Mentor Graphics Reviews in Fremont, CA

Updated June 6, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
270 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time" (in 39 reviews)

  • Good work environment for hard working engineers (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • No much opportunities for career growth (in 13 reviews)

  • Career path is not well defined (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Secure workplace, pace is slow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tool need integrate with user

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Layout tool is easy to use.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great 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!

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    To 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

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family Friendly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work / 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.

    Cons

    In 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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mentor Graphics reviews

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do some good planning instead of playing politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Family oriented company solving challenging problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly 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.

    Cons

    No 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience at Mentor So far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    senior engineer

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    Current Employee - Verification Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Verification Consultant in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary. Good pay package

    Cons

    No growth oppurtunity. old school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Employee friendly company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great team to work with
    good work life balance

    Cons

    low career growth opportunities
    poor bonus plans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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