Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Leading EDA Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cadence is a Large Stable Company offering solutions across the full spectrum of Electronic Design Automation Solutions. They are one of the top three companies in this industry.

    Cons

    As with any large company there is lots of Corporate overhead. Getting approvals and getting things done requires many levels of attention.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on staying "Cadence Strong." As a top three company competing with Synopsys and Mentor, continue offering and expanding the complete breadth of solutions and providing outstanding service.


  2. Great culture, amazing people, leading edge innovation

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

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    When I interviewed 6 month ago I heard from everyone that "it's all about the people" at Cadence - everyone loves working with their teams and feel good about the people in the company. Now that I've been here 6 months, I agree that the people here are fantastic - they work hard together, collaborate, treat each other well and are having fun. It's great to be in a company that has survived 25 years and continues to be on the leading edge of technology.

    Cons

    Challenges include lack of process in some areas. The good news is that leadership is aware of the issues and is working to improve process concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the culture, invest in your people and fix the process issues.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Bad ending to a great career

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

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    challenging work environment. Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology to support a highly technical group of people.

    Cons

    Politics are the rule of the day at Cadence IT, not ability or experience

    Advice to Management

    Sending jobs overseas to save money while you are a US based company is just plain tacky. While all companies have to meet their bottom line letting petty politics rule your E-Staff and their reports shows a real lack of true leadership ability.


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  5. A ok company to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The working culture is good, but depending on the department. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Internal politics may make people unhappy and leave.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Poorly managed company seeking to improve on years of poorly executed strategy.

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good number of motivated and caring people. Most employees want the company to succeed and put the time and effort to do their best work.

    Cons

    No work-life balance Constant fear of lay-off or reorg. No stability. Senior management micromanages to the point of suffocation. Years of failed strategy has kept the company from being successful.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to perform their job duties without micromanagement. Work-life balance is critical to retaining a team of motivated employees


  7. Helpful (5)

    If you are an IT professional, don't look here.

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

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Team work at the front line level is outstanding, but mostly because they are the only people you can count on.

    Cons

    Politics and hidden agendas. To say that IT leadership is lacking would be an insult to the word lacking. The new CIO and the cronies he has brought along with him have destroyed what was once an outstanding group of professionals. Outsourcing, lack of communication, and unrealistic expectations-bordering on incompetence are now the orders of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the morale of your IT department and actually speak to the long time dedicated employees you have left before they jump ship.


  8. Nuetral

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

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, good benefits

    Cons

    poor compensation,difficult to get promotions


  9. Helpful (13)

    Some Good, Some Bad, and Some Ugly.

    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Executive Team means well, tries hard, and has succeeded in turning the company around in revenue, customer gains, and industry perception. (with the help of very hard-working employees.)
    -Decent base salary, if you are an engineer or manager/director/VP. (Not so much in non-revenue producing areas, such as IT, HR, RE, etc.)
    -Rewards and Recognition system that makes it easy to reward your fellow employees for outstanding work. (although, with a fairly small dollar amount.)
    -#2 in industry market, with definite possibility of regaining #1 spot. (albeit out of only 3 main players.)
    -Stock price has consistently risen in recent years.
    -Conveniently located in North SJ near many major freeways.
    -Plenty of parking.

    Cons

    -Top-layer-heavy. Lots of managers, directors, and VP's. Not enough actual "doers".
    -Hiring from outside for management positions rather than promoting from within.
    -Recently changed bonus plan structure so that doing a good job and achieving your goals in helping the company succeed will only get you 70-90% of your target bonus amount. To get 100%, you need to exceed them.
    -Mandatory vacation periods ("shutdowns" where the company is not actually shut down.)
    -Company does not subsidize cafeteria or breakroom, so meals and snacks are expensive.
    -Fitness center is old and worn, even though company charges employees $20/mo to use it.
    -Not very "green".
    -Cost-cutting is job one.
    -C-level push for "Top 100 Best Place to Work" status, without actually doing anything to make it one.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a 100 Best Place to Work, then BE a 100 Best Place to Work. (Simply asking the employees to fill out surveys is not good enough.) :
    -Subsidize the cafeteria so employees do not pay $10 or more for lunch.
    -Improve the break rooms to provide healthy choices in the vending machines, and price them AT COST. The break rooms should not be revenue centers. (Why can I buy a bottle of water at Costco for 50c, and it costs me $1.25 at work?)
    -Stop charging a fee for the fitness center. You should be promoting healthy behavior. It saves the company money by having fewer sick days, and also lowers health insurance costs. (If you are going to charge for it, then refresh and modernize it.)
    -Stop charging a fee to use the electric vehicle charging stations. You should be promoting responsible environmental behavior among your employees, not making money from those who do.
    -Stop viewing cost-cutting as the primary metric of success. The company is growing.
    -End the forced vacation period policy.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Started awesome ended in a whimper

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are very talented, especially the individual contributors. A lot of the infrastructure is very cutting edge due to the previous IT leadership.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of re-organizations. In 13+ years, there was an annual "RIF" in 10 of them every October/November. Leadership at the top changed over 5 times. A significant amount of in-fighting between various business groups. Additionally, there were integrity issues.

    Advice to Management

    Time to prep the company to be acquired. IBM, Intel, ... some company that has stable leadership, vision, and resources in place to execute. Since Joe C. left, the company has foundered....its like a ship taking on water with a broken rudder in the middle of the pacific.


  11. An average company to work for

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

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great visibility, great service to customer take good care of customer. Challenging opportunity. Great culture. Great teamwork. Many opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Many reorganization, rule changes that employee get confuse and hard to follow procedures. Management change every quarter. Treat AE like hourly labor. Pay stuff has hourly rate. All AE has to fill out time card and exact activities which bonus pay count toward customer's time spent. Any internal activity is discourage including provide training and getting training. This result overwork long hours to meet demand on all that ask employee to do

    Advice to Management

    Clean up sales management not to ask for FAE to provide internal COS error messages every quarter, time consuming tedious internal tasks such as fill out time card and then not pay bonus for the hour spends to help other team members



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