Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.3 314 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Cadence Design Systems President and CEO Lip-Bu Tan

Lip-Bu Tan

(131 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There's also good work-life balance and support for employees(in 41 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  • Technology used by most R&D groups is outdated(in 11 reviews)

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    Challenging and interesting work place

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsJob is well compensated and outstanding work is recognized and rewarded. Good benefits and perks.

    ConsWork-life balance needs to considered as a global company, people in IT are extended to work OT to meet international time zone needs. 8pm PST meetings is not uncommon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to pay more attention to line-level workers needs as issues and concerns are masked/filtered by mid-level management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Established high-tech company with little growth prospective

    Architect (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIt's an established company so should be pretty stable; treats employee okey; comp is comparable to other not-so-hot companies

    ConsThe field is not growing much and lack of moneitization potential, thus has little growth prospective

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to diversification and technology explorarion, and employee growth and furfillment aspects too

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty good place to work, but will stagnate

    AMS Design (Current Employee)

    ProsPay and benefits are up there (compared to other companies here), so that rocks.
    Work life balance here is actually fantastic. I've rarely had to sacrifice time with my family. The management here is quite skilled at keeping resources working reasonable hours.
    Amazing colleagues

    ConsVery limited room to move up (if at all). The ceiling is not far
    No future visibility. I couldn't tell you what''s coming up in 3 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForced vacations, not cool. Make promotions happen, it's amazing how much it could motivate someone.
    Spend some money on your employees, it doesn't have to be much. Donuts on mondays. Beer and c hips on Friday afternoons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Senior Member of Consulting Staff (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery good atmosphere
    Very good pay
    Great co-workers

    ConsWork life balance
    Low incentives
    Long hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore incentives
    Increase office amenities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at Cadence

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and decent salary. Highly dedicated and professional team members. Current CEO seems to be leading the company in the right direction

    ConsToo much change in IT. Over the past year IT has taken significant hits in personnel and management changes. Morale is very low across most teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIT senior management needs to realize that employees are more than budget line items.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly people. Knowledgeable management. Great technical work.

    ConsLong hours. Tight schedules.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Principle ae

    Principal Applications Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsKnowing people and industry tend

    ConsPersonal growth is limited a little bit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage employee creating new ideas and products.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You make your own opportunities

    Senior Member of Consulting Staff (Former Employee)

    ProsYou can build a global personal network based on the colleagues and customers you engage with. Doing solid work that solves real problems will get you noticed.

    Most years, Cadence holds an internal technical conference that provides additional opportunities to burnish your reputation among peers. Not everyone gets to go, but those who do can use the event to launch collaboration across business units and geographic sites.

    Most employees are happy with their local teams, and reserve their suspicion for other business units and senior management strategy.

    Lots of former employees come back through acquisitions and direct recruiting. These are usually the senior contributors who figured out how to manage their career opportunities at Cadence.

    ConsVacation benefits have been a disaster, unless you were senior enough to bank enough hours. Fortunately there has been some softening over the last year to move towards a more rational and employee-friendly policy.

    Career advancement is pretty easy until you get to Member of Consulting Staff, beyond that you need to be seen working on customer engagements that management cares about. Higher level promotions are rare for the operations teams and software generalists.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLong-term employees have seen just about every org-chart and management strategy several times. I know you are trying to optimize something that isn't working well, but realize that Cadence quit doing what you are advocating, at least once.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Staff Systems Engineer

    Staff Systems Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood collaborative environment to work in. Good benfits.

    ConsNothing that I can think of.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A solid company that sometimes suffers from gridlock and challenging leadership

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Chelmsford, MA

    ProsI had a chance over 13 years to work with incredibly talented people for a company that at times was an innovator in EDA. During the better times there was room for growth, challenging projects and the ability to work with customers on cutting edge technology.

    ConsDuring our leadership changes the company suffered from poor morale, constant mergers and acquisitions led to duplication of efforts and re-orgs which were always poorly timed which was unfortunate because I really feel its a great company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe constant re-organizations and changes in direction within IT hurt morale greatly and resulted in several cases of duplication of work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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