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30+ days ago

Principal R&D Application Engineer

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

• Provide in-depth support for various Tensilica software development tools , specifically Xtensa C/C++ compiler, linker and assembler • Become an… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Sr. Product Engineer (Physical Verification)

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

· Develop Physical Verification rule decks (i.e. DRC, ERC, FILL and LVS) · Setup efficient flows to improve rule deck development quality and… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Software Architect - SoC Verification IP Development

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

include SoC/System level software architecture focusing on SoC interface controllers such as DDR, USB, AXI, etc. and SoC/System level integration… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Group Director – Platform Validation

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

Cadence is the leader in hardware emulation-acceleration technologies and products. Looking for a hands-on system design validation group director… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Digital Implementation Solutions Engineer

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

As a Solutions Engineer, this individual will be responsible for all aspects of physical implementation from RTL to GDS, including all the sign-off… Cadence Designs

8 days ago

Application Engineer

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA +2 locations

As a Cadence Application Engineer , you will become responsible for accomplishing many different tasks. This provides the unique opportunity to not… Cadence Designs

27 days ago

Research & Development Intern

Cadence Designs Austin, TX

Cadence in Austin is looking for an intern to develop algorithms in the physical design space. The candidate should have a master’s degree and be… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Product Engineer, Customer Engagements

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

Seeking a highly motivated, customer-facing engineer who can spearhead Digital Implementation & Signoff engagements with top tier global customers… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Sr Principal Software Engineer (RTL Compiler R&D)

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

will include physical infrastructure development, physical synthesis optimization algorithm & strategy development, data-model enhancements, and… Cadence Designs

30+ days ago

Sr Principal Software Engineer (RTL Power)

Cadence Designs San Jose, CA

Join the new Joules RTL Power team in Cadence! Chip power is one of the key challenges facing IC design teams. Today, power analysis is done at the… Cadence Designs

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


    -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.

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    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.

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