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Updated January 19, 2018
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  1. "Staff Application Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can access as many tools as needed

    Cons

    No real industrial experience obtained

    Advice to Management

    Allow rotation of roles between departments


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Awesome opportunity to see how we used to work 20 years ago"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture, very open-minded, great diversity, respectful, good benefits, no pressure, money is not a problem.

    Cons

    This review is for the SIG group, which basically corresponds to Coverity enriched with other acquisitions in the security field.

    Good place if you want to rest, terrible if you want to learn or deliver anything.

    Very academic and outdated approaches. Coverity was oriented towards research and was specialized in C/C++, and several years later, they have not succeeded to do anything else, whereas they have invested on many other products and technologies.

    Some teams have been working for several years on projects which were never published. Some of these projects would have been delivered in 5 less times by skilled teams in modern companies. Other would just have been trashed right away with a better understanding of the market.

    R&D is not the only guilty. There is just no product management. Coverity was used to build products for developers, and they have never considered Product Management as a critical area. Talking UI/UX was shameful until recently.

    What would product managers do anyway? Everything is owned at the VP level, and no manager dares to say how their directions are not relevant. Everyone pretends and waits for the next decisions, which will invalidate the previous ones.

    Synopsys/SIG builds an offer for the stock market, not for customers. Products are sold because they allow customers to check requirements in their process. They are not really used.

    They also acquire lots of products, but they barely know what they are doing beyond the marketing sheet. And they break them after a few months, applying their 1990s recipes.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on delivering, which likely requires a new head management for SIG. Learn how modern companies work in 2017.

  3. "Corporate Applications Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior CAE Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CAE Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong business model with leading edge technology. People are friendly and stress level is fairly low. Good work + life balance with occasional shifts in either way. Synopsys is a leader in many areas (ex: digital design analysis) in a fairly stable market with very few players. Easy to get comfortable and stay for many years. Pretty good manager.

    Cons

    You will meet few people here and there that forgot how to be professional and let personal feelings get in the way of work.

    Advice to Management

    Add few perks and benefits, we are way behind many software companies in the valley.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Long term vision and strength"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to work in, focused on technology and customers

    Cons

    large company politics is starting to come into play


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management chain"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal 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

    Flexible schedule and interesting project but no resource.

    Cons

    The worst management chain compares to my previous employers. Managers micromanage, have favorite, and have no clue on how to promote innovation, team work and proper methodology.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be trained, should look out for employees instead of blaming them for failures.


  6. "Senior Software engineer II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    have good relationship with your coworkers.

    Cons

    the management is very week


  7. Helpful (1)

    "short title"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company usually pays well.

    Cons

    Some of the management needs to go.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always challenging projects to work on, very dynamic culture

    Cons

    Need to work a little more on career growths for employees


  9. "Application engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Good company with solid financials

    Cons

    Management is blindsighted by customer success that they dont pay attention to human side of the employees


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    Good resources
    Balanced work and life
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Office politics
    Limited career development
    Poor management of some individuals


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