Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
254 Reviews

3.9
254 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. 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 for more than a 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Lead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Quality of work, friendly management

    Cons

    Less pay, no life, no fun

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career dead end

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, good salary, professional peers. The individual offices vs. cubicles in Wilsonville is also great...when things get noisy I can close my door and continue working.

    Cons

    Absolute career dead end; there is no career advancement policy, nor do any managers discuss it. It's not a part of your review.

    Performance reviews are a joke. Lately managers have been saying "just put the same self evaluation as last year and change the date." Not just my manager, but many people I've talked to. Extremely de-motivating to bust your tail and get the same 3% raise as the slacker next door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you did the employee survey several years ago, the number one issue was absence of career planning. NOTHING has been done to change that. Unfortunate as this would drive Mentor to the next level of success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Flow QA Intern  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Flow QA Intern in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family Friendly

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

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    Wonderful place to start out a career

    Cons

    Located in the EDA industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, forward looking company

    Cons

    Company appears to be limited by the slow growth of the EDA industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in opportunities in the adjacent markets

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

    Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work hours and great people

    Cons

    Top tier management team has been with the company for 20+years. Very conservative and changes are slow. There is very limited career opportunities and employee training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management team need ps to reach out to other companies in the industry to be In tune with the changing environment. Take a little more risk to take this great company to the next level. Focus on employee training and career planning to provide more opportunities for the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good, encouraging but the job is not for MS engineers

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    Current Employee - Corporate Marketing Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Corporate Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    exciting training opportunities, good management, less work pressure and stress, lots of exposure to the company, young team, entry level job so not that difficult, suited more for fresh undergraduate students, growth opportunities within the company

    Cons

    more of a marketing job, no technical work at all, more of a telemarketer job, can be monotonous, need to meet daily phone call requirements, more people skills required than an average engineering job, no design work at all, takes 2 years to move out to a new position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mentor Graphics provided me an excellent opportunity to develop my skills.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Mentor Graphics' open culture provides excellent opportunities for people to interact with and learn from senior management. Mentor Graphics takes a genuine interest in its employees and is supportive of people who have specific career goals. The company's managers are truly committed to their stated value: "win, ethically".

    Cons

    The Electronic Design Automation industry is mature and growing slowly which limits the rate at which Mentor Graphics' can grow. Mentor Graphics is not the place to go if you are looking for extremely rapid expansion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to make changes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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