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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "software engineer"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Secure job, good life/work balance

    Cons

    Old fashioned, slow paced company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Many talented and hard-working people.

    Cons

    IP management and direction in chaos. Way too political.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the politics and back stabbing. You're killing the company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Going Nowhere Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay well if you perform

    Cons

    The company hasn't grown in real terms in the last 10 years. The CEO is more focused on running his VC firm than what is supposed to be his full time job at Cadence.

    Advice to Management

    Get creative, grow the business instead of simply trying to optimize it.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, bad management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Configuration Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Configuration Engineer in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some really smart and great people here. Most of my coworkers are nice and want to make quality products. People are willing to share their knowledge with you.

    Cons

    Management is really bad. There is no training for management. People regularly yell in the hallways. If your manager is bad, you can't rely on HR as they are a joke. All management cares about is getting more time out of you for less money.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers! Value your employees. It's not just about how much you can squeeze out of them.


  5. "Lots of internal politics"

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    Former Employee - Sales Finance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Finance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very hard working and coworkers are generally respectable.

    Cons

    There's a lot of internal politics going on. The environment can best be described as hostile and run a bit like a military training camp. Lots of turnover at the top, which means you can never feel stable in your job.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a better work life balance and trust them to complete their work.


  6. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and flexible hours

    Cons

    Constant lay-offs. Management is not people focused.

    Advice to Management

    Value your veteran employees. They have historical knowledge that can not be replaced.


  7. "love my new firm!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm still new and learning the company's culture. But I know this is high performance culture company, so I expect what we get by how much we contribute to...

    Cons

    There is a mandatory vacation time in Dec. We must use some of our paid vacation days at that time...

    Advice to Management

    I felt interview took a long time period... I wanted to have shorter period.

  8. "Cadence"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus and good people

    Cons

    No long term vision, management doesn't share what is going on with project


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It was ok but should not stay here long."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Right in the middle of Silicon Valley. Easy to drive to.

    Pay is middle of the pack.

    Cons

    If you are not in the core business areas you are not respected. IT is considered a burden to the rest of the company.

    No growth. You will be in the same role forever even if the titles change.

    No work from home option.

    No respect in the workplace for the individual. People don't even greet you when you pass them in the corridors.

    Some individuals are highly loaded and stressed while others waltz around.

    Blame is quickly assigned to individuals but credit is claimed by many even if they didn't contribute.

    Lots of politics.

    If you can code then you are considered useless. Managers are more needed than actual developers since developers can be sourced through contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more. If you don't trust them then at least let them know why and how to improve.

    Respect the individual.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "IT Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people, excellent team work and front line (those at the coal face), support, communicate and help each other.

    Cons

    Complete lack of support, communication and respect from Senior Management. Decisions made in a vacuum, without understanding the implications and expecting the ever decreasing staff to resolve. Outsourcing on one hand but expecting "on-site & engaged", which is very difficult when waiting on someone to answer the outsourced Service Desk.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some cojones, start to respect your employees and stop using them as doormats. Hiding away behind your doors and ignoring the talent is no way to lead a department.


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