Pros: field management is very customer and innovation oriented
Cons: could be better about work-life balance
Cadence develops highly sophisticated software solutions for microchip companies. New management has really turned the company around and build the stock price up 5x in the last 3 years. I have worked as an FAE at Cadence and previously worked for Synopsys. I have now moved to CAD development at a Semiconductor company.
I can gladly say that working at Cadence has forced me to use 50% more of my brain. Synopsys tends to negotiate hard to customers against technology development, whereas Cadence takes more and more burden from Customers in developing advanced technology. The net result is that there is more growth for Engineers working at Cadence compared to Synopsys. Especially around Front-End Digital technology, where Synopsys maintains the reputation as the leader, Cadence has 5 times more technology in Low Power, Auto-ECO, Advanced DFT and Advanced Physical Synthesis.
Over 7 years at Cadence, I've had the opportunity to be an FAE, Product Engineer, Account Management and Marketing Manager. On the Applications and Product Engineering side, I have been issued patents under my name, a rare thing in a Non-Developmental role.
Cadence has also been acquiring IP companies left and right. They are well prepared to gain leadership back in the industry.