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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Not good for young professionals"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company is big and the name is known all around the world between older professionals. The work is challenging and the career plane is good, specially if you like the hardware verification area. You can be in touch with the costumers, that are all big and known companies.

    Cons

    The majority of Cadence employees are men over 50 years old. Most of the benefits are for people this age, i.e they constantly have speakers coming to the campus to talk about "how to choose a good college for your children". The maternity paid leave is only 55 days, and the paternity leave is only 5 (five!) days. They don't promote too many events to make people get to know each other, so young professionals usually feel lonely on the work routine. The environment is very serious and nobody talks to each other, specially because the cubicles have tall walls around them. If you want to eat a snack, the only option you have are nuts and coffe/tea. You have to buy your own snack and lunch, and the food on the cafeteria is not even good. The wages for recent grads are usually lower then the average on Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger professionals and try to make them feel comfortable at the company. Show that you care: make events so they can get to know each other (events that young adults would like!), change a little bit the decoration inside the buildings (it is depressive!), and give benefits they would like to have (as a bigger paternity leave and even real snacks would make us save some money and make us happier during the work day).


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Cadence Software Release Team"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was working with good people who were very smart. The pay and vacation / benefits are really good. Management was very nice and approachable.

    Cons

    Work schedule was very hectic - on the phone with India all the time. No real help from management. Very old code base needed to be maintained, all using clearcase and perl.
    Team culture was OK, be prepared for a lonely cube life.

    Advice to Management

    People seem tired and over worked. They are under appreciated. The communication with India is tough to deal with. Day to day work was so busy there was not enough time to develop new tools / scripts to improve the process.

  3. "This is a sales driven company."

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    Former Employee - Group Director in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Group Director in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very customer focused. Always support what customers want in timely manner. Collaborative environment. People are nice to work with. Easy to seek help.

    Cons

    Too tactical. Not strategic enough. Always about maximizing sales commission. Need to make decisions based on longer term company success.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  4. "Cadence Design Systems"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technology solving mission critical customer challenges. People are excellent to work with; great team spirit lead by Lip Bu Tan.

    Cons

    A lot of focus on top 4 accounts. If you do not work on these accounts it can be a challenge to get the necessary resources to make your customers happy.

    Advice to Management

    Driven to make the top 4 customers successful. They are accessible to discuss ideas, interest and will provide the necessary leadership to make you sucessful.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    interfacing with many companies and the engineers there.
    seeing what problems customers faces an getting first hand feedback.

    Cons

    to much of a buddy network within management.
    to much focus on the sales rather then the customer needs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good EDA company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Consulting Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, friendly colleagues, fine benefits

    Cons

    Too many layoffs, low raises

    Advice to Management

    Reduce politics


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, but there's room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Lead Applications Engineer in Laguna Niguel, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Engineer in Laguna Niguel, CA

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

    Pros

    The people that work at Cadence are fantastic and the work environment is good. Lip Bu has been doing a great job as the CEO.

    Cons

    Somewhat political. Layoffs in bad times, layoffs in good times, layoffs are a part of life at Cadence. It's unfortunate that they kick good talent to the curb without seeing if they could transfer internally.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Principle SW engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many nice people to work with at Cadence. It has fast pace business. Also the business grows fast at Cadence. The cafeteria at Cadence is also pretty good. The food served there is very diversified.

    Cons

    The compensation at Cadence is pretty low compared at similar companies. It looks like to me Cadence refuses to increase the salary of their veteran employees. In other words, the people has been with Cadence the longest time usually have lower salary than the new hired, even though the new hired has lower title.

    Advice to Management

    The management of Cadence should not only focus on something like "The Best 100", but also should try their best to keep the valuable veteran employees, by offering their compensation according to their capability not their salary level at the time they were hired.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours are nice. Working with the latest technologies and with some good people makes the work environment better.

    Cons

    Lack of growth potential in non-San Jose offices. The office building itself is dated, it looks like nothing has been done to it in years and its true.

    Advice to Management

    Set aside more money for employee activities (especially in field sites outside of San Jose)


  10. "Title"

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    Former Intern - Front-end in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Front-end in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great to work for cadence design.

    Cons

    Very poor management on a team.


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