Mentor Graphics

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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 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.  

    A great place to work for many years

    • 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 10 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work/life balance, not good industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Explore other areas for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    10+ years of experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong executive leaders, great culture

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

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company. Welcoming, casual and diverse work place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Probably above average company

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

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    time-off policy is controversial. Leadership quality depends on the group. Decent benefits. Decent pay. Cares a lot about employees (provides training courses, after work socialization events, work out facilities). But from what I hear, we used to be a lot more caring 20+ years ago.

    Cons

    Groups seemingly work against each other rather than with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage off the strengths of other groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good top management, lower management has policitics.

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

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

    Pros

    Time off quota is excellent at 24 days/year. Top management are smart and sincerely caring. Career-wise with option of engineering track only.

    Cons

    Lower management has politics. And given the technical nature of each's responsibilities, top/upper management is unable to look at all the details/histories, and accountability of lower management and engineers ceases to exists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finding knowledgeable and good lieutnants is hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great colleagues... crappy upper management

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

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

    Pros

    Work and life balance. Great colleagues. Family atmosphere

    Cons

    Moved to Fremont. Shoddy upper management. Doing better now but still believe in pet projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your acts together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good management and product mix. Established player in EDA field. Stable company and decent culture. Strong products and loyal customers. Good sales force and sales methodology.

    Cons

    EDA is a mature industry. Not really fast growing compared to other areas, like internet cloud. Some past tensions and culture clashes between acquired companies and products vs. original Mentorites. But most have been assimilated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I got to work supporting a lot of developers who were the world experts in their specialized area.

    Cons

    Nothing about the corporate culture at Mentor prepared me for my next job in the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote cross-fertilization at the technical worker-bee level, like you do at the technically elite level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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