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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

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

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 Management

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    You 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 Management

    A 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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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for cutting edge R&D Good salaries

    Cons

    Bad division = bad experience Poor career development

    Advice to Management

    Leadership across divisions should be consistent


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