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Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert
Mark has been involved in EDA recruiting for over 18 years. He is Founder and President of EDA Careers, but started his career in EDA as executive Vice President at EDA Jobs. Mark was also VP of Marketing and Business Development in the beginning of the Internet revolution and has been a … More »

My 18th DAC, Let’s Talk; Just Look For The White Sport Coat…What Is Going On In Hiring These Days… Atrenta leaves us

June 7th, 2015 by Mark Gilbert

I guess I am getting older as the number of DAC’S I have attended is mounting and becoming a little frightening…this will be my 18th. I remember when walking DAC, was a tiring mission and I am not talking about walking the streets of San Francisco. It was quite large with isle after isle of booths taking up a huge footprint, and so many of them were Start-Ups. Well that was (as the song goes) yesterday and yesterday’s gone. I watched as each year, the big 4 took up more and more of the floorplan and one by one, the companies I did business with disappeared. I also watched as Startup after Startup grew their footprint and realized incredible growth which led to their acquisition. Now, here we are, so many years later and DAC is quite a different place. To add validity to what I am saying, one of the last of the mid tiers (some might say THE last) was just acquired. Atrenta, one of the oldest Start Ups will now join the ranks of so many before them and leave the floors of DAC to the likes of Synopsys.

Contrary to popular belief, DAC still has a significant number of Start-Ups and is still the go-to-show for our industry. Through the years, I have listened as each year people would tell me how DAC was losing attendance and was not relevant and I am talking about each year since my first. Each year they would say “look at the isles, you can throw a bowling ball down them” or “can you believe, no one is here” and comments alluding to similar perceptions. I used to laugh because I would look around and see most booths with people, especially the first two days and get glowing reports from those that really knew. Point here is, all these years later and DAC has the same purpose and accomplishes the same thing as it did all those years back. Yes, the footprint has shrunk dramatically, as has the enormous numbers of startups that this industry was founded on but make no mistake, DAC is still a relevant place for the industry to come together. It is still a place to introduce new technologies;-, still a place to forge relationships;- still a place to reinforce old relationships. Most importantly, it is still a place to DO BUSINESS.

DAC is an essential part of our EDA culture and still a place for all of us to come together. It is still a place to catch-up with people you know or have worked with;- still a place to learn about what other companies are doing;- still a place to make career decisions;- still a place to run into customers that you have worked with in the past;- still a place to play and simply catch-up. Bottom line, a conference is a place to do business, reignite relationships, and do business with people you know or have worked with previously, as well as build new opportunities. DAC does exactly that! It has been exactly that for me since my first DAC and has proven to be that way, at every DAC since. This DAC is in once again in the best location, San Francisco and while there may be less people there overall, the people you want to see will be there, rest assured of that. For now, DAC is still the best place for people in EDA to come together and I suspect that no matter how many people talk, complain or debate, most still feel it is an important part of our institution and the best place for EDAers to do business and that will hopefully be the case for years to come.

As for the job market, it is simply smoking. While the last years have been good, this year has been amazing. So many companies are trying to hire and finally candidates feel comfortable enough to test the waters. Folks, it is indeed a great time to see what might be out there. The old story still exists, most companies are as picky as ever and making real sure they hire the perfect candidate. Manager positions are hard to come by though they do exist. But if you are thinking that you want a slight change, that you want to work on something different, you should be calling me to see what I might have or (as I do often), what I can find for you. I know the chiefs, and I call them when I have the right candidate that will interest them. Hope to see you at DAC and when you grab me, please make sure your hands are clean so you do not dirty my white jacket.

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