Cadence Design Systems

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Cadence is doing OK

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

I worked at Cadence Design Systems

Pros

Good work life balance for the most part. Friendly and smart people, many of whom have worked in Cadence for many years and know their stuff very well.

Cons

The company is in an industry that has been stale for years. New value propositions are difficult. The end result is most R&D are doing maintenance work and bug fixing for very old code, rather than building something new and exciting.

Like other EDA companies, the company didn't view itself as a software company for a long time and doesn't have good software practice. The software is not well tested or peer reviewed, is somewhat difficult to work with and can be bug prone. Fixing old bugs often leads to new ones and there are no company-wide enforced procedures to prevent that.

Compensation used to be good. Now it is still somewhat around average, but hasn't kept pace with non-EDA software or semi companies that are doing well in the valley in recent years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Experiment into adjacent areas. Think outside the box and grow customer base out of traditional semi companies. Put more effort into hiring and appreciation of employees. Believe it or not, Pure bug fixing work in EDA is not more exciting than writing code in a general software company even for someone with EDA background. They need other motivations to stay around. Learn software practice 101 from other large software companies and introduce standard QA practice so that R&D can focus on building new stuff.

No opinion of CEO

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    Great Team work, but poor senior management and employee recognition

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems

    Pros

    Great people
    Good tools
    interesting, diversified work
    fair compensation
    good benefits
    design engineers are very team oriented

    Cons

    very poor people recognition for employees by upper management
    weak advancement opportunity
    poor upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work, but..

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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

    Pros

    Good place to work, friendly workplace, good people. The company designs very complex software and you get to interact with very smart customers.

    Cons

    Limited total available market . Eda is a very specialized discipline, so the experience you gain is of limited value outside. Also gets increasingly political as you move up the management chain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job turning around the company. Continue to focus on fixing quality and move aggressively in the market...but look into improving compensation and restoring espp to old level.

    Approves of CEO
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