Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for with better benefits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Staff App Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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  5. Place to retire

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

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

    Pros

    Easy work load for most of the time.

    Cons

    Highly political. Most directors are retired on the job

    Advice to Management

    Use accountability to clean the house


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company but not for all groups

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Remote worker option for some positions
    Good salary
    Skilled people

    Cons

    The IT organization is not people focused
    IT management has cut many outstanding employees or forced them out

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees!


  7. Cadence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus and good people

    Cons

    No long term vision, management doesn't share what is going on with project


  8. Helpful (3)

    Large decent company in competitive space

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    The company in general was the leader. Good work life balance. Decent compensation and good benefits. Culture in general is good and good people.

    Cons

    Space is very competitive and cut throat, company went through layoffs. Old technology and driven by semi-conductor markets.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to differentiate offering. If layoffs are necessary, make them infrequent.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Talented people, but not much career advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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

    Pros

    - Talented and helpful people with strong background
    - Good solid technology
    - Use of leading industry tools
    - Challenging projects, sometimes too much

    Cons

    - Pay is ok, nothing to shout about
    - Good technology, but old
    - Lack of good documentation of technology
    - Some fraction of people with strong background are aloof and arrogant
    - Lack of career advancement opportunities


  10. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are very nice and friendly.

    Cons

    I was in Austin, TX. The office site does not have anything, like gym, restaurant...


  11. Cadence

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Stable and leadership is moving the company in the right direction

    Cons

    A software company run by electrical engineers. More of a semiconductor company than a software company, not very nimble and slow to adopt new technology.



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