Synopsys Reviews

Updated 13 September, 2014
Updated 13 September, 2014
472 Reviews
3.8
472 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
363 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides a good work/life balance, mostly an un-stressed work environment (in 66 reviews)

  • The work environment is exciting and there are a bunch of new challenges every week (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • gt;) Limited opportunities for growth (in 12 reviews)

  • There is not much room for career growth for the CAEs (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work with

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    Former Employee - Analog IC  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Analog IC in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable job with lots of peer support
    corporate structure supports individualism and creativity
    encourages technical competency by reading papers etc
    Managers are generally technically competent and are willing to support employees

    Cons

    could be more innovative. Management should give out "brainstorming" sessions. Some decision are made by "higher up" and does not involve engineers
    Corporate spirit is becoming stale in recent years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more intrapreneur

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer II  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer II in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good management, good pay, world-class design group

    Cons

    no recreational facilities at the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some recreational facilities to the office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    Really good company to work for.

    Cons

    I can't list any cons.

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synopsys

    Pros

    Great place to work with friendly and smart people.My best company so far in terms of work environment.

    Cons

    Some times too much work due to aggressive deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better project management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    it was good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Synopsys

    Pros

    repectful, chanleging, state of art, good compensation

    Cons

    too much work, not the best managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better project managment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable employer - top in industry - well respected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very stable company with excellent financial base. Aart has been CEO since he founded the company in 1986 so also provides consistent leadership - no surprises. Great people - very smart and engaging. In semiconductor industry there's always something new to learn. Plenty of opportunities for travel. Good flex time benefits for vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Company has inconsistent career development opportunities. Engineering career ladder is pretty formal and there is an annual promotion opportunity to staff and principal engineer. However, for other roles it's left to the whims of your senior executive and manager to make the effort to file paperwork and fight for a promotion. In many cases, there is just no opportunity unless someone leaves the company or retires and that can take many years.
    Benefits and fun factor has left the company - HR is more focused on cutting costs and making sure everyone passes the annual ethics training than helping to create a fun work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the motivation and fun to the company - this place is tired and old, not a good place to recruit the next generation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Synopsys is a comfortable place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager

    I have been working at Synopsys full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Management is stable and has built a strong culture. Compensation is competitive and there is significant incentive for good performance.

    Cons

    Stable management means few opportunities to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    software engineer of verification group

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    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer II in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    first job with good salary and benifit

    Cons

    Need domain knowledge about electronic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dynamic but sometimes disjointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Synopsys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay. Opportunities for advancement. Exciting technical work. Leading edge of technology. CEO is a very dynamic and personable guy.

    Cons

    Synopsys is a "Frankenstein's Monster" of acquistions. Sometimes the acquired do not play so well together and management treats them like children, locking them in a room and letting them "work it out" on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on integration and alignment. Management should look at what they are acquiring and clearly define an integration path and strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting job in a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer I
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer I

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

    Pros

    Can offer a wide variety of tasks and opportunities to learn new methodologies.
    People are very nice and competent, the company itself is very solid and with great work ethics.

    Cons

    Big semiconductor names have lot of power at times in driving the development causing frequent changes in schedule and priorities.
    Lot of contractors hired recently and given major tasks, the ones you would expect the permanent employees to take ownership of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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