Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
344 Reviews
3.5
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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  1.  

    Good, but trying to define its culture

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    Former Employee - Technology Business Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Business Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on newest software products in electronic design automation to tackle the increasing process rule complexities.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and lacking younger employee balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started awesome ended in a whimper

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are very talented, especially the individual contributors. A lot of the infrastructure is very cutting edge due to the previous IT leadership.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of re-organizations. In 13+ years, there was an annual "RIF" in 10 of them every October/November. Leadership at the top changed over 5 times. A significant amount of in-fighting between various business groups. Additionally, there were integrity issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to prep the company to be acquired. IBM, Intel, ... some company that has stable leadership, vision, and resources in place to execute. Since Joe C. left, the company has foundered....its like a ship taking on water with a broken rudder in the middle of the pacific.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay/benefits
    Experienced executive team
    Strong financial performance

    Cons

    Revised bonus plan
    Communication on projects is lacking
    Job training is lacking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An average company to work for

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great visibility, great service to customer take good care of customer. Challenging opportunity. Great culture. Great teamwork. Many opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Many reorganization, rule changes that employee get confuse and hard to follow procedures. Management change every quarter. Treat AE like hourly labor. Pay stuff has hourly rate. All AE has to fill out time card and exact activities which bonus pay count toward customer's time spent. Any internal activity is discourage including provide training and getting training. This result overwork long hours to meet demand on all that ask employee to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up sales management not to ask for FAE to provide internal COS error messages every quarter, time consuming tedious internal tasks such as fill out time card and then not pay bonus for the hour spends to help other team members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, lots of opportunities to grow and good pay

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

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

    Pros

    Cadence is a good company with above average salary packages. The environment overall allows for constant learning and the ability to work on new things. The executives seem to be on the same page and driven towards a common goal.

    Cons

    Due to many years of downsizing there is not much work life balance if you are in HR or finance. If you are not a self starter you will be left behind and not last long. Once you make it to Sr, Director its very hard to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging and interesting work place

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Job is well compensated and outstanding work is recognized and rewarded. Good benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance needs to considered as a global company, people in IT are extended to work OT to meet international time zone needs. 8pm PST meetings is not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay more attention to line-level workers needs as issues and concerns are masked/filtered by mid-level management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible and time-off policy. after working 11 years you get 5 weeks of vacation time. Management teams seem doing their job.

    Cons

    globalized company, you may need to work around clock to work efficiently.
    Hard to get promotion inside company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    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 (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
  11. 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 (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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