Mentor Graphics
3.6 of 5 227 reviews
www.mentor.com Wilsonville, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

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First 15+ years were great but then Mentor "matured" and the business types took over.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Wilsonville, OR

I worked at Mentor Graphics

ProsThe people I worked with cared and kept things going despite screwy decision making by CIO and division GMs
Facilities were very nice.
The work was interesting
You could make a difference for the people you were doing the work for
Compensation was good.

ConsYou had to build your own niche.
Career path was undefined.
You were at the whim of managers a continent or more away who didn't know you or the tasks you performed
Slowly eroding the benefits in the name of "economy"
Non-profit center support personel were never clearly advised how their contribution was compared with the profit center personel.
Had a project d'jour mentality.
HR was a joke. All they did was tend the revolving door.

Advice to Senior ManagementA software company is nothing but the people. By firing the older people you destroy the corporate memory and expertise and reduce the effectiveness of all the employees. The CIO needs to do some 'management by walking around' and find out who the people are and what they bring to the corporation,....besides a way for him to play with the latest 'toys' and build up some more 'accomplishments' for his next position. Wouldn't hurt for the CEO to do the same and have the CIO explain the function of the various groups in his domain.

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Experience will depend on division

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I worked at Mentor Graphics


Pros: Opportunity for cutting edge R&D Good salaries Cons: Bad division = bad experience Poor career development Advice to Senior Management: Leadership across divisions should be consistent More

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Overall it was a professionally rewarding experience

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Wilsonville, OR

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Pros: Balance of work and family life culture Cons: Headquarter in Oregon is not at the hub of high… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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