Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
362 Reviews
3.6
362 Reviews
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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.  

    EDA as a field is getting commoditized. Not a whole of lot of new stuff going on.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable job. Great benefits! Good leadership team now.

    Cons

    Nothing new going on in the EDA side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in how the rank-and-file work. Since this is an old field, there are a lot of people who are in the company for a long time. Hence, a lot of bureaucracy and junior people do not get a whole of monitorship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    simple

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    a well managedcomapny with chances

    Cons

    traditionally not respectful to technology

  3.  

    Very good company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Good management, flexibility and good culture.

    Cons

    Not many converted from internship to permanent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start in EDA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Exposure to state of the art EDA requirements. Good place to learn and grow in the beginning of an EDA career.

    Cons

    Not so good for experienced professionals. Not much growth opportunity as there are not that many positions within the group that can exploit experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better exposure to senior members of staff and utilize them more effectively, instead of assigning them routine jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Reasonable benefits and compensation; in 15 years it was never successful in getting back on top

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits, great mission with 'One Cadence' and teamwork.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from upper management, change in IT management whose strategy has taken 10 years off of progress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Moving away from the so called family culture they pretend to foster.

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    Current Employee - IT Support in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance was awesome.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, your job is not safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to fostering loyalty and security within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad ending to a great career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    challenging work environment. Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology to support a highly technical group of people.

    Cons

    Politics are the rule of the day at Cadence IT, not ability or experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sending jobs overseas to save money while you are a US based company is just plain tacky. While all companies have to meet their bottom line letting petty politics rule your E-Staff and their reports shows a real lack of true leadership ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A ok company to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The working culture is good, but depending on the department. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Internal politics may make people unhappy and leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Some Good, Some Bad, and Some Ugly.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    -Executive Team means well, tries hard, and has succeeded in turning the company around in revenue, customer gains, and industry perception. (with the help of very hard-working employees.)
    -Decent base salary, if you are an engineer or manager/director/VP. (Not so much in non-revenue producing areas, such as IT, HR, RE, etc.)
    -Rewards and Recognition system that makes it easy to reward your fellow employees for outstanding work. (although, with a fairly small dollar amount.)
    -#2 in industry market, with definite possibility of regaining #1 spot. (albeit out of only 3 main players.)
    -Stock price has consistently risen in recent years.
    -Conveniently located in North SJ near many major freeways.
    -Plenty of parking.

    Cons

    -Top-layer-heavy. Lots of managers, directors, and VP's. Not enough actual "doers".
    -Hiring from outside for management positions rather than promoting from within.
    -Recently changed bonus plan structure so that doing a good job and achieving your goals in helping the company succeed will only get you 70-90% of your target bonus amount. To get 100%, you need to exceed them.
    -Mandatory vacation periods ("shutdowns" where the company is not actually shut down.)
    -Company does not subsidize cafeteria or breakroom, so meals and snacks are expensive.
    -Fitness center is old and worn, even though company charges employees $20/mo to use it.
    -Not very "green".
    -Cost-cutting is job one.
    -C-level push for "Top 100 Best Place to Work" status, without actually doing anything to make it one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a 100 Best Place to Work, then BE a 100 Best Place to Work. (Simply asking the employees to fill out surveys is not good enough.) :
    -Subsidize the cafeteria so employees do not pay $10 or more for lunch.
    -Improve the break rooms to provide healthy choices in the vending machines, and price them AT COST. The break rooms should not be revenue centers. (Why can I buy a bottle of water at Costco for 50c, and it costs me $1.25 at work?)
    -Stop charging a fee for the fitness center. You should be promoting healthy behavior. It saves the company money by having fewer sick days, and also lowers health insurance costs. (If you are going to charge for it, then refresh and modernize it.)
    -Stop charging a fee to use the electric vehicle charging stations. You should be promoting responsible environmental behavior among your employees, not making money from those who do.
    -Stop viewing cost-cutting as the primary metric of success. The company is growing.
    -End the forced vacation period policy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK Company

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay/benefits
    Experienced executive team
    Strong financial performance

    Cons

    Revised bonus plan
    Communication on projects is lacking
    Job training is lacking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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