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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
277 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time" (in 39 reviews)

  • Good work environment for hard working engineers (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • No much opportunities for career growth (in 13 reviews)

  • Career path is not well defined (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bad pay, good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment and campus.

    Cons

    Not many perks and pay is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are employees that work harder and produce more results than the rest of the group. Please pay these high acheivers more than those that are NOT producing as much. There are a lot of "dead wood" among employees at this company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok benefits and work in a company going nowhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits and salary and working conditions.

    Cons

    The whole industry is going nowhere. Upper management more interested in protecting themselves than making the hard choices they're paid for. They talk a good game, but the results of the business tell a different story. No opportunities to advance and little opportunity to even move around in the company to keep things fresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wally and Greg know that they should merge the company with Cadence or Synopsys, they just don't want to lose their jobs so they don't. Wally's been CEO for 20 years with nothing really to show for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stifling - too many "stayers" at this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mentor provides a generous work environment, great pay and benefits. The job accommodates a healthy life outside work. Our group volunteers time to food banks and other good causes - a nice gesture.

    Cons

    Bloated organization, complacent business culture, management is full of bluster. Many employees here are "stayers" whose goal is navigating the politics necessary to reach retirement. Many people work unproductive jobs and take advantage of a generous corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're lucky Carl Icahn has grown passive in his old age.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Embedded division dying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    good pay for Mobile area

    Cons

    too many to list. New GM is a hachet man, has run off most of the folks that built the division. Ones he brought in have left. Too late getting into Linux and Android, ignored the customer base that built the company, best people leaving in droves. Haven't hit sales quota in forever. Only Mentor's stupidity to keep pumping cash into this failed endeavor keeps the doors open. You'd find better morale in Hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change for the sake of change was stupid. I guess you know that now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you're below management level, be prepared to have no control

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Marlborough, MA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    Work/Life balance
    Decent wage
    There is really nothing else that can be considered a "Pro" to working for this organization.

    Cons

    Poor management
    Poor communication
    Too political
    Frequent layoffs, no notification
    Unless you're in corporate, no benefits to working there
    Too bureaucratic to be functional
    Disparate systems, logins and PW to get into about 15 different sites
    Unqualified IT
    Top-heavy
    Healthcare is awful
    Travel policy
    Everyone at corporate has an office but in the field you have to meet certain qualifications
    Self-admitted old-boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your GMs and Middle Management. Too political to get things done. Especially SDD, EMA and Webops.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of challenges, a lot of great people but poor HR so I can not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    good work life balance
    encourages training
    internship program
    beautiful facilities
    individual offices - little or no cubicles
    fast paced enviornment
    diverse work enviornment
    good compensation

    Cons

    lack of employee advocacy through out HR team. All HR issues are left to managers and HR only called in for termination and documentation of disciplinary actions.
    constant changing of strategy within HR team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees do not feel that there is an internal resource to assist them when situations arise. HR should not simply protect the company but successful HR teams can also foster a secure and open door policy through out their divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Ware!! Mismanaged company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance. Used to have 24 days of FTO which are now cut down to a maximum of 10 but still accrues at a rate of 24 days per year.

    Cons

    - Very political environment.
    - Rare opportunities for career growth.
    - Mismanaged company with clueless middle managers (most of those with a Director title).
    - Same work every day for 5+ years is really boring!
    - HR has almost no role in the company. You only see them during an interview and an exit interview and pretty much nothing in between!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not one company but a collection of divisions with different work culture and practices under one big umbrella. I don't see any corporate culture that is common across divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A retirement company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    good work life balance
    not too much pressure

    Cons

    no promotion opportunity
    nothing new, it is same pace and same work.
    average working culture.
    inaccurate performance review
    your boss is your god. no escape.
    Very minimal HR role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is low energy company. Even if one wants to do some thing new, he is not encouraged ( even though caliber ( biggest mentor product) came from such effort), No one puts pressure on you but at the same time no one ask question to under performer as well. If i call bonus as bogus, it is not inappropriate.

    This is not one company but group of difference divisions with different work culture and practices under one big umbrella.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some senior management executives are incompetent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    1) 24 days of free time off per year for everyone.
    2) Good work life balance.
    3) Most people get a company laptop (new or used depending on job function).
    4) Good coffee/espresso machines in Fremont office; free fresh milk included.
    5) See Con #1 below; it can be a pro depending on what type of person you are or group you belong to.

    Cons

    1) Some overlaps in customer facing positions, resulting in redundancy. A few people do the work, and others who do not contribute (or contribute very little) can take the credit, too, because each is reporting to different bosses (in different offices). Wasteful resources; create low morality for people who do the work.
    2) Fremont office smells bad due to its close proximity to an old dumpster site.
    3) Some politicking in non-R&D job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much power and politics in sales/field organization, because there are many people with little to do. Invest more in R&D instead. For the benefit of the company, get rid of your friends who are incompetent; they are bringing more of their incompetent friends! These are some reasons why the company isn't as lean and efficient as it can be.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A nice place to take a break during one's career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    My peers are among the most brilliant, energetic people I've worked with and I've learned a lot from them. Company allows flexible working hours, sometimes too flexible. Generous vacation: 24 days + a floating holiday, and many regular holidays. The Wilsonville campus is an amazing place with a gym and workout facility, duck ponds, on-site child care, and other wildlife.

    Cons

    Most organizations seem too top-heavy, so there is no career path for those at the bottom, the "doers" Mentor as a company is structurally disadvantaged where each division seems like its own subsidiary with no inter-division cooperation, and possibly even competition for sales revenue. Mentor wants to sell "solutions" but in reality will always sell independent point tools due to the lack of collaboration. To advance one's career, one must either leave or go to a new division within Mentor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why be so quick to ignore advice from bottom-dwellers like us TMEs? Management is bent on gathering new data without ever acting on the data they already have. Instead of focusing on solid products we can be proud of, we add shaky new features on a shaky foundation. Also why can't we get an RTL synthesis tool, however rudimentary - such a disadvantage to rely on competitors to complete the design flow.

    No opinion of CEO

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