It's good to grow. Growth doesn't solve all problems but it helps. One interesting aspect of recessions is that companies tend to falter coming out of a recession rather than during one. It's a combination of the fact that negative growth can be blamed on the recession, therefore hiding problems, and overreacting to the downturn. That is cutting too deep into the muscle of the company along with, or in some cases instead of, the fat.
We obviously are coming out of this downturn with a different market alignment. Synopsys leads its two competitors by 11 %. Mentor comes in as number two and Cadence, who had the market lead coming into the recession, is number three. However, Mentor and Cadence came out of the recession growing at 11% where Synopsys showed only a 2% gain in 2010. It should be an interesting next few years.