Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    I loved the people I worked with and the pride everyone took in their work. The company really cares about their employees.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge was navigating all the process to get something done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your focus on the employees but look to hire more innovative people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    I got to work supporting a lot of developers who were the world experts in their specialized area.

    Cons

    Nothing about the corporate culture at Mentor prepared me for my next job in the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote cross-fertilization at the technical worker-bee level, like you do at the technically elite level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice company to work at.

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Employee oriented work environment. No micro-management. Can work on what you want with little manager input.

    Cons

    Career path is kind of fixed. Hard to get internal promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees's desire to move up the ladder.

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

    It was a good learning experience.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Mentor Graphics as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly, approachable teammates.
    Good support from peers.

    Cons

    Work was very mundane, could have been more challenging.

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Family style workplace

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    Current Intern - Flow QA Intern
    Current Intern - Flow QA Intern

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Deadlines 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    a comfortable place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    For 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    On 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.

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

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. great company to work for, but pay is just ok

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    Former Employee - VLSI Design Engineer in Laguna Hills, CA
    Former Employee - VLSI Design Engineer in Laguna Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people and fixable hour.

    Cons

    pay is ok, and could higher compare to living cost

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 (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

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