Mentor Graphics
3.6 of 5 226 reviews
www.mentor.com Wilsonville, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.6 226 reviews

                             

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Mentor Graphics Chairman and CEO Wally Rhines

Wally Rhines

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Excellent Work/Life Balance with regular group members outings (20 people)"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Mentor provides a generous work environment, great pay and benefits"
    in 32 reviews
Cons:
  • "Internal politics decide your career growth or lack of it"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Career path is not well defined"
    in 9 reviews
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Family style workplace

Flow QA Intern (Current Employee)

I have been working at Mentor Graphics as an intern for more than a year

ProsAlmost everyone there is approachable and willing to help answer questions when needed. Great place to start out a career.

ConsDeadlines were not always a priority and the top priority task would change multiple times per week. Resulting in a lot of wasted time changing back and forth.

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

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great company to work for, but pay is just ok

VLSI Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Laguna Hills, CA

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

ProsNice people and fixable hour.

Conspay is ok, and could higher compare to living cost

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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a comfortable place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsFor employees in R&D, Mentor Graphics pays reasonable salaries, has a mixture of smart employees and average employees, provides very secure employment, and has relatively interesting projects. In short, it's a comfortable place to work, and in my personal experience, turnover is quite low. Perhaps because the company is based in rural Oregon, which is unusual for a high-tech company, the work-life balance is quite good. The first Mentor company "value" of "win ethically" is not an inaccurate description of the company's culture.

ConsThe flip side of being a comfortable place to work, is that the company is not that aggressive and in fact sometimes downright slow, and this can be a source of frustration. At times, the company can feel bureaucratic. Salaries are mid-range; Mentor does not pay top of the market, and very rarely "re-balances" teams (i.e. let low-performers go), and this ends up being reflected in the competence of the employees. Because Mentor is not that aggressive, and because EDA in general is a slow growing market, career options within Mentor are limited.

Advice to Senior ManagementOn the R&D side, there should be a lot more collaboration and cooperation between divisions and within divisions on general software development infrastructure and best practices. On revenue recognition side, why not move to a quarterly ratable model, where revenue is recognized equally in each quarter of a deal, instead of front-loading the recognition? This would fix issues with remixing where the remixed products do not get the same revenue recognition, and make the business less cyclical.

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

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Nice place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

Pros- Nice team work of talented engineers.
- Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time".

Cons- Some of the higher management levels are really not competent enough.
- No clear way to career growth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Mentor Graphics

ProsWork with a very diverse group of smart people.

ConsOrganizational structure can be very limited for non engineers.

Advice to Senior ManagementHR policies toward advancement and compensation need to be less rigid.

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

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Secure workplace, pace is slow

Technical Marketing Engineer (Former Employee)
Fremont, CA

I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time for 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 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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Great team in Corporate Marketing

Graphic Designer (Former Employee)
Wilsonville, OR

I worked at Mentor Graphics as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat people, nice location, beautiful campus, decent compensation

Consjust that contract work ends.

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

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By far and large, this is one of the best companies to work for in the Huntsville area.

Flow QA Intern (Former Employee)
Huntsville, AL

I worked at Mentor Graphics as an intern for more than a year

ProsThis company had very flexible shifts, competitive salaries, and many perks that attract employees from all around the world.

ConsIt is very competitive to get a job with this company. Other than that, I have nothing to say against Mentor Graphics.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Family Friendly

Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA

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

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

ProsQuality of work, friendly management

ConsLess pay, no life, no fun

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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