Cadence Design Systems Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
328 Reviews

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Pros
  • There's also good work-life balance and support for employees (in 42 reviews)

  • great work life balance, good work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • On the field side, work/life balance is not satisfactory and that is echoed by others (in 9 reviews)

  • Technology used by most R&D groups is outdated (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good, but trying to define its culture

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    Former Employee - Technology Business Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Business Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on newest software products in electronic design automation to tackle the increasing process rule complexities.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and lacking younger employee balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some Good, Some Bad, and Some Ugly.

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    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, lots of opportunities to grow and good pay

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

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

    Pros

    Cadence is a good company with above average salary packages. The environment overall allows for constant learning and the ability to work on new things. The executives seem to be on the same page and driven towards a common goal.

    Cons

    Due to many years of downsizing there is not much work life balance if you are in HR or finance. If you are not a self starter you will be left behind and not last long. Once you make it to Sr, Director its very hard to advance.

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

    Challenging and interesting work place

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Job is well compensated and outstanding work is recognized and rewarded. Good benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance needs to considered as a global company, people in IT are extended to work OT to meet international time zone needs. 8pm PST meetings is not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay more attention to line-level workers needs as issues and concerns are masked/filtered by mid-level management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible and time-off policy. after working 11 years you get 5 weeks of vacation time. Management teams seem doing their job.

    Cons

    globalized company, you may need to work around clock to work efficiently.
    Hard to get promotion inside company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT People stay far far away

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, that is about it. Work-life balance used to be good, but less and less as more people get cut and you have to cover their job as well.

    Cons

    Live from quarter to quarter wondering if you are going to be laid off. New IT management team is just cutting people to save money, with no view towards maintaining customer sat or infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the entire IT upper management team. Outsourcing most of your IT will never end well, people who have contracts with you will not give their blood, sweat, and tears when your biggest money making systems crash and burn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people to work with, but slow pace of progress

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people
    Good work/life balance.
    Great if you are an engineer.

    Cons

    Slow pace of growth which is an industry problem also,but company slows it further.
    Remuneration not at par with rest of industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your talented and hardworking engineers more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10. 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 for 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
  11. 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 for 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

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