Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Strong executive leaders, great culture

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

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Great company. Welcoming, casual and diverse work place.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Probably above average company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Leverage off the strengths of other groups.


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  5. Good top management, lower management has policitics.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Finding knowledgeable and good lieutnants is hard.


  6. Great colleagues... crappy upper management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get your acts together.


  7. Huge company

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

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    The best place I've worked.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility and the culture is respectful of everyone in every capacity.

    Cons

    Minimal structure, career advancement. Limited travel.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management and product mix. Established player in EDA field. Stable company and decent culture. Strong products and loyal customers. Good sales force and sales methodology.

    Cons

    EDA is a mature industry. Not really fast growing compared to other areas, like internet cloud. Some past tensions and culture clashes between acquired companies and products vs. original Mentorites. But most have been assimilated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. Tool need integrate with user

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic

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

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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