Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Mentor Graphics Chairman and CEO Wally Rhines
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Pros
  • Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time" (in 39 reviews)

  • Employee oriented work environment (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • No career growth paths that I've seen anywhere (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Change Management woes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and Salary, Leader in EDA Technology, Nice campus at the headquarters. Daycare on site. Friendly co workers and culture.

    Cons

    Mid Management and leadership never changes. Replacing older experienced workers with less expensive inexperienced younger people. Lack of on boarding for new employees. Lack of retraining for existing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Executive: Try to be sensitive to the people that will remain after you go when hiring new management. Younger does not mean better. They need mentoring and training. Keep in mind that Mentor makes and sells software that is highly technical to highly technical people who need high touch support for the specialized products you sell them so they can design all the fantastic product we all enjoy. Probably not a great candidate for SaaS. Be a leader and not a follower.


  2. Mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Nice people to work with. Good possibility of growth depending on the division. Interesting jobs. Nice growth of the stock.

    Cons

    Some managers do not really share what is going on. Too much politics and favoritism in some groups. Decisions made with short term in view.

    Advice to Management

    Consider all impact from changes before making decisions. Look at what would be best for the company rather than to try to copy other companies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Shipping quite a bit of jobs outside the country

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Test Engineer in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Test Engineer in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits Great office space Flexible hours

    Cons

    Most of the people I work with are either in Pakistan, Egypt or India. Unable to focus on big projects to improve the overall process and advance in the company due the constant changing and bad planning from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Need better planing and staffing


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  5. Ok job.

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Belgium, WI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Belgium, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work and collaborate with. Interesting projects and products. Freedom to explore possibilities and alternative aspects in a proposed solution.

    Cons

    Seldom given recognition for delivering exceptional work. Often receive positive feedback from others managers than my own. Manager often unparpared for 1:1, and has little to no interest in projects I work on. 'Excels' rating by 360 report leads to little compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the people who are making an impact.


  6. I am always doing my best to satisfy external customers and internal customers as well as myself.

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy flexible and Innovative working style in Mentor Graphics.

    Cons

    There are some communication issue when global cooperation and teamwork involved, due to the not so clear of the who shall be responsible for what.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to encourage your team members and do your utmost to take care of them.


  7. Little Advancement Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great groups of people to work with and relatively stable environment. Mid-managers value opinions, but be prepared to spend a lot of over-time if you want to pursue challenging projects to demostrate growth.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for advancement and kudos are given to individuals that are adept at "peacocking" their achievements. Positions that do become available are often filled without being legitimately open for recruitment. This promotes an environment of an "old boys" club as hiring and promotion practices are not transparent and based on obscure criteria.


  8. Ok if you're looking to ride out the remaining days of you career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, on-site amenities, people

    Cons

    Lack of formal leadership / management. Company tends to manage the financials vs. people

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources towards training management on "mentor"ing employees. People are most often motivated by fear vs accolades


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

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Huge company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (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 Management

    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.


  11. Tool need integrate with user

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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