Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated August 27, 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. Great turnaround story

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    Former Employee - Group Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Group Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    + Great benefits + Incredibly smart co-workers + Industry leader + Exceptional executive management team + Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    - Really poor meeting etiquette/time management - Very poor telecommunications systems - Geographically-scattered workforce


  2. Cadence is a good company to work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    The working enviroment is good, the culture is open, it is easy to communicate with co-workers.

    Cons

    As it is not very busy in the daily work, people tend to be a little less active.

    Advice to Management

    Team building, listen to different voice and ideas from engineer.


  3. Strong engineering company with no marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cadence is a remarkably strong engineering company in the EDA business. This is a shrinking business in terms of the number of companies designing ICs. The industry is currently consolidating. So EDA companies must sell more to fewer customers to grow. Cadence is getting very good at developing/finding more to sell.

    Cons

    A few strong leaders control the company's direction to the detriment of the rest of the company. The focus is on IC tools because they sell for higher dollars, which leaves the other tools like the pc board tools to languish. This focus also dictates the selling style, which emphasizes the personal relationships between upper management and a few customers rather than making use of marketing to reach a much broader audience. It's possible to do both. Cadence does not.

    Advice to Management

    Value all of your product lines and get the most revenue you can from all of them. Put some professional, previously successful marketing people from high tech into place ASAP.


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  5. Cadence are a great bay area employer

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cadence not only has great Technology, People, Culture but also great senior management, who care about the employees who work there. They care about the individual person and that they are happy in the workplace

    Cons

    There are no major downsides that I have seen so far in my 3 months here, I would however like to see more vacation time available like other bay area companies.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see more vacation time available like other bay area companies, some of which have unlimited days vacation - including Synopsys!


  6. Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and challenging work environment. Management encourages you to take more responsibilities. Compensation and benefits are best in the industry.

    Cons

    No Cons as of now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work !!


  7. Frustrated

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    Former Employee - Global Compliance and Logistics in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Global Compliance and Logistics in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Mostly good people, good benefits

    Cons

    I guess depends on the department With my first 2 managers, I was encouraged to take charge and trusted to do my job. 3rd manager was a control freak and micro managed.

    Advice to Management

    Train all your managers to be on board with the corporate culture


  8. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and flexible hours

    Cons

    Constant lay-offs. Management is not people focused.

    Advice to Management

    Value your veteran employees. They have historical knowledge that can not be replaced.


  9. Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly and talented coworkers who work hard

    Cons

    Decisions take too long and management too conservative. Forced time-off in Q3 and Q4 despite the company doing well.


  10. erevdfd

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good and steady pay, benfits. Relevant and entrenched in semiconductor space. Good and steady pay, benfits. Relevant and entrenched in semiconductor space.

    Cons

    Growth is very limited. Industrry growth is also limited. Political at director level and above. Growth is very limited. Industrry growth is also limited. Political at director level and above

    Advice to Management

    Cut politics, take risks


  11. Staff Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company tries to treat employees well.

    Cons

    Management is not always transparent in the way they treat employees.



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