Stay in EDA or move to CAD at Semi Company?

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Sep 5 32 Comments

Which is better for TC? Stay in EDA company or move to doing CAD at a Semiconductor company? Current TC is 175k. I like CAD type roles and work as get to work on lot of different design methodologies and process modelling flows, automation, but trying to see the future if continuing down this path in semiconductor field in EDA?

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  • Microsoft / Eng Leet_God
    Get out of EDA and CAD both.
    Move out at first opportunity you get
    Sep 6 10
    • Apple nakedrhino
      I spent all my PhD in EDA but didnt not start in EDA industry at all. I switched to data science as my first job. I know Cadence research in Berkeley had been the Holy Grail place to join until 2008 or 2009 when it was shut down. I had an interview with Synopsys in early 2014 and the hiring manager slipped that most candidates joined facebook and google in the end. I knew I had to do something.
      Sep 6
    • Intel yedechale
      What’s your yoe? PEX and physical verification is a very niche domain. Even if you try to move out it will be hard to crack design interview. Try for companies like amd, intel that could give you a chance in design. I had similar profile like yours but I struggled before I finally left it
      Sep 6
    • Intel BqxT28
      i believe EDA comp is better for good TC
      Sep 6
    • Cadence
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      Yeah generally speaking EDA (Cadence) pays better than Intel. This is based on my colleague(s) who joined from Intel.
      Sep 6
    • Cadence
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      yedechale I have 4 YOE. Did you move into digital design at intel? Moving from
      PEX to analog design is not easy
      Sep 6
  • Google Awgy10
    It's good to switch back and forth. It makes you be more effective.
    Sep 6 4
    • Google wFatDuck2
      Right answer
      Sep 6
    • Cadence
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      I agree. That could be a good option. Switch, learn something new and grow TC ?
      Sep 6
    • Google wFatDuck2
      Yes I think you can seriously improve skills by working on both sides
      Sep 6
    • Intel azhwengr
      Move to AE role, use it as a paid extended interview with multiple companies. Find one you like and bail. After they screw you eventually, come back to EDA and repeat.
      Sep 6
  • Intel jcjz44
    Honestly I felt being part of eda in a company like synopsis or cadence would give me more insight into internal attributes . Knowledge technique. But now being part of the company the knowledge sharing is pretty limited. Just do your job kind of attitude.
    Sep 6 0
  • Intel jcjz44
    Yoe?
    Sep 6 6
    • Intel jcjz44
      That's pretty cool. I'm assuming you were always part of cadence.
      Sep 6
    • Cadence
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      Yes. But what do you mean by “pretty cool”. What are you referring to?
      Sep 6
    • Intel jcjz44
      That tc is consistent with what I have. And that's by jumping ship. So it's pretty cool being part of cadence you still make the same .
      Sep 6
    • Cadence
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      jcjz44 i see. Whats your yoe at intel and total yoe? I guess what you are trying to say is TC is decent for my yoe?
      Sep 6
    • Intel jcjz44
      Yeah roughly same yoe. I'm actually happy for both of us. It just means unlike companies like Intel cadence doesn't like ball you. Yeah from what I see this tc is good for hw.
      Sep 6
  • Apple / Design Watchout!
    In EDA don’t you lose a lot of your technology roadmap and industry trend knowledge? If I studied the tools instead of used the tools to create for a long amount of time I would be afraid the industry would pass me by. This has been the reason I never looked into EDA seriously.
    Sep 6 3
    • Cadence
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      Its not as simple as “studying the tools”. In EDA/CAD you also study the process and how technology rules are written, modified or added to suit design requirements. Many times designers dont have insight into how to do this. Tools have kept evolving since past 20 years but you dont see CAD jobs in semis vanishing due to this reason.
      Sep 6
    • Apple / Design Watchout!
      I agree. But I also believe there has to be a trade off in keeping up the technologies and loss of speed using the tools. Also, we had a guy come to my team about 4 years ago from Cadence and he is worthless as a PCB designer and has to ask tool questions. He was senior Candence FAR
      Sep 6
    • Cadence
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      Is this Senior AE from Cadence? Senior AE in cadence is new college grad position = newbie with little to no experience. Anyways i appreciate your feedback, and it has some meaning to it. Thank you..
      Sep 6
  • Xilinx pMfv81
    Having seen CAD and EDA up close, if picking between the two, I'd recommend EDA. Better pay and more possibilities to move to software if desired.
    Sep 6 0
  • TI GLVW76
    We have Cadence AE on site all the time. In house CAD/tool support is constantly shrinking. Job security is definitely not there any more.
    Sep 6 0
  • Intel azhwengr
    Don't come to Intel for EDA. Did that for a few years. Totally disregarded within the company, treated like dirt, soul crushing managers.
    Sep 6 0
  • Airbnb rankmaster
    Why not pivot to software?
    Sep 7 0