Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
333 Reviews
3.4
333 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There's also good work-life balance and support for employees (in 42 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • On the field side, work/life balance is not satisfactory and that is echoed by others (in 9 reviews)

  • Technology used by most R&D groups is outdated (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Nice Relaxed Environment, good environment

    Cons

    Lack of process oriented module

  2.  

    Established high-tech company with little growth prospective

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

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

    Pros

    It's an established company so should be pretty stable; treats employee okey; comp is comparable to other not-so-hot companies

    Cons

    The field is not growing much and lack of moneitization potential, thus has little growth prospective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to diversification and technology explorarion, and employee growth and furfillment aspects too

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT People stay far far away

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, that is about it. Work-life balance used to be good, but less and less as more people get cut and you have to cover their job as well.

    Cons

    Live from quarter to quarter wondering if you are going to be laid off. New IT management team is just cutting people to save money, with no view towards maintaining customer sat or infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the entire IT upper management team. Outsourcing most of your IT will never end well, people who have contracts with you will not give their blood, sweat, and tears when your biggest money making systems crash and burn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good place to work, but will stagnate

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    Current Employee - AMS Design
    Current Employee - AMS Design

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are up there (compared to other companies here), so that rocks.
    Work life balance here is actually fantastic. I've rarely had to sacrifice time with my family. The management here is quite skilled at keeping resources working reasonable hours.
    Amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Very limited room to move up (if at all). The ceiling is not far
    No future visibility. I couldn't tell you what''s coming up in 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forced vacations, not cool. Make promotions happen, it's amazing how much it could motivate someone.
    Spend some money on your employees, it doesn't have to be much. Donuts on mondays. Beer and c hips on Friday afternoons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting but tough.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging problems, relatively good pay, customer oriented.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance, upper management come-and-go. Sometime unrealistic datelines and expectation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing please listen to the engineers before promising any numbers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    you get paid here twice a week.

    Cons

    you have to work for your money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay employees more.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good atmosphere
    Very good pay
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Low incentives
    Long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives
    Increase office amenities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good

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

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work life balance if good

    Cons

    lack of growth in caree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire good engineers and drive innovation

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible hours, good cafe, but wouldn't consider a bright future here.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and communication. High turnover in Exec / Management makes it hard to get momentum. with any project or plan. Too many "forced" vacations (4 weeks annually) and very few merit increases (only 1 in the last 3 years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize valuable contributors. Open your eyes to the disconnect between Senior Management and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No chance for impactful work; majority of managers don't know how to manage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great pay. Everyone seems highly qualified for the work they're doing. Longevity for engineers. They're going through many (good) changes in differentiating themselves.

    Cons

    Too much politicking, particularly in middle management. Managers don't nurture subordinates (give growth opportunities, mentorship, assign the right kind of work). A lot of internal strife. C-level business leaders are either oblivious to it all or ignoring it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to who is simply paying lip service and who has the real chops. Things get lost or altered in the chain of command/management too easily, you'll have to figure a more efficient workflow/communication process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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