Mentor Graphics

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

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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

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    A good work-life balance but not a leading-edge company in the way its run

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    decent benefits
    understanding to work-life balance
    some good technologies

    Cons

    old boys club
    complacent executive leadership
    incompetent management
    no upward mobility
    little knowledge sharing or training programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the silo culture, hold management feet to the fire

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Politics, Politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    good amount of vacation (although they reduced it)
    nice facilities
    everyone has an office
    good benefits
    pay is probably better than it should be for most people there
    bonuses can be good, but the process of determining them is usually "gamed" and you never have a clue what is going to happen.

    Cons

    tons of office politics
    middle managers abuse their power
    difficult to move around within the company
    underskilled workers who are full of themselves, and overly impressed by their own abilities

    I worked at Mentor for quite a few years, but in the last few years, things suddenly got a lot worse. The amount of office politics is just staggering, and completely shut off the ability to get work done and create products. It was all about middle management and building their little castles, and who liked whom, and who got credit for what, and whose idea things were, blah blah blah. At the end, we had managers telling others not to talk to various people on the team, belittling, insulting, and cussing out people in meetings, completely throwing out the peer review process, and doing reviews based on what they alone "thought about the person" (i.e., whether the person brown-nosed enough) etc. It's just an absolute madhouse there, I've never encountered anything quite like it (thank goodness) in my professional life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys need to hold your middle management accountable and quash all the office politics. You'd be surprised how many people you have there whose only interest is in self-promotion, not the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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