Mentor Graphics

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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
282 Reviews
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282 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place that could be more

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly a solid company with good products, good benefits, support for the community.

    Cons

    Some arrogance toward the customer, and some arrogance toward other employees from the lead developers in successful groups.
    Very little coordination of products between divisions. Very little core skills in marketing.
    The "country club" rumors are somewhat true, in that some employees are allowed to "cruise", doing very little.
    A poor manager can screw over any employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate the activities to get a better overall result.
    Promote an environment of respect for all employees.
    Empower HR to teach managers how to lead, motivate, review, and develop their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    People stick around at Mentor, good or bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    -Lots of good people in the company, but it will depend on the team.
    -Very flexible work environment. Culture is very relaxed and no one is counting the clock....you're just entrusted to get your job done.

    Cons

    -Not a lot of new blood which means not many new ideas. People stick around for a long time at Mentor....you need a balance of new folks with fresh thoughts and people that have been around while.
    -No career growth paths that I've seen anywhere. People get a job and there is no advancement. Can be very frustrating if you're ambitious.
    -Everything is silo'd into divisions with really no communication across divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for employees to explore career paths outside of their current role. Encourage collaboration between the different product lines and divisions. People want to create amazing/great products and sell them. There is talent in Mentor....enable it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    senior engineer

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    Current Employee - Verification Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Verification Consultant in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Good pay package

    Cons

    No growth oppurtunity. old school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Employee friendly company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    great team to work with
    good work life balance

    Cons

    low career growth opportunities
    poor bonus plans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company - Old School Approach

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Personally, I have had a wonderful experience at Mentor. Working hard and making the right contacts have resulted in job advancement and opportunity (although I hear from others that not everyone is given that opportunity). The campus is beautiful, the benefits are great, and the compensation is good if you make sure to ask for what you are worth. For a person with a family, the work life balance and onsite childcare are absolutely stellar.

    Cons

    It seems from time to time that Mentor is more about security for employees then pressing everyone to perform. It is frustrating to work besides people who are just comfortable and collecting a paycheck - but as long as you can be personally accountable and self satisfied that can be looked past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing in new employees for new thoughts and ideas. I hate to say it but if you look closely at your ranks there are a number of people who could probably benefit from being shaken up a bit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall pretty good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Software Engineering in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - QA Software Engineering in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Of course this depends on your manager and work team but overall I felt Mentor's work environment was great on product development side. It had just the right amount of stress level to keep things interesting and not too much to be overwhelming. I worked with some great coworkers who were committed to delivering quality products and we worked well in an agile environment.
    Pay was fair to good, but had been really lean to non-existent in the last 4-5 years. There is convenient access to top-rated Child Development Center if your kids are young. Great access to the Gym, weight room, classes like yoga, pilates, strength training,etc.

    Cons

    Not a well-defined growth path for QA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was easy. They look for people skills along with technical skills for AE positions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and GOOD work life balance

    Cons

    Scope for long term career growth is minimum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    One of the best places to work in the NW.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RETQA Intern in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - RETQA Intern in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours.
    Great work environment.
    Working for the Calibre group has many wonderful perks, like free drinks and food every week.

    Cons

    Located in Wilsonville, rather than Portland.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Weird organization with a bunch of good old boys' clubs

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    - offices (rather than cubes)
    - the work environment is not at all stressful.
    - Decent benefits (although it is likely better in other tech companies)

    Cons

    -no career growth path
    - salaries are stagnant and bonuses non-existent
    - diminishing benefits (such as time off has been slashed to 2 weeks accrual NOT 24 days as advertised).
    - No encouragement for fresh ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Encourage new ideas for business and streamlined processes.
    - Hold the management (including yourselves) accountable when business isn't good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    friendly employees and place of work

    Cons

    wall between management and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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