Mentor Graphics
3.6 of 5 241 reviews
www.mentor.com Wilsonville, OR 5000+ Employees

Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.6 241 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Mentor Graphics Chairman and CEO Wally Rhines

Wally Rhines

(166 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time""
    in 34 reviews
  • "Good work environment for hard working engineers"
    in 35 reviews
Cons:
  • "Internal politics decide your career growth or lack of it"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Career path is not well defined"
    in 10 reviews
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    good people, uncaring management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work environment , more words for classdoor

    ConsLike most companies nowadays, management treat employees like expendable supplies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good place that could be more

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsMostly a solid company with good products, good benefits, support for the community.

    ConsSome arrogance toward the customer, and some arrogance toward other employees from the lead developers in successful groups.
    Very little coordination of products between divisions. Very little core skills in marketing.
    The "country club" rumors are somewhat true, in that some employees are allowed to "cruise", doing very little.
    A poor manager can screw over any employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCoordinate the activities to get a better overall result.
    Promote an environment of respect for all employees.
    Empower HR to teach managers how to lead, motivate, review, and develop their employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    senior engineer

    Verification Consultant (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsGood salary. Good pay package

    ConsNo growth oppurtunity. old school

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employee friendly company

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    Prosgreat team to work with
    good work life balance

    Conslow career growth opportunities
    poor bonus plans

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    People stick around at Mentor, good or bad

    Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    Pros-Lots of good people in the company, but it will depend on the team.
    -Very flexible work environment. Culture is very relaxed and no one is counting the clock....you're just entrusted to get your job done.

    Cons-Not a lot of new blood which means not many new ideas. People stick around for a long time at Mentor....you need a balance of new folks with fresh thoughts and people that have been around while.
    -No career growth paths that I've seen anywhere. People get a job and there is no advancement. Can be very frustrating if you're ambitious.
    -Everything is silo'd into divisions with really no communication across divisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide opportunities for employees to explore career paths outside of their current role. Encourage collaboration between the different product lines and divisions. People want to create amazing/great products and sell them. There is talent in Mentor....enable it!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company - Old School Approach

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    ProsPersonally, I have had a wonderful experience at Mentor. Working hard and making the right contacts have resulted in job advancement and opportunity (although I hear from others that not everyone is given that opportunity). The campus is beautiful, the benefits are great, and the compensation is good if you make sure to ask for what you are worth. For a person with a family, the work life balance and onsite childcare are absolutely stellar.

    ConsIt seems from time to time that Mentor is more about security for employees then pressing everyone to perform. It is frustrating to work besides people who are just comfortable and collecting a paycheck - but as long as you can be personally accountable and self satisfied that can be looked past.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider investing in new employees for new thoughts and ideas. I hate to say it but if you look closely at your ranks there are a number of people who could probably benefit from being shaken up a bit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall pretty good company to work for

    QA Software Engineering (Former Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    ProsOf course this depends on your manager and work team but overall I felt Mentor's work environment was great on product development side. It had just the right amount of stress level to keep things interesting and not too much to be overwhelming. I worked with some great coworkers who were committed to delivering quality products and we worked well in an agile environment.
    Pay was fair to good, but had been really lean to non-existent in the last 4-5 years. There is convenient access to top-rated Child Development Center if your kids are young. Great access to the Gym, weight room, classes like yoga, pilates, strength training,etc.

    ConsNot a well-defined growth path for QA.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was easy. They look for people skills along with technical skills for AE positions

    Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsDecent pay and GOOD work life balance

    ConsScope for long term career growth is minimum

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the best places to work in the NW.

    RETQA Intern (Current Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    ProsFlexible work hours.
    Great work environment.
    Working for the Calibre group has many wonderful perks, like free drinks and food every week.

    ConsLocated in Wilsonville, rather than Portland.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Weird organization with a bunch of good old boys' clubs

    Technical Marketing Engineer (Current Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    Pros- offices (rather than cubes)
    - the work environment is not at all stressful.
    - Decent benefits (although it is likely better in other tech companies)

    Cons-no career growth path
    - salaries are stagnant and bonuses non-existent
    - diminishing benefits (such as time off has been slashed to 2 weeks accrual NOT 24 days as advertised).
    - No encouragement for fresh ideas

    Advice to Senior Management- Encourage new ideas for business and streamlined processes.
    - Hold the management (including yourselves) accountable when business isn't good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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