Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
264 Reviews
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264 Reviews
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Mentor Graphics Chairman and CEO Wally Rhines
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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 36 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Mentor Graphics is an excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    At Mentor Graphics one establishes great connections within the company between peers and management. People are approachable and there is a family like atmosphere. Many employees enjoy Mentor's culture and plan to stay with the company the duration of their work lives. Most employees truly enjoy their jobs and those they interface with on a daily basis. A can do attitude is normal operating practice. Employees have a real sense of pride working for Mentor it becomes a part of your identity. The benefits are excellent. At corporate and the Fremont site, exercise programs are available to employees. I truly enjoyed my time at Mentor and miss all those I worked with for many years.

    Cons

    No cons to list at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Could not have been better !

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow and management appreciates you with great opportunities and appreciation

    Cons

    Nothing wrong with the company, just that EDA industry has its limitations in growth, Its not IT or cloud based type industry growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work/life balance, not good industry

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Everyone has an office
    25 days vacation starting day one
    Good onsite gym
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    EDA is not growing, rain might be a concern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore other areas for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    10+ years of experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good company culture
    Senior management is accessible and employee focused, where practical
    Opportunities exist, especially in corporate headquarters in Wilsonville, OR
    Strong ethical base throughout the company
    Company's business direction is headed in a positive direction

    Cons

    Politics can exist in pockets, but this is not unlike most companies.
    Some individuals in sales organization sometimes act "entitled"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. Overall, the upper management is very well appreciated by the employee base.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong executive leaders, great culture

    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    The executive leadership at Mentor Graphics is very strong. The CEO and President are always looking for ways to innovate the company's products, hire the best talent, and manage the company ethically. Many opportunities to be in different positions or work with leading edge technology. Very flexible work hours and a lot of autonomy given to employees to create their own day based on goals.

    Cons

    Many of the divisions in the company are acquisitions, so the management culture within them can vary greatly. However, MG has a great training team and they do their best to instill best practices and create strong managers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company. Welcoming, casual and diverse work place.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and willing to help. The policy for time off is called Flexible Time Off. You get unlimited time off, but if you request more than 3 weeks at a time it requires approval from your manager's manager. All other time off just requires your manager's approval, and all of the managers I've interacted with have been very understanding and down to earth. They use the Agile method for project planning and it works very well. There are a lot of meetings because of it, but the meetings are casual and relaxed.

    Cons

    The software is 30 years old, so many of the teams just fix defects in our branch. If you want to work on something new and expanding then Mentor is not the place for you. Office politics also play a decently big role. I was hired after being an intern. There were definitely other interns who were more capable than me who didn't get offered positions because they didn't get along as well with the managers and other employees. You need to be able to have friendly chats and be outgoing, but if you have that then you'll have a great time here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Probably above average company

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    time-off policy is controversial. Leadership quality depends on the group. Decent benefits. Decent pay. Cares a lot about employees (provides training courses, after work socialization events, work out facilities). But from what I hear, we used to be a lot more caring 20+ years ago.

    Cons

    Groups seemingly work against each other rather than with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage off the strengths of other groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good top management, lower management has policitics.

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Time off quota is excellent at 24 days/year. Top management are smart and sincerely caring. Career-wise with option of engineering track only.

    Cons

    Lower management has politics. And given the technical nature of each's responsibilities, top/upper management is unable to look at all the details/histories, and accountability of lower management and engineers ceases to exists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finding knowledgeable and good lieutnants is hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great colleagues... crappy upper management

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work and life balance. Great colleagues. Family atmosphere

    Cons

    Moved to Fremont. Shoddy upper management. Doing better now but still believe in pet projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your acts together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Huge company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, nice co-workers and an easygoing atmosphere.

    Cons

    Really bad self-righteous middle-management looking to make a name for themselves, lack of direction and not a lot of possibility for self-advancement i.e. challenging projects with new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read Peopleware. Seriously, read it. Software engineers are not mindless drones that you should micromanage - not because you should be nice to your employees, but rather to get the most out of them. You are investing your money by hiring them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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