Cadence Design Systems
3.3 of 5 283 reviews
www.cadence.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.3 283 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Cadence Design Systems President and CEO Lip-Bu Tan

Lip-Bu Tan

(109 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 40 reviews
  • "great work life balance, good work environment"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Technology used by most R&D groups is outdated"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Company is too top-heavy: lots of directors and managers with no reports;"
    in 10 reviews
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good

Architect (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Prosflexible working time and schedule

Conslow salary compared to competitors

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Learnt a lot and met a lot of great people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

Pros* Challenging Software Projects
* Smart People

Cons* Project Teams can very distributed geographically
* Company's best days are over

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of shakeup at management

Senior Services AE (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsHas a lot of flexibility

ConsNo accountability on management missteps

Advice to Senior ManagementCost cutting on excessive traveling for management

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Passionate and Earnest R&D that wins results

Senior Architect (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat Distributed Global R&D. Very Smart Talented Engineers and AEs. Zero Politics, No Worries about Stepping over over-sized toes of purple Engineers.

ConsSlightly Longer commutes if you are in mountain view or Palo Alto.
Not too many lunch meetings: No free food :-) (just kidding)
Macs are not fully integrated yet into IT systems (but getting there)

Advice to Senior ManagementSubsidize the cafe food!

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

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Cadence should recognize and provide growth opportunities for its women workforce and talent

Senior Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsThe CEO has turned Cadence around in the past 4 years in business growth, company culture and competitiveness in the market place. The culture is such that I look forward to go to work.

ConsThe senior.and middle management ( practically all male except for the HR branch and some sales execs.) do not recognize women force talent. Cadence needs to move to the modern era and recognize that women can do the technology centric jobs just as well.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate an awareness and train the male workforce, from Senior management, middle management and the individual contributor level, about the value of diversity and put in place a program that recognizes contributions and communicates that female product marketing, R&D and product engineers ...etc. are an important and necessary part of the Cadence talent pool. They should be given equal opportunity for career growth and to contribute towards making a difference in the Cadence's innovation and business growth. Put in place an objective career growth path. The current process for career growth is ad hoc and very subjective.

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

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Good experience, very solid environment but not much room to grow.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

ProsVery, very nice people
very family like atmostphere

ConsWorkforce is aging, and there is not much room to grow

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Seek a different company with better mgmt.

Director of Marketing (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsLarge company benefits
Cleaned house of most of the Boys Club = new thinking
Good pay

ConsEngineering driven - not market driven
Too political
Inexperienced CEO with no operating experience

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the rest of the old guard
Too many "slow leaks" still working there

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mediocre technology in a country club setting

Technical Marketing (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat benefits including bonuses & stock options
Most of the customers were great and very interesting
Flexible - but long - working hours.

ConsDevelopment was far from agile and the technology often seemed to lag that of the competitors. Acquired companies seems to be bogged down to the point of frustration and failure.

Words of wisdom from HR upon joining "...we shoot the messengers here. Survivors don't rock the boat ..." says a lot about the culture.

Too many levels of over paid management that didn't deliver. But become a member of the elite club and one can skate along with poor performance for a long period.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not Best In Class Marketing

Corporate Marketing (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsGreat People! Sincere. However too many have been there for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25++ years!

ConsScattered Leadership, Poor Sr. Management, Poor Marketing Vision

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be an engineered driven company. Apple's not, is Intel?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cadence is doing well in terms of strategy

Engineering Director (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsGood technology oriented company with good people

ConsWork-life balance is not good.

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

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