Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated June 24, 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. Account manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    One of largest EDA company. Flexible working schedule, have a good work life balance. Great reputation in the semiconductor industries.

    Cons

    Marketing department needs to improve, old school method can't catch the changes of the market, two large competitors did better job so far.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new employees with fresh knowledge, and watch your competitors more closely in the whole, not just products level.


  2. Helpful (1)

    The work atmosphere is great

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Provides lot of opportunities to perform different jobs. Also the company has a great vacation package.

    Cons

    The promotions are hard to come and the san jose location is not the head quarters.

    Advice to Management

    Be aggresive


  3. Great colleagues... crappy upper management

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    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


  6. Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment, culture, company future

    Cons

    EDA industry, professional challenges, middle management


  7. Helpful (1)

    Technical Marketing, product spec, solving customer demand.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Stable job, great benefits. Good working environment and people in the team. Great sale force

    Cons

    Average to worse R&D.. Stagnate salary, small raise no room to grow, no new opportunities. Somewhat lazy working environment, Technology moving slowly and not listening to customer demand and hang on to old style of code writing. Unwilling to change and cooperate to other product lines within the same company to keep on the competitive edge.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more aggressive on R&D in Wilsonville who thinks they are god and can do anything such as ignoring customers not fixing bugs and not working on new product.


  8. Helpful (1)

    good place that could be more

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Experience will depend on division

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for cutting edge R&D
    Good salaries

    Cons

    Bad division = bad experience
    Poor career development

    Advice to Management

    Leadership across divisions should be consistent


  10. good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    not micro-managed
    decent pay and benefits
    sr. management genuinely has employees interests in mind
    nice campus in Wilsonville; nice facility in San Jose

    Cons

    can be political (isn't that true everywhere?)
    company is not on a strong growth path. Employee growth suffers as a result. Stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    take risks, move into new markets, grow the company. How can you fit into the "new economy"?
    consider better stock options and incentive plans for non-sales employees


  11. Helpful (3)

    A retirement company

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance
    not too much pressure

    Cons

    no promotion opportunity
    nothing new, it is same pace and same work.
    average working culture.
    inaccurate performance review
    your boss is your god. no escape.
    Very minimal HR role

    Advice to Management

    This is low energy company. Even if one wants to do some thing new, he is not encouraged ( even though caliber ( biggest mentor product) came from such effort), No one puts pressure on you but at the same time no one ask question to under performer as well. If i call bonus as bogus, it is not inappropriate.

    This is not one company but group of difference divisions with different work culture and practices under one big umbrella.



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