Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
338 Reviews
3.5
338 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's also good work-life balance and support for employees (in 45 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to many years of downsizing there is not much work life balance if you are in HR or finance (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Working at Cadence

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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

    Great benefits and decent salary. Highly dedicated and professional team members. Current CEO seems to be leading the company in the right direction

    Cons

    Too much change in IT. Over the past year IT has taken significant hits in personnel and management changes. Morale is very low across most teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT senior management needs to realize that employees are more than budget line items.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent work environment

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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

    Friendly people. Knowledgeable management. Great technical work.

    Cons

    Long hours. Tight schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    A good place to start up your carrier

    Cons

    Internship will not be converted to full time

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Principle ae

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    Former Employee - Principal Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Knowing people and industry tend

    Cons

    Personal growth is limited a little bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee creating new ideas and products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time in Cadence if you want to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Technically not old enough.
    Some engineers are smart, and nice.
    Sales / marketing seems okay.

    Cons

    If you want to grow in someway, don't waste your time in this company.
    Management is just caring about what you produced, not what you have, what you need, not to mention what you want. DO NOTICE THIS: Bad words from manager(s) are not uncommon!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nobody has sold him/herself to you. They are people, so they must be taken as people, not slave or machine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Legacy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Always changing and innovative in some areas. So many things going on hard to get board.

    Cons

    too many people in positions over 20 years not allowing change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to shed some old timers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Acquisition mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable salary and benefits and schedule.

    Cons

    Acquisition happens any time. Mentality is more of a software than hardware company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees real work to do and innovate before acquire other companies

  9.  

    Very good coworkers; somewhat limited opportunities; need to invest more in customer support

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best thing I can say is that most coworkers at the individual contributor level, and first-level managers who had worked their way up over time from the roles they were now managing, were very good and I have great respect for their skills, values, and work ethic. There are always exceptions to this of course, but they were the minority.

    Cons

    On the field side, work/life balance is not satisfactory and that is echoed by others. It does depend on your customer assignments, though. Even in profitable spaces, however, management seems unwilling to make changes to alleviate this, even when asked directly and repeatedly. There is instead a push to just do more with less, and faster. In my observation, this results in lost opportunities for business growth and career development, and risks high rates of burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management at the C-level and executive staff appear to be doing a steady and solid job in steering the company. This is especially true in contrast to the group under Mike Fister and his staff that were cleaned out by the board some years ago. Things are much better now.

    I would advise management to look closely into their customers' satisfaction, and invest more to raise it. Don't manage to investors' expectations of margins, like this was just another software company, but give to customers the technical support they need (not just to the favored "top" customers). You will see dividends in customer and employee satisfaction and productivity.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent work/life balance. Positive challenges on the job.

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    Current Employee - Principal Applications Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Principal Applications Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I am challenged in exciting ways in my work. I work with quality engineers, and am provided with excellent resources. Pay is generhous, management is very flexible with time off and very hands off in style, yet expectations are clear - and high! JHigh in a good way, brings the challenge I've been missing in my career for a number of years prior to this job.

    Cons

    Hmmmmm, for working for someone else (i.e. not owning my own business) I think this is about as good as it gets for me in this industry. It's pretty darn good! Maybe I'm still in the "honeymoon phase" having only been with Cadence for 5 months now, but I don't think so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Stay engaged with you subordinates; keep encouraging us as you have. We appreciate the feedback and the confidence you place in us!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You make your own opportunities

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff

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

    Pros

    You can build a global personal network based on the colleagues and customers you engage with. Doing solid work that solves real problems will get you noticed.

    Most years, Cadence holds an internal technical conference that provides additional opportunities to burnish your reputation among peers. Not everyone gets to go, but those who do can use the event to launch collaboration across business units and geographic sites.

    Most employees are happy with their local teams, and reserve their suspicion for other business units and senior management strategy.

    Lots of former employees come back through acquisitions and direct recruiting. These are usually the senior contributors who figured out how to manage their career opportunities at Cadence.

    Cons

    Vacation benefits have been a disaster, unless you were senior enough to bank enough hours. Fortunately there has been some softening over the last year to move towards a more rational and employee-friendly policy.

    Career advancement is pretty easy until you get to Member of Consulting Staff, beyond that you need to be seen working on customer engagements that management cares about. Higher level promotions are rare for the operations teams and software generalists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long-term employees have seen just about every org-chart and management strategy several times. I know you are trying to optimize something that isn't working well, but realize that Cadence quit doing what you are advocating, at least once.

    Recommends
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