Mentor Graphics

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Mentor Graphics Reviews in Wilsonville, OR

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
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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 39 reviews)


Cons
  • No much opportunities for career growth (in 13 reviews)

  • Career path is not well defined (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit thrives in this company. If you have a good idea let it be known and reap the rewards.
    Beautiful headquarters campus, leading edge tools and systems. Excellent vacation/personal time benefits. Freedom to work at home several days per week.

    Cons

    The company has grown and as sales top $1 billion the perks are drying up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Friendly people, great atmosphere. Zero advancement possibility, tiny raises

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

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

    Pros

    Mentor has so many friendly people, right up to the top. Another thing that impresses me is how virtually everyone is a self starter, has great work ethics, and is a pleasure to work with. Bonuses are nice.

    Cons

    There is no advancement possibility at Mentor. Management makes no effort to change this, despite it being the number one "con" in the last employee survey.

    The treatment of employees has been on a steady decline for about five years. Raises are tiny...average was 2.5% this year despite the company having a banner year.

    Performance reviews seem to have no correlation whatsoever with performance. Very de-motivational...why work harder when everyone gets the same?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees like you did in the past! The economy is changing and the management mantra "you should be happy to have a job" is no longer valid. Recognize, compensate, and reward your hard workers if you want to continue staying competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad pay, good people

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and campus.

    Cons

    Not many perks and pay is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are employees that work harder and produce more results than the rest of the group. Please pay these high acheivers more than those that are NOT producing as much. There are a lot of "dead wood" among employees at this company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to work for many years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    This company is lead by an amazing CEO that knows every detail of the business and can talk technical to any crowd. The headquarters in Wilsonville OR is an amazing campus in a nice little town south of Portland. The benefits are on par with most high tech companies. They just switched to unlimited vacation. The company has been profitable for many years. The strategy is to only go after markets that they can be number 1 in or number 2 and growing.

    Cons

    The biggest problems in EDA and Mentor are:
     - Deep discounting. For some reason, Mentor and the leading EDA companies are now in a space where customers do not want to pay for software. Ironically, you cannot design electronics today without these tools. We see 95-99% discounts on big deals. While that can bring in a fat paycheck to the top level of the company, the trickle-down affect to the divisions is that many do not reap any money from the sale. Thus, they miss their targets.
    - Each division is run as a separate business with a P and L. This means that there is very little cooperation between product divisions in a lot of cases. It also can cause the "have" and the "have not" divisions. The haves get rewarded and the have not's struggle. Make sure you know what division is a "have" before taking a job here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appoint "vision" or initiative czars at the top of the company to drive solutions that include all the divisions that need to participate. For example, if the company wants to go after automotive, that encompasses many products in many divisions. Because the businesses are silos, they will never deliver a unified solution without a top level driver.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A really great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people accomplishing significant breakthroughs with no politics; highly ethical. Provides an opportunity to work with customers and employees located all over the world. Clearly articulated company strategy along with frank and open communication. Great outdoor sports - skiing, cycling, fishing, etc.

    Cons

    Winters are long, cloudy and rainy (but it rarely snows). Not yet number one in its industry (but continues to gain).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like the way management and employees mix together and communicate openly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work/life balance, not good industry

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone has an office
    25 days vacation starting day one
    Good onsite gym
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    EDA is not growing, rain might be a concern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore other areas for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Probably above average company

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Leverage off the strengths of other groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good top management, lower management has policitics.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Finding knowledgeable and good lieutnants is hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best place I've worked.

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Minimal structure, career advancement. Limited travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic

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

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