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

Mentor Graphics Reviews

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89% Approve of the CEO

Mentor Graphics Chairman and CEO Wally Rhines

Wally Rhines

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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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    great place to work

    Senior Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Prosfriendly employees and place of work

    Conswall between management and employees

    Advice to Senior Managementloosen up

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

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    Embedded division dying

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Mobile, AL

    Prosgood pay for Mobile area

    Constoo 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 Senior ManagementChange for the sake of change was stupid. I guess you know that now.

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

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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

    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

    Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsOpportunity for cutting edge R&D
    Good salaries

    ConsBad division = bad experience
    Poor career development

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership across divisions should be consistent

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    Overall it was a professionally rewarding experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    ProsBalance of work and family life culture

    ConsHeadquarter in Oregon is not at the hub of high tech activities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Prosnot micro-managed
    decent pay and benefits
    sr. management genuinely has employees interests in mind
    nice campus in Wilsonville; nice facility in San Jose

    Conscan be political (isn't that true everywhere?)
    company is not on a strong growth path. Employee growth suffers as a result. Stagnant.

    Advice to Senior Managementtake risks, move into new markets, grow the company. How can you fit into the "new economy"?
    consider better stock options and incentive plans for non-sales employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Marketing Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Marlborough, MA

    ProsWork/Life balance
    Decent wage
    There is really nothing else that can be considered a "Pro" to working for this organization.

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementTake a look at your GMs and Middle Management. Too political to get things done. Especially SDD, EMA and Webops.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IC Customer Support = Zoo

    Marketing Engineer (Former Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    Pros- Some great Engineers work in the RET/OPC support space

    Cons- Inexperienced Management
    - 55+ yr olds, who think of themselves as GODS work here.
    - All except three in this group is a young and innovative Engineer.
    - No innovation
    - Politics everyday
    - Poor, inexperienced manager and director.
    - Primary cause of loss of business in the IC space

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease re-evaluate the support CAEs who have been working since 25+ year. They have no clue how the world outside has changed. No creativity, innovation or room for improvement. Stubborn, hard-headed, in-compatible CAEs work in this group.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Technical Marketing Engineer (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    Prosdecent benefits
    understanding to work-life balance
    some good technologies

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak the silo culture, hold management feet to the fire

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    Politics, Politics

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Wilsonville, OR

    Prosgood 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.

    Constons 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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