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"First 15+ years were great but then Mentor "matured" and the business types took over."

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
Approves of CEO

Pros

The people I worked with cared and kept things going despite screwy decision making by CIO and division GMs
Facilities were very nice.
The work was interesting
You could make a difference for the people you were doing the work for
Compensation was good.

Cons

You had to build your own niche.
Career path was undefined.
You were at the whim of managers a continent or more away who didn't know you or the tasks you performed
Slowly eroding the benefits in the name of "economy"
Non-profit center support personel were never clearly advised how their contribution was compared with the profit center personel.
Had a project d'jour mentality.
HR was a joke. All they did was tend the revolving door.

Advice to Management

A software company is nothing but the people. By firing the older people you destroy the corporate memory and expertise and reduce the effectiveness of all the employees. The CIO needs to do some 'management by walking around' and find out who the people are and what they bring to the corporation,....besides a way for him to play with the latest 'toys' and build up some more 'accomplishments' for his next position. Wouldn't hurt for the CEO to do the same and have the CIO explain the function of the various groups in his domain.

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  1. "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
    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


  2. "Overall it was a professionally rewarding experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Balance of work and family life culture

    Cons

    Headquarter in Oregon is not at the hub of high tech activities

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