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Cadence Design Systems Overview
San Jose, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (CDNS)
Information Technology
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
At Cadence, our core values are more than just words, they are the way we work, laugh, debate, care, question, and innovate together. We are One Cadence—One Team.

For over 25 years, our values have defined our culture. As our customers create the ... Read more

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Cadence Design Systems – Why Work For Us?

'Innovation starts with our People'...Join us!

Cadence is an exciting place to work! Our customers design the most advanced electronic products in the world, for the most challenging markets, using powerful software and hardware tools from Cadence. Our industry-leading design technology is essential for the development of next-generation smartphones, tablets, cameras, gaming devices, cloud infrastructure, and many other amazing electronic products.


Cadence employees like working here because of the great teamwork and the chance to solve challenging problems. Development in electronics occurs at break-neck speed and since Cadence tools and technologies are crucial in creating those designs, our pace of development is even faster. 

We insist on integrity and accountability, and employees appreciate the responsibility and opportunity that come with that trust. Our motto is One Cadence – One Team.

As a global company with offices in 17 countries, employees in all parts of the world bring unique perspectives to Cadence and yet share a singular goal – to make our customers successful, wherever they are. And it is the drive, passion, intelligence, and integrity of our dedicated employees that make Cadence a great place to do great work.

Join Cadence and work on compelling technologies that contribute directly to our customers’ success.

Lip-Bu Tan
President and CEO, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.


The Cadence Way

This is an exciting time to be part of the Cadence team. We have a powerful company vision and a differentiated customer value proposition. And we have the right people and culture to transform our business vision into reality.

“The Cadence Way” culture encourages and empowers employees to be an integral part of a unified team that drives our company to new levels of success. Working together, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of business conduct to renew our Cadence spirit and global sense of purpose. 

"Cadence Way" Values
The following “Cadence Way” values define our approach to collaboration and how we accomplish everything we do in the workplace.

  • Customers: Their Success is Our Success
    Customers are at the heart of everything we do - they are our passion and our pride.

  • Innovation: Think Big
    We work at Cadence to make a difference - to influence the future of innovation.  We encourage each other to think big, take risks, and have an impact.

  • Quality: Execute with Excellence
    We are focused, disciplined, and continuously strive for exceptional results.

  • Agility: Move Quickly
    We embrace change.
    We are decisive and move quickly to keep pace with our customers and outpace the competition.

  • Integrity: Be Accountable
    We hold ourselves accountable to do what is right and to deliver on our commitments.

  • One Cadence - One Team
    Our people are our greatest asset.
    If we respect one another and work together, we are unstoppable.

Cadence Cares Program Cadence believes that we can share the gratitude for the good fortune in our lives by giving back to others and volunteering in our communities. 

Cadence Matching Gifts Program The Matching Gifts Program in North America provides an opportunity to increase the impact of employee contributions with a matching gift grant from Cadence. The matching commitment from Cadence strives to inspire and encourage employees to support important causes that they find meaningful and reflective of their interests.

Cadence Global Charitable Engagement Cadence employees at locations around the world support a variety of activities that benefit charitable causes and community efforts. Here are some of the numerous ways that Cadence and its employees enrich lives in their communities.

Benefits You Can Count On

At Cadence, we understand that benefits are an important part of your total compensation package. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we continually evaluate the market to provide comprehensive, competitive programs including:

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Retiree Health Access (RHA)

  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Reimbursement Accounts

  • Short-Term Disability

  • Long-Term Disability

  • Long-Term Care

  • Life Insurance

  • Business Travel Coverage

  • Domestic Partner Coverage

  • Live and Work Well Program

  • Legal Services

  • Automobile/Home/Pet Insurance

  • 401(k) Match

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Tuition Reimbursement

Time Off

Cadence offers a variety of paid and unpaid time-off programs, including paid vacation, holidays, new parent leave, bereavement, and jury duty.

Onsite Services

To help you save time and find a healthy work/life balance, at our San Jose office, we offer a number of convenient onsite services including a cafeteria, a credit union, dry cleaning services, automotive services, and more.

Worldwide Benefits

As part of your total rewards at Cadence, We strive to offer a market conform benefit package in all locations in our international regions.

We continually evaluate how our plans and programs are utilized, and we review market trends to ensure you have access to comprehensive and competitive programs that offer protection, flexibility and value.

Details of the local packages are available from our local HR departments.

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Cadence North America

Are you the kind of person that wants to work on compelling projects in a respectful, diverse, success-driven culture? Do you want to partner with intelligent and knowledgeable colleagues who are passionate about delivering high-quality products and services? In short, do you want to be a part of the winning team that is transforming the electronic design automation (EDA) industry?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider a career at Cadence, which is headquartered in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Cadence is transforming the worldwide electronics industry with innovative design solutions that accelerate technology breakthroughs and deliver excellent cost efficiencies.


Cadence EMEA

Cadence has sales and support offices and research facilities with state-of-the-art competency centers in locations across Europe and Israel. As a multi-national, energetic, and ambitious team, we are looking for candidates who want to work with the very latest technology in the electronics industry.

We want people with a strong commitment and interest in a dynamic role working with next-generation design environments. You’ll be part of a dedicated and cooperative team in Europe and Israel with opportunities for travel, international collaboration, and active engagement in our customers’ exciting projects.


Cadence Japan

Established in 1989, Cadence Japan has been a prominent contributor to the growing Japanese semiconductor and electronics industry, developing solutions for design productivity improvement. To continue delivering on our promise, we seek candidates who have rich chip design skills and deep electronic design automation (EDA) knowledge. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with talented colleagues and to contribute to the success of the semiconductor and electronics industry in Japan.


Cadence India

Cadence has been an integral part of the journey of the growth of the semiconductor industry in India, collaborating with our customers and ecosystem partners since starting our operations in the late 1980s. Today, some of the most complex systems-on-chip (SOCs) at the most advanced nodes are being designed in India.

At Cadence, you’ll have the chance to interact with many talented people who have rich chip design expertise, deep EDA knowledge, and expert problem-solving skills. Our India locations house a variety of functions, including Sales, Marketing, IT. At Cadence’s Noida center, R&D teams work on leading-edge verification, analog, PCB, IC packaging, and digital technologies. Our Bangalore office houses most of the Technical Field Operationsn team. As an employee, you’ll have opportunities to work with customers who are designing some of the most advanced ICs in the world, in an industry that is in a high-growth phase.


Cadence Asia-Pacific

Cadence Asia-Pacific covers the China, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and Australia regions. These dynamic locations offer opportunities for candidates who are skilled in a variety of disciplines, including electrical engineering, computer science, semiconductor physics, and mathematics. You’ll have the opportunity to work on first-class electronic design automation (EDA) products alongside talented, friendly, professional, and passionate people.


Nurturing Talent Through the Cadence University Recruiting Program

This is an exciting time to be part of the Cadence team. We want to continue to hire the right people to turn our compelling business vision into reality, to innovate, and to support our culture. We believe that our people are our greatest strength—that’s why our search for exceptional talent and expertise is on-going.

From internships to co-operative education to job opportunities, Cadence offers post-college graduates the opportunity to be part of a winning team that’s transforming the electronic design automation (EDA) industry.


Cadence Recruiting Process

The Cadence recruiting process starts with your application. You can apply for a specific job by browsing through our current job openings and finding something that interests you or by submitting your resume for general consideration. Through our Job Search feature, you can narrow down the list by location, position, and functional area to see what is available.


When you are ready to apply, navigate easily through our online application process. Paste, type, or upload your cover letter and resume, and be sure to give us your contact information. This ensures that you are promptly added to our recruiting database for future consideration. Once you’ve filled in all the required fields, click “apply now”, and you’re on your way!

Interview Process

The interview process varies by region and position. Our recruitment team will reach out to applicants that meet our minimum qualifications for a particular position. Typically, the screening process starts with a phone screen, then we follow up with a face-to-face interview.


Following the interview process, the team will review the feedback collected and make a decision for the position. Final candidates will be contacted by the recruiter regarding next steps.


When selected, the recruiter will present the candidate with the offer details. A member of the staffing support team will send the applicant the offer package documents via email. Once the completed paperwork has been returned, a date will be scheduled for new hire orientation.

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    Good offer and a employee focus company. One of the best EDA company with better overall benefit. The company is willing to invest on its people.


    Due to the good benefits not sure how the company enable to manage expenses.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in March 2017.


    Got an email from HR to schedule an interview with Hiring manager. Hiring manager gave a short intro about the position, he was from the team they want to recruit. Asked some basic Data structure and C++ questions. Data structures questions were easy. C++ questions were kind of core questions, as I did not brush up properly, was not sure about some of the questions.

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Cadence Design Systems Awards & Accolades

  • 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
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