Mentor Graphics

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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
277 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 41 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.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit thrives in this company. If you have a good idea let it be known and reap the rewards.
    Beautiful headquarters campus, leading edge tools and systems. Excellent vacation/personal time benefits. Freedom to work at home several days per week.

    Cons

    The company has grown and as sales top $1 billion the perks are drying up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

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

    Pros

    The emphasis is on results, not 9 to 5, so if you can get you job done, you are afforded a lot of flexibility. Management is generally fair and allows you to find your own path to getting results. There is lots of space for creativity and defining your own goals. Compensation is good and perks like dining with customers or traveling to conferences are common.

    Cons

    The nature of the work is that you are an individual contributor, sometimes I miss being part of a larger team. Opportunities for promotion are few in the application engineering side of the organization, but if you don't want to be a manager, then that's not too much of a problem. Sometimes it can be quite political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management focuses on building team spirit through group get-togethers and team activities. It would be good to add building strong technical teamwork to that. It is rewarding to work on a team where you feel that you and your colleagues can support each other to solve problems and provide value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly people, great atmosphere. Zero advancement possibility, tiny raises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Mentor has so many friendly people, right up to the top. Another thing that impresses me is how virtually everyone is a self starter, has great work ethics, and is a pleasure to work with. Bonuses are nice.

    Cons

    There is no advancement possibility at Mentor. Management makes no effort to change this, despite it being the number one "con" in the last employee survey.

    The treatment of employees has been on a steady decline for about five years. Raises are tiny...average was 2.5% this year despite the company having a banner year.

    Performance reviews seem to have no correlation whatsoever with performance. Very de-motivational...why work harder when everyone gets the same?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees like you did in the past! The economy is changing and the management mantra "you should be happy to have a job" is no longer valid. Recognize, compensate, and reward your hard workers if you want to continue staying competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bad pay, good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and campus.

    Cons

    Not many perks and pay is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are employees that work harder and produce more results than the rest of the group. Please pay these high acheivers more than those that are NOT producing as much. There are a lot of "dead wood" among employees at this company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A really great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people accomplishing significant breakthroughs with no politics; highly ethical. Provides an opportunity to work with customers and employees located all over the world. Clearly articulated company strategy along with frank and open communication. Great outdoor sports - skiing, cycling, fishing, etc.

    Cons

    Winters are long, cloudy and rainy (but it rarely snows). Not yet number one in its industry (but continues to gain).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like the way management and employees mix together and communicate openly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work for many years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    This company is lead by an amazing CEO that knows every detail of the business and can talk technical to any crowd. The headquarters in Wilsonville OR is an amazing campus in a nice little town south of Portland. The benefits are on par with most high tech companies. They just switched to unlimited vacation. The company has been profitable for many years. The strategy is to only go after markets that they can be number 1 in or number 2 and growing.

    Cons

    The biggest problems in EDA and Mentor are:
     - Deep discounting. For some reason, Mentor and the leading EDA companies are now in a space where customers do not want to pay for software. Ironically, you cannot design electronics today without these tools. We see 95-99% discounts on big deals. While that can bring in a fat paycheck to the top level of the company, the trickle-down affect to the divisions is that many do not reap any money from the sale. Thus, they miss their targets.
    - Each division is run as a separate business with a P and L. This means that there is very little cooperation between product divisions in a lot of cases. It also can cause the "have" and the "have not" divisions. The haves get rewarded and the have not's struggle. Make sure you know what division is a "have" before taking a job here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appoint "vision" or initiative czars at the top of the company to drive solutions that include all the divisions that need to participate. For example, if the company wants to go after automotive, that encompasses many products in many divisions. Because the businesses are silos, they will never deliver a unified solution without a top level driver.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    High tech, great benefits, brilliant people to work with

    Cons

    Changes within the sales organization, overall electronics market consolidating

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Mentor Graphics is an excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (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
  10.  

    Could not have been better !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (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
  11.  

    10+ years of experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (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

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