Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Mentor Graphics - a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good. Company culture is relaxed.

    Cons

    Depends on how you look at this - no real room for upward movement in your career because people come to work at Mentor and never leave!!!

  2. good company to work for...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    excellent work, good work home balance

    Cons

    nothing much apart from distance

  3. Worked in several groups on multiple projects.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    Great people, employee oriented company.

    Cons

    Project management could be improved.

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  5. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    Work/ Life balance is good

    Cons

    They do not turn temporary employees into permanent

  6. Just got an internship working at Mentor Graphics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Fremont, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in the office in Fremont as an intern during the summer. The office buildings are big and I have my own cube with an extraordinary view outside. The people here are very great and down to earth, and the work is not exhausted.

    Cons

    The EDA is a very stable industry, so if you want to work in a more aggressive or challenging environment, you should go to software companies. And it seems that Mentor don't hire a lot of new grads.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work for many years

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    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is lead by an amazing CEO that knows every detail of the business and can talk technical to any crowd. The headquarters in Wilsonville OR is an amazing campus in a nice little town south of Portland. The benefits are on par with most high tech companies. They just switched to unlimited vacation. The company has been profitable for many years. The strategy is to only go after markets that they can be number 1 in or number 2 and growing.

    Cons

    The biggest problems in EDA and Mentor are:
     - Deep discounting. For some reason, Mentor and the leading EDA companies are now in a space where customers do not want to pay for software. Ironically, you cannot design electronics today without these tools. We see 95-99% discounts on big deals. While that can bring in a fat paycheck to the top level of the company, the trickle-down affect to the divisions is that many do not reap any money from the sale. Thus, they miss their targets.
    - Each division is run as a separate business with a P and L. This means that there is very little cooperation between product divisions in a lot of cases. It also can cause the "have" and the "have not" divisions. The haves get rewarded and the have not's struggle. Make sure you know what division is a "have" before taking a job here.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint "vision" or initiative czars at the top of the company to drive solutions that include all the divisions that need to participate. For example, if the company wants to go after automotive, that encompasses many products in many divisions. Because the businesses are silos, they will never deliver a unified solution without a top level driver.

  8. Good work/life balance, not good industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone has an office
    25 days vacation starting day one
    Good onsite gym
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    EDA is not growing, rain might be a concern

    Advice to Management

    Explore other areas for growth

  9. 10+ years of experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture
    Senior management is accessible and employee focused, where practical
    Opportunities exist, especially in corporate headquarters in Wilsonville, OR
    Strong ethical base throughout the company
    Company's business direction is headed in a positive direction

    Cons

    Politics can exist in pockets, but this is not unlike most companies.
    Some individuals in sales organization sometimes act "entitled"

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Overall, the upper management is very well appreciated by the employee base.

  10. Strong executive leaders, great culture

    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The executive leadership at Mentor Graphics is very strong. The CEO and President are always looking for ways to innovate the company's products, hire the best talent, and manage the company ethically. Many opportunities to be in different positions or work with leading edge technology. Very flexible work hours and a lot of autonomy given to employees to create their own day based on goals.

    Cons

    Many of the divisions in the company are acquisitions, so the management culture within them can vary greatly. However, MG has a great training team and they do their best to instill best practices and create strong managers.

  11. Great company. Welcoming, casual and diverse work place.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and willing to help. The policy for time off is called Flexible Time Off. You get unlimited time off, but if you request more than 3 weeks at a time it requires approval from your manager's manager. All other time off just requires your manager's approval, and all of the managers I've interacted with have been very understanding and down to earth. They use the Agile method for project planning and it works very well. There are a lot of meetings because of it, but the meetings are casual and relaxed.

    Cons

    The software is 30 years old, so many of the teams just fix defects in our branch. If you want to work on something new and expanding then Mentor is not the place for you. Office politics also play a decently big role. I was hired after being an intern. There were definitely other interns who were more capable than me who didn't get offered positions because they didn't get along as well with the managers and other employees. You need to be able to have friendly chats and be outgoing, but if you have that then you'll have a great time here.

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