Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Interesting but tough.

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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

    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
  2. 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
  3. Pretty good place to work, but will stagnate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AMS Design
    Current Employee - AMS Design

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are up there (compared to other companies here), so that rocks.
    Work life balance here is actually fantastic. I've rarely had to sacrifice time with my family. The management here is quite skilled at keeping resources working reasonable hours.
    Amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Very limited room to move up (if at all). The ceiling is not far
    No future visibility. I couldn't tell you what''s coming up in 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forced vacations, not cool. Make promotions happen, it's amazing how much it could motivate someone.
    Spend some money on your employees, it doesn't have to be much. Donuts on mondays. Beer and c hips on Friday afternoons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great experience

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    No chance for impactful work; majority of managers don't know how to manage

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Limited career growth & internal politics

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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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay, employees expendable

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay, bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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

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