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Last week, Cadence was recognized as No 28 in the “Best Companies to Work For” study conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute and the Economic Times. This is the third year in a row that Cadence has featured in the Top 50. We are all thrilled to be recognized in this study as it is a testament to the great culture that Cadence has built over the last 30+ years.
Incidentally, Cadence recently had another reason to celebrate – our 30th birthday! This was a double celebration for us in India, because Cadence India is one of the first offices WW, established when Gateway Design Automation was acquired by Cadence way back in 1989. There are a few employees who have been here from the very start – Cadence India Managing Director, Jaswinder Ahuja, is one of them, as is Naresh Chadha, Cadence India Finance Group Director.
These two occurrences are independent, but the reason that I am writing about both of them in one blog is because the common thread is the Cadence culture. It has not changed much in the last 30 years, and it’s that culture that has helped to recognize Cadence in best workplaces lists all over the world.
I don’t want this blog to become nostalgic, but some of the stories from the old-timers were funny and fascinating. From Antakshari sessions on the one company bus that everyone took to get from New Delhi to Noida, to sharing lunch, to cricket practice on the weekends, Cadence of its youth was like a family. When asked about how work was different in those days, Vikas Kohli from the PCB R&D team told me that software code was sent to the US via magnetic tapes because the internet was not fast or reliable enough. Mr Chadha said that the customs officials couldn’t understand why the tapes were valued so high! The finance team used to write salaries, tax deductions, and Provident Fund calculations by hand in registers for years until they got a computer. Listening to these anecdotes today when we enjoy the latest in electronics, high-speed connectivity and world-class infrastructure, was really a trip down memory lane.
But setting aside the technology and infrastructure differences that one would expect would improve over the years, Cadence India of 1987 and Cadence India of 2018 have one big thing in common – a feeling that we are one team, like an extended family. The only thing is that the Cadence India family has grown from 28 people to 2,000+ people.
I recently spoke to a few of the oldest employees – those who have spent over 25 years at Cadence - and each one of them spoke about camaraderie, fun, quality of work, pride, and enabling customers as the cultural attributes that they value about Cadence. Interestingly, these are the same things that a new hire would say about Cadence today. The only difference is that today we have articulated it in a way that everyone understands: what we call our High Performance Culture.
There are many aspects to Cadence’s High Performance Culture, but at the heart of it is “One Cadence-One Team”. It may mean something a bit different to each of us, but these four words capture a spirit that we all embrace everyday when we come to work. It is this spirit that drives us to make our customers successful, makes us want to improve the communities in which we work and live, and makes us constantly strive to exceed expectations.
So here’s to Cadence – 30 years young!
[The pictures are of some of our employees from our four sites - Noida (top), Bangalore (above left), Pune (below left) and Ahmedabad (below right)]