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Good people, but not good to advance your career

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Former Employee - Application Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Application Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at Mentor Graphics

Pros

- Learn the state of art tools and deal with all different companies from Start-ups to large companies. Good learning experience.
- Good sales team and team coaching
- Caring management

Cons

- Hard to get promoted in your career after several years' hard work
- Some tough people to deal with

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need be more aggressive to compete with Synopsys and Cadence and lead the competition.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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    Mentor Graphics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    Everyone has offices (at least in San Jose). San Jose office is relatively convenient (not like, say, Fremont) to most people in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    I have yet to really understand how MGC's management works. It is not always clear who is making decisions. Recent cutbacks in benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about what you need to do to keep employee morale at a high level even after the recession ends.

    Approves of CEO
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    Rock the boat

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    One of the top three EDA companies (Obviously mentor is the 3rd after Synopsys and Cadence). Decent number of FTO days that is not compared to any other company in the Silicon Valley. Note this is prior to 2009 cuts which took it down from 24 days to 15 days which is still OK but not superb as it was before

    Cons

    Most of senior managers in the product divisions (specially in the small product groups that don't have decent revenue) are clueless. Many of them are from different industries and don't understand much about EDA or semiconductor and want to run the company as a pure software company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chairman, CEO, and most of the GMs/VPs are clueless about what is happening in the product divisions. The board of directors should rock the boat and change most of the managers.

    Disapproves of CEO
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