Cadence Design Systems
3.3 of 5 311 reviews
www.cadence.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.3 311 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Cadence Design Systems President and CEO Lip-Bu Tan

Lip-Bu Tan

(129 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Excellent work life balance and home office provisions and flexibility"
    in 39 reviews
  • "great work life balance, good work environment"
    in 24 reviews
Cons:
  • "Technology used by most R&D groups is outdated"
    in 11 reviews
  • "On the field side, work/life balance is not satisfactory and that is echoed by others"
    in 6 reviews
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    Limited career growth & internal politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCEO 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay, bad management

    Group Director (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsPay is good. Smart people.

    ConsRun like an old-school chip company. Poor communications, poor management. CEO is rarely there. They had a shot with EDA360 and some new products but then abandoned that when the CMO left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate better internal communications. Share company vision. Integrate product groups so there is a common goal/vision for success. Foster an atmosphere of collaboration.

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

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    Very Political company

    Marketing Vice President (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsIt is the #2 company in industry

    ConsLots of time is spent in meetings and politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake roles more clear. Encourage results not politics

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best places for EDA software engineers

    Product Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsA lot of passionate engineers, competitive compensation, and flexible work time. The company has the whole EDA platform, and solutions, so you can build up what ever you can imaginate in EDA products.

    ConsNeed a lot of energy to work cross teams, because it's large company with global distribution, and different cultures you have to get used to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more training for junior engineer, especially the production flow, it takes long time for new employee to understand the product release cycle and what team needs to response to which part.

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

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    Amazing work environment

    Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsEveryone in office is so friendly and adjusting. Amazing team work. People are always willing to learn and grow together as one.. Much like the company motto "One Cadence One Team"

    ConsYou will love this company far too much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work.

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

    Member of Consulting Staff (Former Employee)

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementComing 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.

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

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    Don't waste your time in Cadence if you want to grow

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTechnically not old enough.
    Some engineers are smart, and nice.
    Sales / marketing seems okay.

    ConsIf you want to grow in someway, don't waste your time in this company.
    Management is just caring about what you produced, not what you have, what you need, not to mention what you want. DO NOTICE THIS: Bad words from manager(s) are not uncommon!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNobody has sold him/herself to you. They are people, so they must be taken as people, not slave or machine.

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

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    Legacy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementtime to shed some old timers

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

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