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Cadence Design Systems Overview

San Jose, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1988
Company - Public (CDNS)
Information Technology
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
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Cadence is leading the charge to solve some of technology’s toughest challenges. We work with the world’s most innovative companies, across a growing range of industries. Major trends that ... Read more

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Cadence Design Systems – Why Work For Us?


Each day with Cadence offers exciting opportunities to create a better, more connected world.

Cadence design tools enable customers to innovate in life-changing ways – from increasing the safety of self-driving cars to advancing and accelerating DNA analysis – our work is helping shape the future of technology.

We are a team of trailblazers, looking to push the envelope of what technology can do. We never stop learning, never stop exploring, and never stop pushing the limits of innovation. People come to Cadence to do meaningful work with a global impact.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, we have offices in 42 countries, including 26 global R&D centers. The Noida, India site is the largest Cadence® R&D site outside of North America. Our EMEA headquarters is located in Bracknell, UK and our APAC headquarters is in Shanghai, China.


Our culture sets us apart as a community of passionate, bold, and creative people. Collaboration is deeply engrained in how we work with each other and our customers. We are honored to be recognized as a Great Place to Work around the world, including on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our diverse team of passionate, dedicated, and talented individuals go above and beyond for our customers, our communities, and each other—every day. 



At Cadence, we make a positive impact through our work and our actions. Employees enjoy a variety of ways to give back and make a difference in their communities around the world.

With our Volunteer Time Off (VTO) benefit, employees can take up to 5 paid days off per year to volunteer for causes that matter most to them.

Our Matching Gifts Program increases the impact of our employees’ monetary contributions with a matching grant from Cadence of up to $500 per person per year.

 

Let your career shine from the start.

Working alongside industry leaders, you will be empowered to explore new possibilities and gain confidence in your abilities to solve technology’s biggest challenges. 

You will also be part of a community of engaged, excited, and bold innovators by joining our College Hires & Internship Programs (CHIPs). CHIPs will help you build the foundation for a rewarding career at Cadence and beyond.

We want to empower the next generation of technologists and creators – that’s you! Check out our open internships today.

2017 Awards

  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2017
  • Best Workplaces for Giving Back, Fortune and Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Highest Paying Companies in America, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Places to Interview, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Best Small Workplaces in Ireland, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces Among Small Companies in Italy, Great Place to WorkInstitute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces Among Small Companies in France, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Employers in ITK, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in Germany, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in Bavaria, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in Poland, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in Canada, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in the United Kingdom, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in India, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Workplaces in Minas Gerais, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017

2016 Awards

  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2016
  • Design Team of the Year: Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform Design Team, UBM Americas, 2016
  • Outstanding Medium Company of the Year: Region 6 Directors Special Award, IEEE, 2016
  • World’s Best Multinational Workplaces, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Top 50 Employers in Electronic Design, Electronic Design, 2016
  • India's Best Information Technology Companies to Work For,  Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Workplaces in India, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • UK's Best Workplaces – Medium Category, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • 50 Best Workplaces For Giving Back, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Grand Award - Great Places to Work - Korea, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • 50 Best Workplaces For Recent College Graduates, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Workplaces in Canada, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Workplaces France, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Workplaces in Germany, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Small Workplaces in Ireland, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Workplaces in Poland (Dow Poland), Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best Companies to Work For in Greater China, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • EDN Hot products for Protium, EDN, 2016


2015 Awards

  • Design Team of the Year: Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform Design Team, UBM Americas, 2016
  • Cadence UK is a Great Place to Work, Great Place to Work Institute, 2015
  • Top 50 Employers in Electronic Design, Electronic Design, 2015
  • 25 Best Global Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2015
  • TSMC Partner of the Year, TSMC, 2015
  • Best Workplaces for Diversity, Fortune, 2015
  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2015
  • Cadence India is a Great Place to Work, Great Place to Work Institute, 2015
     

2014 Awards

  • TSMC Partner of the Year, TSMC, 2014
  • EDN Hot products for Protium, EDN, 2014
  • Grand Award - Great Places to Work - Korea, Great Place to Work Institute, 2014



2013 Awards

  • TSMC Customers’ Choice Award, TSMC, 2013

  • EE Times-China ACE Award for Best Electronic Design Automation Product, EE Times-China, 2013

  • TSMC Partner of the Year, TSMC, 2013

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    Pros

    Well defined development practices and streamlined work. Organized company structure with transparent growth chart. Regular discussions with manager(s) for keeping career goals in-sync.

    Cons

    Lack of social events especially for new hires. Software development purely C++ oriented with little or no scope of experience in other platforms.

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Cadence Design Systems Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cadence Design Systems (Chelmsford, MA).

    Interview

    Hiring: The time between being contacted for the first time and receiving a final decision regarding an offer/rejection was about one month. During this time were phone, Skype, and in-person interviews.

    Interviews: There were three interviews.

    The first one was a phone-interview with one of the HR representatives, and also the first time I was contacted by Cadence. They asked general questions such as: "Where did you hear about Cadence?", "Why would you like to work here?", "What sort of work/hobbies have you done that have given you experience that can be used at Cadence".

    The second interview was a set of 3 Skype video-interviews with people from the team I would be working with. These were 30-minute back-to-back interviews. The questions here were more technical-oriented, but appropriate for Skype. I.e., nothing that required me to draw or type out code. All answerable verbally.

    The third and interview was an in-person interview. I flew out from another state, and Cadence provided all the logistics for getting there (Plane tickets, rental, hotel. They did a fantastic job). This interview lasted from about 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Lunch was included. I spoke with several different people over the course of this session, and about 3/4ths of questions were technical.
    Because of the highly-visual nature of what Cadence does (EDA), the majority of these questions were about 2D/Computational Geometry and working through problems related to it.

    Overall, the interviews were very pleasant. I did not feel rushed during the technical parts.

    Tips for the Reader:

    Phone Interview: They may end up calling first before contacting via email: be able to genuinely answer the questions mentioned above.

    Skype Interview: Business-casual is fine. Now is the time to screen-share and show any programming projects/demos (for ~5 minutes).

    In-Person Interview: There were some basic coding exercises that I had to do relating to syntax for C/C++. Most of the technical interviewing was about solving problems and seeing how I approached them. I enjoyed using a whiteboard to draw out the various geometrical problems and work through them. I was offered the chance to explain one of my own projects through code, but it was just easier to draw out how it worked.

    Fantastic process overall.

    Interview Questions

    • Geometry problem that I had never seen or thought of before.   1 Answer
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Cadence Design Systems Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2017
  • Best Workplaces for Giving Back, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2017
  • Highest Paying Companies in America, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best Places to Interview, Glassdoor, 2017
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