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Cadence Design Systems Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Overall a Good Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The People, Technology, and Work Flexibility are really good.

    Cons

    As with most companies, there are things that can be done better. Too much bureaucracy at times and a lot of upper management.


  2. "software engineering intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    good company to work for.

    Cons

    not much opportunity for intern

  3. "Drudgery, good money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - With Lip Bu Tan he knows how to keep share holders happy. The company is going up in value.
    - You can get by with ~45 hours a week of work. Unusual for the bay area

    Cons

    - Older than average workforce. If you're a young engineer, you'll be the youngest person probably. This is good as you get to hangout with experienced people. But dont expect a social life from your workplace.


  4. "general"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of new technology developed and training are more systematic. Since I worked for Cadence before, I can get familiar with enverioment very quickly.

    Cons

    Need to rejust my role from previously working with R&D to now more dealing with customers. So the function has shift from technical orientated to soft skill orientated.


  5. "Frustrated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Compliance and Logistics in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Global Compliance and Logistics in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Mostly good people, good benefits

    Cons

    I guess depends on the department
    With my first 2 managers, I was encouraged to take charge and trusted to do my job. 3rd manager was a control freak and micro managed.

    Advice to Management

    Train all your managers to be on board with the corporate culture


  6. "Interesting Work, not so interesting environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    Much of the work is challenging and state of the art. Some very talented people in the trenches doing the heavy lifting.

    Cons

    Cadence is very top down with little empowerment of employees. Even minor decisions get pushed up and there is very little risk taking. Decisions involve endless meetings and lots of second guessing. Little or no loyalty to long term employees. Lots of formal communication downwards, very limited informal communication up and down.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking to outsiders to fix your problems. You have lots of talent inside but you need to get to know them.


  7. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company faces many challenges to compete in its market which means that individuals have to work hard. But, generally, they are financially rewarded decently for a large established company.

    Cons

    Management is in flux and not open about upcoming changes. Unsure of implications for future career opportunities.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Talented people, but not much career advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Talented and helpful people with strong background
    - Good solid technology
    - Use of leading industry tools
    - Challenging projects, sometimes too much

    Cons

    - Pay is ok, nothing to shout about
    - Good technology, but old
    - Lack of good documentation of technology
    - Some fraction of people with strong background are aloof and arrogant
    - Lack of career advancement opportunities


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Full of politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadence Design Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    With some talented people, recently becom the fortune100 best companies to work for. Emt team push very hard to beat competitors

    Cons

    Less vacations, less pay, high work pressure. Worst of all, full of politics and full of people being there forever and nowhere else to go and not willing to do any work. Not a good place to work for Ying people.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people based on their contributions and work load, not by politics and give young people more opportunities and chance to grow. This is a dying industry otherwise.


  10. "EDA as a field is getting commoditized. Not a whole of lot of new stuff going on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable job. Great benefits! Good leadership team now.

    Cons

    Nothing new going on in the EDA side.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in how the rank-and-file work. Since this is an old field, there are a lot of people who are in the company for a long time. Hence, a lot of bureaucracy and junior people do not get a whole of monitorship.


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