Cadence Design Systems
3.3 of 5 311 reviews San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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Cadence was perhaps the least satisfying company I've worked for over the past 20 years.

Senior Member Consulting Staff (Former Employee)
Chelmsford, MA

ProsThe coworkers were enjoyable and mostly good natured. The payscale was quite good even though there were frequently pay/hiring freezes and no bonuses.

ConsAs a very senior software engineer, we were supplied with very old, slow and inadequate computers and ancient code. Getting a second monitor was considered a luxury. There's an old-guard, don't change anything mentality where presenting new ideas many time is considered disruptive. Vacations/Shutdowns are strictly enforced during specific times of the year, and new employees were required to borrow against future years. Design/development process is rigid, non-agile and counter productive. Layers of specification approvals were required before any work or prototyping could begin. As a developer, the spec reviews were over attended, sometimes contentious and provided little assurance that you would be developing what was actually required since the attendees almost never came prepared (well, in the 6 years I was there I never had one where everyone who "just had to attend" was prepared).

Advice to Senior ManagementI've seen managers/department heads there who had never worked anywhere but Cadence. The couldn't relate to any development processes other than the ones that had been in place for 12-15 years. Sad really. No attempts at improving the build/test reliability or refactoring old code could gain any traction with this management. I've never worked anywhere before or since where I was assigned a bug backlog of over 1400 bugs assigned to me the day I joined and that was in addition to the new development tasks. Other group members had similar bug backlogs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Associate Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros: Overall great benefits however can could offer more stock options Cons: buy-outs of other companies created culture problems Advice to Senior Management: Overall my experience was pleasurable Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Endicott, NY

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros: flexible timetable and encouragement of innovations. i have a very… Cons: too leisure and self-dependent work ethics. i can hardly find… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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