Mentor Graphics Reviews in Wilsonville, OR

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
268 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Keen on employees' interests and work/life balance "most of the time" (in 38 reviews)

  • Good work environment for hard working engineers (in 40 reviews)


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

  • Career path is not well defined (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good work/life balance, not good industry

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time for 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
  2.  

    Probably above average company

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Good top management, lower management has policitics.

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    • 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best place I've worked.

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    • 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 for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    I got to work supporting a lot of developers who were the world experts in their specialized area.

    Cons

    Nothing about the corporate culture at Mentor prepared me for my next job in the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote cross-fertilization at the technical worker-bee level, like you do at the technically elite level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company to work at.

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Employee oriented work environment. No micro-management. Can work on what you want with little manager input.

    Cons

    Career path is kind of fixed. Hard to get internal promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees's desire to move up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great team in Corporate Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Mentor Graphics as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, nice location, beautiful campus, decent compensation

    Cons

    just that contract work ends.

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

    Career dead end

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, good salary, professional peers. The individual offices vs. cubicles in Wilsonville is also great...when things get noisy I can close my door and continue working.

    Cons

    Absolute career dead end; there is no career advancement policy, nor do any managers discuss it. It's not a part of your review.

    Performance reviews are a joke. Lately managers have been saying "just put the same self evaluation as last year and change the date." Not just my manager, but many people I've talked to. Extremely de-motivating to bust your tail and get the same 3% raise as the slacker next door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you did the employee survey several years ago, the number one issue was absence of career planning. NOTHING has been done to change that. Unfortunate as this would drive Mentor to the next level of success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, encouraging but the job is not for MS engineers

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    Current Employee - Corporate Marketing Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Corporate Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    exciting training opportunities, good management, less work pressure and stress, lots of exposure to the company, young team, entry level job so not that difficult, suited more for fresh undergraduate students, growth opportunities within the company

    Cons

    more of a marketing job, no technical work at all, more of a telemarketer job, can be monotonous, need to meet daily phone call requirements, more people skills required than an average engineering job, no design work at all, takes 2 years to move out to a new position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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