Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated June 19, 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. Good for some, not for others

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation for the area so long as you're not in California
    Interesting work and exposure to technology
    Generally good work-life balance

    Cons

    You may well find yourself "stuck" in Oregon, beholden to your employer, but falling behind as the years go on
    You can't just walk across the street to find a new job
    Average age in EDA seems like it is continually increasing
    Upward responsibility or management opportunity is rather limited as many people stay with Mentor for decades
    Many products in the portfolio, but few are real money makers, so choose wisely.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the sales channel. EDA gives so much away for so little that it is impacting the ability to attract or retain talent.


  2. Good place to grow up

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Verification Consultant in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Verification Consultant in Wilsonville, OR

    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

    Good benefits.
    Good work life balance.
    Good management.
    Good environment to present your skills.

    Cons

    Long management hairarachy.
    Management with legacy Routine.


  3. Mentor Graphics Review

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good top level management.

    Layoffs are used as a last resort instead of their first resort.

    Cons

    At least our department was understaffed without enough developers to get the job done as effectively as I would have liked.

    The FTO policy is now on a basis of whatever the manager works out with his team members. I think that is ripe for abuse (though my manager did not cause any problems for me personally).

    Pay and incentive bonuses were quite good.

    Advice to Management

    Change back the FTO policy.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    overall very good

    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than a year)

    Pros

    freedom, friendly atmosphere and descent benefits. Traditional culture of the company has high level of integrity with good work-life balance.

    Cons

    company tolerates new acquired outside leaders to erode its culture and success formulae


  6. Helpful (2)

    Mentor Graphics - a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 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

    The pay and benefits are good. Company culture is relaxed.

    Cons

    Depends on how you look at this - no real room for upward movement in your career because people come to work at Mentor and never leave!!!


  7. Summer internship

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics

    Pros

    Great work environment. Worked on real problem using Mentor Graphics software and the team was absolutely incredible. Definitely encouraged me to continue to pursue engineering

    Cons

    There is nothing I would not recommend about this experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. Ok if you're looking to ride out the remaining days of you career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, on-site amenities, people

    Cons

    Lack of formal leadership / management. Company tends to manage the financials vs. people

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources towards training management on "mentor"ing employees. People are most often motivated by fear vs accolades


  9. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep doing what your doing !


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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Bad pay, good people

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    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)

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and campus.

    Cons

    Not many perks and pay is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    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.



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