Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
344 Reviews
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344 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work life balance and home office provisions and flexibility (in 45 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to many years of downsizing there is not much work life balance if you are in HR or finance (in 12 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Leading EDA Company

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Cadence is a Large Stable Company offering solutions across the full spectrum of Electronic Design Automation Solutions. They are one of the top three companies in this industry.

    Cons

    As with any large company there is lots of Corporate overhead. Getting approvals and getting things done requires many levels of attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on staying "Cadence Strong." As a top three company competing with Synopsys and Mentor, continue offering and expanding the complete breadth of solutions and providing outstanding service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture, amazing people, leading edge innovation

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    Current Employee - Group Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Group Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    When I interviewed 6 month ago I heard from everyone that "it's all about the people" at Cadence - everyone loves working with their teams and feel good about the people in the company. Now that I've been here 6 months, I agree that the people here are fantastic - they work hard together, collaborate, treat each other well and are having fun. It's great to be in a company that has survived 25 years and continues to be on the leading edge of technology.

    Cons

    Challenges include lack of process in some areas. The good news is that leadership is aware of the issues and is working to improve process concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the culture, invest in your people and fix the process issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    One Team mission promoted cross division communication and teamwork

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great company that promoted career growth and recognition. Has a great understanding of work/life balance. Offers competitive pricing.

    Cons

    Hidden agendas from upper management have been disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A ok company to work with

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The working culture is good, but depending on the department. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Internal politics may make people unhappy and leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad ending to a great career

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    challenging work environment. Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology to support a highly technical group of people.

    Cons

    Politics are the rule of the day at Cadence IT, not ability or experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sending jobs overseas to save money while you are a US based company is just plain tacky. While all companies have to meet their bottom line letting petty politics rule your E-Staff and their reports shows a real lack of true leadership ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poorly managed company seeking to improve on years of poorly executed strategy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good number of motivated and caring people. Most employees want the company to succeed and put the time and effort to do their best work.

    Cons

    No work-life balance Constant fear of lay-off or reorg. No stability. Senior management micromanages to the point of suffocation. Years of failed strategy has kept the company from being successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to perform their job duties without micromanagement. Work-life balance is critical to retaining a team of motivated employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are an IT professional, don't look here.

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    Former Employee - IT Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team work at the front line level is outstanding, but mostly because they are the only people you can count on.

    Cons

    Politics and hidden agendas. To say that IT leadership is lacking would be an insult to the word lacking. The new CIO and the cronies he has brought along with him have destroyed what was once an outstanding group of professionals. Outsourcing, lack of communication, and unrealistic expectations-bordering on incompetence are now the orders of the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the morale of your IT department and actually speak to the long time dedicated employees you have left before they jump ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nuetral

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    Former Employee - SMCA in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - SMCA in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, good benefits

    Cons

    poor compensation,difficult to get promotions

  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Some Good, Some Bad, and Some Ugly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    -Executive Team means well, tries hard, and has succeeded in turning the company around in revenue, customer gains, and industry perception. (with the help of very hard-working employees.)
    -Decent base salary, if you are an engineer or manager/director/VP. (Not so much in non-revenue producing areas, such as IT, HR, RE, etc.)
    -Rewards and Recognition system that makes it easy to reward your fellow employees for outstanding work. (although, with a fairly small dollar amount.)
    -#2 in industry market, with definite possibility of regaining #1 spot. (albeit out of only 3 main players.)
    -Stock price has consistently risen in recent years.
    -Conveniently located in North SJ near many major freeways.
    -Plenty of parking.

    Cons

    -Top-layer-heavy. Lots of managers, directors, and VP's. Not enough actual "doers".
    -Hiring from outside for management positions rather than promoting from within.
    -Recently changed bonus plan structure so that doing a good job and achieving your goals in helping the company succeed will only get you 70-90% of your target bonus amount. To get 100%, you need to exceed them.
    -Mandatory vacation periods ("shutdowns" where the company is not actually shut down.)
    -Company does not subsidize cafeteria or breakroom, so meals and snacks are expensive.
    -Fitness center is old and worn, even though company charges employees $20/mo to use it.
    -Not very "green".
    -Cost-cutting is job one.
    -C-level push for "Top 100 Best Place to Work" status, without actually doing anything to make it one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a 100 Best Place to Work, then BE a 100 Best Place to Work. (Simply asking the employees to fill out surveys is not good enough.) :
    -Subsidize the cafeteria so employees do not pay $10 or more for lunch.
    -Improve the break rooms to provide healthy choices in the vending machines, and price them AT COST. The break rooms should not be revenue centers. (Why can I buy a bottle of water at Costco for 50c, and it costs me $1.25 at work?)
    -Stop charging a fee for the fitness center. You should be promoting healthy behavior. It saves the company money by having fewer sick days, and also lowers health insurance costs. (If you are going to charge for it, then refresh and modernize it.)
    -Stop charging a fee to use the electric vehicle charging stations. You should be promoting responsible environmental behavior among your employees, not making money from those who do.
    -Stop viewing cost-cutting as the primary metric of success. The company is growing.
    -End the forced vacation period policy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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