Mentor Graphics Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
264 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get your acts together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work environment, culture, company future

    Cons

    EDA industry, professional challenges, middle management

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Marketing, product spec, solving customer demand.

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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

    Pros

    Opportunity for cutting edge R&D
    Good salaries

    Cons

    Bad division = bad experience
    Poor career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership across divisions should be consistent

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    review

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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

    Pros

    Competent and efficient management.
    Good benefits.
    Stock purchase plan.
    Four week of vacation.
    More or less competitive salary.
    Working on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Compensation might be not satisfactory for some.
    Performance review process may be quite subjective and inaccurate.
    in some cases. Annual raises might be quite frugal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    I've been working for Mentor Graphics for many years now. Smart coworkers, great environment, great opportunities for career advancement, great vacation - 24 working days! Overall, a great place to be.

    Cons

    Compensation package is not on par with other companies in the same industry. Stock options are deplorable, bonus is minimal, base salary lags behind other companies', incompentence is tolerated more than I'd like it to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is driving the company in the right direction

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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