Cadence Design Systems
3.3 of 5 282 reviews San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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One the right track, for the most part. But, moving too slowly, and carrying too much baggage.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

Pros-Renewed focus on quality from the top. (Unfortunately, the thick, multiple layers of management make it difficult to trickle down to the bottom.)
-Enhanced rewards and recognition program.
-Plenty of parking

Cons-Too much middle and upper management (managers, directors, VP's) slows things down, and creates unnecessary levels of complexity and loss of focus.
-Needs more individual contributor level employees to get work done, with fewer managers creating unnecessary work and taking financial resources that could be better spent on productive contributor-level staffing.
-Sometimes, the short-sighted and over-zealous cost-cutting ends up costing more money in the long run.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe organizational changes made over the last 3-4 years have had a tremendous positive affect on the company, both within and without. But, there are still one or two business units whose leadership and organization remain unchanged, that are still operating as they were before the changes, and have not experienced the positive growth and improvements as the rest of the company.

Perhaps it's time to think about leadership and organizational changes within those units, as well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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

I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time for more than 5 years

Pros: The coworkers were enjoyable and mostly good natured. The payscale was… Cons: As a very senior software engineer, we were supplied with very old, slow and inadequate computers and ancient code. Getting a second monitor was considered… Advice to Senior Management: I'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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Overall happy with company

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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