Synopsys

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Synopsys Reviews

Updated 8 November 2014
Updated 8 November 2014
496 Reviews
3.8
496 Reviews
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Synopsys Co-CEOs Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
Dr. Aart J. de Geus and Dr. Chi-Foon Chan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You don't get lots of work to do as the products are pretty stable, which means good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Provide good work-life balanced and flexible work environment (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • gt;) Limited opportunities for growth (in 14 reviews)

  • Expectations are little high at-least in our team, breaking work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to leading edge semiconductor technologies and circuit design.

    Synopsys is the most financially sound EDA company, and the caliber of co-workers is high.

    Cons

    Limited career growth and below average job satisfaction due to the highly reactive nature of a career in EDA. This isn't specific to Synopsys, though. It is characteristic of the EDA industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aid employees in finding career development opportunities.

    The salary structure is a mystery. Even if your product group exceeds revenue goals the annual bonus / incentive pay is unpredictable.

    Mgmt is aware of employees' hard work and over-time hours. Proactively reward / recognize employees' accomplishments rather than wait for them to resign from Synopsys.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    There is no undue pressure put on by the management, and work done is duly appreciated. Co-workers are really bright and there is something new to learn almost everyday. Top management is really solid and it is a stable company.

    Cons

    Growth is slower compared to other companies. It is slowly expanding its domain through acquisitions, but comparatively slow growing.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Well managed, stable and respected company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The company has strong financials and is the market leader in most areas of the industry. They sometimes maintain this leadership through acquisitions but do a good job of integrating new companies and technologies. In general the staff is intelligent, hard working and customer focused.

    Cons

    Legacy products and bureaucratic tracking systems can make it difficult to satisfy customer requirements. The development and support teams are global, requiring many late evening meetings which can interfere with work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good working place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, working environment, learning, training, stable

    Cons

    Slow company growth, bad competition between groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the rule to provide consistent benefit and target between groups
    Need good incentive rule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ossified

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer Staff in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer Staff in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stable, pays well. Generally pleasant environment. Good place to hide out in a downturn. Reasonable location for commuting.

    Cons

    Aging and non-mobile management structure in Silicon Valley, younger employees and expansion seems to be mostly in Asia. Limited scope for upward mobility. Business units conflict rather than complement. No vision for EDA (continually fighting last battle). Multiple overlaps in BU functionality. Insufficient technical expertise in management leads to "analysis paralysis". No internal leadership, only respond to customers - reactive not proactive.
    Sorely missing real software architects and EDA methodology people - lots of missed opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor the mission statement on the badge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to start with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Yerevan (Armenia)

    I have been working at Synopsys (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable and comfortable place to work

    Cons

    Getting promoted is harder than expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Life Work Balance, Lack of Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Synopsys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Life are really easy there, People are friendly. no overtime work.

    Cons

    IC industry is going down, it is even worse in EDA, there are only two big EDA companies, so it is very hard to find good opportunities, don't expect sharp increase of your salary, especially compared to dotcoms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management team is good, but that's the market trend. If there is no big innovation, the situation will not change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good work-life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Cutting edge work, technology
    - You always keep learning every day (if you are open to learning)
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Salary is not the best; but comparable to market average of companies working in similar domain
    - Mid-level managers are clueless on business. Just want to please their superiors
    - Not much differences in compensation between a high performer and a laggard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Should try to improve the quality of mid-level managers for betterment of the company/organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best EDA company, one of the top software company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice Life-work balance.
    Competitive salary.
    Good working environment.
    Very nice colleagues and managers.

    Cons

    Only put your salary at a competitive level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much communicating.
    I love it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable and filled with good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    For such a large company there are an extremely high proportion of truly nice people who are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up once you get to a moderately senior position, but it's also very easy to stay put and have good quality of life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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