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Mentor Graphics Reviews in Fremont, CA

Updated Jun 6, 2014
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3.1 15 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Mentor Graphics Chairman and CEO Wally Rhines

Wally Rhines

(14 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time"(in 35 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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    Secure workplace, pace is slow

    Technical Marketing Engineer (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    Pros- great benefits.
    - respectful colleagues.
    - competitive compensation.
    - supports personal development.
    - IT very responsive and efficient.

    Cons- management personnel sometimes not qualified.
    - lots of politics when it comes to talking with development teams.
    - limited market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more rigorous about market requirements, replace the old development staff if necessary to implement those requirements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tool need integrate with user

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsLayout tool is easy to use.

    ConsEldo need more application examples for ADMS simulation.
    ADMS need to be bundled into a complete design package.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Try your luck, so management are very good and some very bad. If your group REORG a lot, you are in that bad luck place

    Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsGreat company if you report to right division , try your luck , some management know how to grow with the team, try avoiding division which keep REORG and under performing!

    ConsSome division management uses very bad way to motivate workers to perform, some group REORG like very quarter so workers to put constant pressure on worker on new task! Once worker are drained, they will kick them out with pip package

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo the Try to train middle management , don't just uses new hired worker like oem factory workerS so middle manager can get promoted after draining worker like a non-rechargeable battery

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    Family Friendly

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsWork / Life balance is great. The company culture is very relaxed and flexible. They value the freedom of the employee. Benefits are decent for a mid-size company with not so much growth.

    ConsIn Mentor, moving up the corporate ladder is difficult, not too many opportunities to grow/move to the management level. People tend to stay for long periods in the company, so the older folks who are managers remain so!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsGood health care and used to have good stock option. The stock option before locked the lowest price for 2 years.

    ConsA lot of management politics. A VP was laid off because of making a decision that is good for the company but bad for the CEO. CEO is also too conservative about being merged or acquired thus impede the company's growth and employee's benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo some good planning instead of playing politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Family oriented company solving challenging problems

    Senior R&D Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsMostly awesome and smart people but it really depends which group you're in. 24 days FTO even for new hires. Management really cares about making a good product.

    ConsNo company culture. Everyone is gone at 7pm.

    The average age is about 40 so everyone cares more about picking up their kids then fixing their bugs.

    Development process is 10 years behind everyone else. They're still using CVS, vi, and waterfall with bi-years software releases.

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

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsNice environment to work in. People are generally very friendly
    Strong skill set across multiple disciplines
    Competitive salaries
    Technology leaders in multiple areas

    ConsIt is a very flat organization and therefore advancement is rather difficult.
    Plays in a industry with limited growth and so the companies growth although somewhat better than the industry as a whole is still rather limited.

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

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    Experience at Mentor So far

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsGood Work Culture and Employees are treated well.
    Motivated and Knowledgeable teams.
    Broad portfolio of products

    ConsAlso because it's broad, at times the basic things are put down in priority list.

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

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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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