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Synopsys Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 25 reviews)

  • Limited career growth, work life balance is poor when working with certain customers / product groups (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "application engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing Pro here. Except people smile and pretend to be friendly. I am here on my 5th year. Promotion is hard to get. Salary of application engineers are less and jobs are moving to India. Very few hiring in this group. Before there was CAE and AE roles. Soon these two groups will merge. Expect more layoffs.

    Cons

    Layoffs are quite often, Long working hours, Team aren't friendly, abusive, can't report to HR either , HR is with nexus with Manager

    Advice to Management

    Management totally sucks.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "runaway freight train of a BU - Software Integrity Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great San Francisco Location with office looking out to AT&T Park
    - A rock solid mothership business with seemingly infinite patience
    - So mismanaged and flush with cash that even the worst employees are given their full bonuses
    - Sales team is a well-oiled machine being run by an industry veteran and instills a sense of discipline in each of their roles

    Cons

    - By far, this most dysfunctional, political, and wildly optimistic i.e. blind executive team I've ever seen. While the BU has Integrity in its name, the same cannot be said for this highly political, highly paranoid, and departments that not only do not work well together, but flat out hate each other
    As soon as options vest - the smart people are out the door. I'm quite surprised that more oversight isn't put on our BU.
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    Advice to Management

    Most modern tech companies are relatively flat - with the sharing of information and collaboration flowing from all sides of the building. Here, there is fear that talking to someone without permission could land you in trouble. Projects slip or simply disappear and there is zero accountability.
    My advice would be for Synopsys leadership, not the BUs, talk to the employees, take a look at the way things operate. Stop the spending spree, hire someone who can manage that BU, then stop and see how all those fancy new toys you bought can be brought to market quickly six


  3. "Solid company performance but terrible finance organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Solid company with solid results. Co CEOs get along well and are nice.

    Cons

    If you work under current CFO you better have thick skin because he's MEAN! I think mean is an understatement. They guy thinks he's God and thinks he can do ANYTHING he wants. Very unstable environment with finance directors constantly fulfilling their hidden agendas. Never know when u're next in the "firing list". They always have a target, at least 1 person per year. CFO and company fire people without reason and tenure & hard work don't matter. Never know when you are next. HR team is there to protect the company NOT the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of that CFO....yeah he executes but he has no people skills. He doesn't motivate, he doesn't inspire....
    Stop abusing the "at will" policy. Workers are HUMAN not just a number!!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Look away if interested in career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technical staff is good and the communication of ideas between people is better

    Cons

    Worked in Synopsys for many years. Extreme bureaucracy! Compensation and career grows at the slowest compared to competitors. Lots of works but no growth. The management promises people both pay increases and career growth to get Job done. Once Job gets done you are given an excuse. The HR plays along or is the main player in driving this.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep integrity! There was slogan once in Synopsys "Integrity above all else : towards customers!". Integrity is a character, it is not a suite you can wear for business deals alone while trashing one employees! Please read thru review of former employees and check out how consistent they are wrt compensation, career growth and how many see the bureaucracy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cheap company stagnant career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Stable and very smart people as engineers

    Cons

    Lots of people ar mid and senior level engineering positions that have been at that same position for the last so many years

    Advice to Management

    Promote people and bring compensation in line with the new trends in bay area


  7. "Challenging environment after acquisition"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Suitable for people that want stability and consistency in their work (lots of people with more than 10 years service). The company has made and continues to make a number of acquisitions, so there is always lots of work for integration.

    Cons

    My original company was acquired and wasn't well integrated into Synopsys. The culture of the new company was not aligned with the original company and a lot of talent left as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Actively encourage staff to take ownership of their roles to help get the best out of people, make steps to show that you are equal partners when doing acquisitions and provide more training for managers on how to mentor staff.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are comparable to other companies in the same field.

    Cons

    Management is terrible, environment is depressing.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Do not work in Synopsys HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None None None None None

    Cons

    Traditional, Not innovative, tons of politics, No Talent mobility,


  10. "Appraisal process in certain CAE groups is a sham"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Limited work pressure, good company if you are amongst the ones who just wants to glide through

    Cons

    Appraisal process is a big sham in IG CAE groups. There's no correlation between the feedback you receive and evaluation of your performance by your peers. This is indeed very disappointing. You can receive excellent peer feedback and yet have a stagnated career, just because your management doesnt like you. In my previous company, we had a 360 degree feedback system where the feedback about the managers was collected from the reports and provided to the managers for bettering their performance. However, in Synopsys, there's nothing like a 360 degree feedback system, only your managers can evaluate you, your opinon of your managers does not matter, They are ridiculously empowered.

    Advice to Management

    Give engineers a fair opportunity to evaluate the managers


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Do not recommend a CAE role"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff CAE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Staff is mostly friendly
    No micromanagement
    Work from home is not encourage, but permitted (privileges depend on whether you are in good books of the VP)

    Cons

    Left the company as the work is boring and there is no growth or appreciation for the CAE work in IG CAE org.
    Sucking up helps in this company
    Poor bonuses and salary increments compared to the industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Please try to reduce the bureaucracy and recognize and reward real talent.



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