Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
328 Reviews

3.4
328 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's also good work-life balance and support for employees (in 42 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • On the field side, work/life balance is not satisfactory and that is echoed by others (in 9 reviews)

  • Technology used by most R&D groups is outdated (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT People stay far far away

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Pay, that is about it. Work-life balance used to be good, but less and less as more people get cut and you have to cover their job as well.

    Cons

    Live from quarter to quarter wondering if you are going to be laid off. New IT management team is just cutting people to save money, with no view towards maintaining customer sat or infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the entire IT upper management team. Outsourcing most of your IT will never end well, people who have contracts with you will not give their blood, sweat, and tears when your biggest money making systems crash and burn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay is about it.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued. IT senior leadership is too political and treats employees disgracefully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slash and burn is not a viable strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time in Cadence if you want to grow

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

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Technically not old enough.
    Some engineers are smart, and nice.
    Sales / marketing seems okay.

    Cons

    If you want to grow in someway, don't waste your time in this company.
    Management is just caring about what you produced, not what you have, what you need, not to mention what you want. DO NOTICE THIS: Bad words from manager(s) are not uncommon!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nobody has sold him/herself to you. They are people, so they must be taken as people, not slave or machine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad, bad experience

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

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Stable company, some smart people

    Cons

    Distant people, lack transparency, arrogant middle management, very little opportunity

    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place for career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Configuration Management Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Configuration Management Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance
    Highly qualified peers

    Cons

    Low salary
    No career growth at all
    Management don't recognize the value of a good employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention what employee really needs
    Pay better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Back to the Past

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

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good teams within the organzations, albeit few

    Cons

    Lack of skills and ability within HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many in HR have been in the same department for 10+ years. It's time to bring new perspective, new experiences and knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Management ran the company into the ground ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Sales Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Sales Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good technical expertise. Better than Mentor

    Cons

    Too political. Middle level management (directors & group directors) should be replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    poor management, very bad experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Some of the best technical people in the industry. Other than that, I can't think of anything worth working at Cadence.

    Cons

    Witnessed several rounds of layoffs, and constant change of management, I feel the company is going no where. There are a lot of internal politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect. Reduce layers of management, reduce the number of managers, managers should also do hands on work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Cadence needs better mid level managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Consulting Staff  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Consulting Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good piers

    Cons

    Poor management especially mid level managers
    less growth opportunity.
    Very less communication from the management.
    Management doesn't want to recognize the good work of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid level managers are lots of time biased. Please pay attention to the jobs delivered by your employee rather than from where they belong to and who they are!

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work, not anymore!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    * Peer/coworkers are very nice and knowledgable
    * Good balance between personal and office life

    Cons

    * Very poor management
    * Don't try to recognise the good work of the employee
    * Lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to see how your reportees are performing and recognise them with promotion and other package. Don't promote some because of he/she belongs to someone's friend or from differe background.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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