Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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.  

    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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, bad management

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    Former Employee - Group Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Group Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is good. Smart people.

    Cons

    Run like an old-school chip company. Poor communications, poor management. CEO is rarely there. They had a shot with EDA360 and some new products but then abandoned that when the CMO left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better internal communications. Share company vision. Integrate product groups so there is a common goal/vision for success. Foster an atmosphere of collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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
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    Lots of bureaucracy and internal politics, excessive levels of management.

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

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

    Pros

    The CEO is trying hard. Lots of experience within the company.

    Cons

    Company has the inability to embrace and develop new technology from within. Lot's of resources used within the company used to develop technology that will not help customers or the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coming from the development side of the company, management needs move away from technology and practices from the 70's and 80's and embrace modern tools and methodologies. I would suggest removing the whole middle level management and replacing them with people who can implement new ideas so the company can move into the current decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people. Knowledgeable management. Great technical work.

    Cons

    Long hours. Tight schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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 (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
  10.  

    Legacy

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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

    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
  11.  

    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

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