Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
338 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's also good work-life balance and support for employees (in 45 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to many years of downsizing there is not much work life balance if you are in HR or finance (in 10 reviews)

  • Too much politicking, particularly in middle management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Legacy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Always changing and innovative in some areas. So many things going on hard to get board.

    Cons

    too many people in positions over 20 years not allowing change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to shed some old timers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Acquisition mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable salary and benefits and schedule.

    Cons

    Acquisition happens any time. Mentality is more of a software than hardware company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees real work to do and innovate before acquire other companies

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    Very good coworkers; somewhat limited opportunities; need to invest more in customer support

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The best thing I can say is that most coworkers at the individual contributor level, and first-level managers who had worked their way up over time from the roles they were now managing, were very good and I have great respect for their skills, values, and work ethic. There are always exceptions to this of course, but they were the minority.

    Cons

    On the field side, work/life balance is not satisfactory and that is echoed by others. It does depend on your customer assignments, though. Even in profitable spaces, however, management seems unwilling to make changes to alleviate this, even when asked directly and repeatedly. There is instead a push to just do more with less, and faster. In my observation, this results in lost opportunities for business growth and career development, and risks high rates of burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management at the C-level and executive staff appear to be doing a steady and solid job in steering the company. This is especially true in contrast to the group under Mike Fister and his staff that were cleaned out by the board some years ago. Things are much better now.

    I would advise management to look closely into their customers' satisfaction, and invest more to raise it. Don't manage to investors' expectations of margins, like this was just another software company, but give to customers the technical support they need (not just to the favored "top" customers). You will see dividends in customer and employee satisfaction and productivity.

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    very customer driven

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer  in  Lake Katrine, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Lake Katrine, NY

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

    Pros

    very customer driven
    good intersite cooperation

    Cons

    IT support could be better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern program could have been better

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    Former Employee - Automation Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Automation Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I joined here as an intern my manager was very friendly and let me work on different project.

    Cons

    Suddenly my manager was laid off and I was put under different manager, who showed less interest in assigning any work to me. I would find work for myself after talking to different people around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a good well organized program for interns.

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

    Stumbled in 2008, crawling, walking, still not running

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

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

    Pros

    There are teams of great people at this company.
    Everyone works very hard.
    Benefits are good. Pay is good.
    CEO means well, has a good heart, but ....

    Cons

    There are political players, building little kingdoms.
    R&D runs the show, and R&D management will say they listen to customers, but the resulting buggy and user-hostile software demonstrates otherwise.
    Personal growth is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless there is better balance between the organizations and in what drives the business decisions, you will never catch up to Synopsys.... or be an Apple, ARM, TSMC.
    Continue to improve "deal quality" getting fair pay for products.
    Continue to emphasize quality; add to that usability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cadence not the same as it used to be ...

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Used to be major EDA leader, currently a shadow of current leader, Synopysy.

    Cons

    Employees are not seen as a vital resource, just workers on a production line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees as your most powerful resource.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Salary, Not so good group dynamics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, salary and bonus

    Cons

    Groups not very cohesive, not much of team work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where team work is appreciated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are in a good team, you do learn a lot.

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

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

    Pros

    It depends on the size of the team and the way of how does your manager works. My manager always encourage us to rotate and try new things. And sometimes, a little pushy to make you try your best. So it is a good chance for entry level to gain experience.

    Cons

    The salary is, really... OK. Although the company environment is friendly and good for experience. I cannot help thinking, I do can earn more and also learn in another place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff

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    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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working time. Recently status is reliable.

    Cons

    Salary is too low compare with other bay area company.

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