Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • The work-life balance was awesome (in 45 reviews)

  • The work environment is so good that sometimes it becomes too good to handle (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • No work-life balance Constant fear of lay-off or reorg (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Cadence is showing new growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New growth and new momentum is clearly seen in the company.

    Cons

    Some groups might be slow.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the new momentum.


  2. Positive work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed work environment. strong professionalism.

    Cons

    Layoffs for cost cutting. Too few leaves.


  3. Good company great people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Great people + Good work life balance + Good benefits

    Cons

    + While opportunity to grow exists it is somewhat limited by the lack of growth in the industry


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  5. software architect

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good chance of experiencing various software implementation.

    Cons

    benefit is not good enough.


  6. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Work environment is conducive for personal and professional contribution

    Cons

    Nothing that I am aware of


  7. Interesting Work, not so interesting environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Much of the work is challenging and state of the art. Some very talented people in the trenches doing the heavy lifting.

    Cons

    Cadence is very top down with little empowerment of employees. Even minor decisions get pushed up and there is very little risk taking. Decisions involve endless meetings and lots of second guessing. Little or no loyalty to long term employees. Lots of formal communication downwards, very limited informal communication up and down.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking to outsiders to fix your problems. You have lots of talent inside but you need to get to know them.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good company to work for with better benefits.

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you keep doing your job, you can survive. Overall Cadence as a company is very good, competitive benefits, few campus wide events every year.

    Cons

    Everyone want to work in Silo, trying to safe guard their job. Too much politics, back stabbing. Low morale in IT. Can not question your manager or higher up.

    Advice to Management

    Lower positions does the work, directors and sr. directors are hired all over but for what in IT?


  9. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company faces many challenges to compete in its market which means that individuals have to work hard. But, generally, they are financially rewarded decently for a large established company.

    Cons

    Management is in flux and not open about upcoming changes. Unsure of implications for future career opportunities.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    -Good culture -Good products -Very competitive salary and perks

    Cons

    -Must be interested in EDA industry


  11. Helpful (1)

    Staff App Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company, Good people to work with. Always working on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Can do better with compensation. Don't like forced shutdowns which is a letdown!!

    Advice to Management

    Doing good technology innovation, business strategy and execution. So keep up the good work. Make sure driving force behind the company success that is engineers are not left off in sharing the company success. Overall great company.



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