Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    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


  6. 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...


  7. Helpful (3)

    Full of politics

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

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With some talented people, recently becom the fortune100 best companies to work for. Emt team push very hard to beat competitors

    Cons

    Less vacations, less pay, high work pressure. Worst of all, full of politics and full of people being there forever and nowhere else to go and not willing to do any work. Not a good place to work for Ying people.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people based on their contributions and work load, not by politics and give young people more opportunities and chance to grow. This is a dying industry otherwise.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Has completely changed Mid Level management culture

    • 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 full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people working there but many are leaving now.

    Cons

    Very poor management. Management by fear philosophy. Don't trust their employees. Too many high level managers just want to take credit for everyone else's work. Very political right now. People in Key Management positions only care about moving up at any costs. Don't care about the company or the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Replace all Sr VPs on Executive staff. Management creates the culture. Too many bad managers have been put into key positions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Staff Applications Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer

    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

    Home office, great managers, challenging assignments / customers, great peers, collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    Lots of management and structure changes. Very difficult to get to know (or be known by managers above my direct manager.

    Advice to Management

    Since management above the direct people manager & director level change so often, make sure the levels that are somewhat steady are very good people managers. Don't dilute them to the point of burnout.


  11. Helpful (2)

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for Cadence.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Applications Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Applications Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems

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

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation are great. Co-workers I appreciate; cooperation and collaboration across teams works well. Management is hands-off unless there is a need; expect us to behave professionally - ask for help if we need it; seek it out on our own, be resourceful. I like that. Leadership is top-notch, in the executive team. I very much appreciate Li Bu Tan, our CEO, and his vision and leadership towards execution and setting and achieving realistic goals.

    Cons

    Hmm, not sure about cons. Sometime a project gets in a crunch and needs extra time; but I do my best and get the job done. Many jobs have this at time. Management is understanding of work/life balance, so there is not pressure to overwork.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! This is a great company.



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