Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
342 Reviews
3.5
342 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 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Interesting but tough.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5. 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 (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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Limited career growth & internal politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    CEO tries hard. Lots of improvement from Fister days but still a long way to go.
    Great opportunities to grow if in strong business unit and caring manager.

    Cons

    Management do not care about people, only care about looking good.
    Not about how good you are technically, all about who you know and who likes you.
    Focus on results is good but not at any cost... Poor work-life balance, echoed by others.
    If in weak product line, be prepared to be the scape-goat and become a casualty of BU agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to truly listen, otherwise most people may not be able to perform nor stick around.

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

    Good pay, employees expendable

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

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary (expected for EDA)

    Cons

    Poor mgmt.
    Employees not considered as assets
    Lack of company celebrations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the fat from the top

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Political company

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    Current Employee - Marketing Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Vice President in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It is the #2 company in industry

    Cons

    Lots of time is spent in meetings and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make roles more clear. Encourage results not politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best places for EDA software engineers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of passionate engineers, competitive compensation, and flexible work time. The company has the whole EDA platform, and solutions, so you can build up what ever you can imaginate in EDA products.

    Cons

    Need a lot of energy to work cross teams, because it's large company with global distribution, and different cultures you have to get used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more training for junior engineer, especially the production flow, it takes long time for new employee to understand the product release cycle and what team needs to response to which part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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