Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance and home office provisions and flexibility (in 45 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to many years of downsizing there is not much work life balance if you are in HR or finance (in 11 reviews)

  • Distant people, lack transparency, arrogant middle management, very little opportunity (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Manager

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people, excellent team work and front line (those at the coal face), support, communicate and help each other.

    Cons

    Complete lack of support, communication and respect from Senior Management. Decisions made in a vacuum, without understanding the implications and expecting the ever decreasing staff to resolve. Outsourcing on one hand but expecting "on-site & engaged", which is very difficult when waiting on someone to answer the outsourced Service Desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some cojones, start to respect your employees and stop using them as doormats. Hiding away behind your doors and ignoring the talent is no way to lead a department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poorly managed company seeking to improve on years of poorly executed strategy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good number of motivated and caring people. Most employees want the company to succeed and put the time and effort to do their best work.

    Cons

    No work-life balance Constant fear of lay-off or reorg. No stability. Senior management micromanages to the point of suffocation. Years of failed strategy has kept the company from being successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to perform their job duties without micromanagement. Work-life balance is critical to retaining a team of motivated employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started awesome ended in a whimper

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are very talented, especially the individual contributors. A lot of the infrastructure is very cutting edge due to the previous IT leadership.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of re-organizations. In 13+ years, there was an annual "RIF" in 10 of them every October/November. Leadership at the top changed over 5 times. A significant amount of in-fighting between various business groups. Additionally, there were integrity issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to prep the company to be acquired. IBM, Intel, ... some company that has stable leadership, vision, and resources in place to execute. Since Joe C. left, the company has foundered....its like a ship taking on water with a broken rudder in the middle of the pacific.

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

    Flexible hours, good cafe, but wouldn't consider a bright future here.

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    Former Employee - Director, Product Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Product Marketing in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and communication. High turnover in Exec / Management makes it hard to get momentum. with any project or plan. Too many "forced" vacations (4 weeks annually) and very few merit increases (only 1 in the last 3 years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize valuable contributors. Open your eyes to the disconnect between Senior Management and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    No chance for impactful work; majority of managers don't know how to manage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great pay. Everyone seems highly qualified for the work they're doing. Longevity for engineers. They're going through many (good) changes in differentiating themselves.

    Cons

    Too much politicking, particularly in middle management. Managers don't nurture subordinates (give growth opportunities, mentorship, assign the right kind of work). A lot of internal strife. C-level business leaders are either oblivious to it all or ignoring it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to who is simply paying lip service and who has the real chops. Things get lost or altered in the chain of command/management too easily, you'll have to figure a more efficient workflow/communication process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Limited career growth & internal politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    CEO tries hard. Lots of improvement from Fister days but still a long way to go.
    Great opportunities to grow if in strong business unit and caring manager.

    Cons

    Management do not care about people, only care about looking good.
    Not about how good you are technically, all about who you know and who likes you.
    Focus on results is good but not at any cost... Poor work-life balance, echoed by others.
    If in weak product line, be prepared to be the scape-goat and become a casualty of BU agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to truly listen, otherwise most people may not be able to perform nor stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Political company

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    Current Employee - Marketing Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Vice President in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is the #2 company in industry

    Cons

    Lots of time is spent in meetings and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make roles more clear. Encourage results not politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of bureaucracy and internal politics, excessive levels of management.

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    Former Employee - Member of Consulting Staff
    Former Employee - Member of Consulting Staff

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

    Pros

    The CEO is trying hard. Lots of experience within the company.

    Cons

    Company has the inability to embrace and develop new technology from within. Lot's of resources used within the company used to develop technology that will not help customers or the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coming from the development side of the company, management needs move away from technology and practices from the 70's and 80's and embrace modern tools and methodologies. I would suggest removing the whole middle level management and replacing them with people who can implement new ideas so the company can move into the current decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    lots of politics. get in where you fit in and be ready to play the dirty game

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively light workload compared to other companies. But if you are in a customer facing role, your worklife balance will be dictated by the customer. There are good people very lightly sprinkled throughout the company, but everyone will CYA at your expense if and when the time comes.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Some coworkers are set in their ways and don't want to change, even if for the better and if directed by management to do so. Unfortunately if you don't pick up on the games quickly, you can find yourself on the losing team before you know it. Your coworkers can be your worst enemy and make your life miserable as they decide whether you're right in their book fairly quickly--and often without your knowing it until the most inopportune time when they really let you know how they feel about you. Your boss will let the customer and your coworkers abuse you if it keeps her from having to address serious internal or external issues. Only after the heat reaches her seat will the boss step in, but by then your goose is cooked with the customer, anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the game players. Fire those who don't want to address issues squarely and let issues get out of control. Talk straight with customers and stop thinking you can keep the customer happy by feeding your employees to them as a free lunch. That's not a sustainable method for moving from the #2 spot in the EDA industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great products, money wasted at the top.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart engineers and great products. Very stable and well maintained code development environment,

    Cons

    Misguided senior management. Stingy with engineering while loose with sales and e-staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who build the product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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