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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated 16 Nov 2019

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4.1
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Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines
Wally Rhines
461 Ratings
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  • "Career path takes time to achieve higher position(in 28 reviews)

  • "Very limited career growth oppurtunity(in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Social Media Coordinator in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Mentor has been great. My co workers are friendly and always willing to help. The job is flexible and the pay is good.

    Cons

    Nothing I really enjoy working here.

    Mentor Graphics2019-05-30
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Supportive teams.

    Cons

    No stocks Good compensation only for Sales employees

    Mentor Graphics2019-07-29
  3. "Working at Mentor"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, nice facilities, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    401k matching, benefits keep getting reduced, limited growth potential, use of older technologies

    Mentor Graphics2019-11-17
  4. "Senior application developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work culture. Lot of opportunities to learn and grow new skillsets

    Cons

    Getting promoted is challenging as the attrition rate is low

    Mentor Graphics2019-10-25
  5. "A look to the past"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great campus and cafe for lunches, the work life balance is great, and the technology you work on is interesting with a large breadth

    Cons

    Very adverse to change, a lot of the tools are dated and need to be overhauled, a lot of technical debt circles each team

    Mentor Graphics2019-10-17
  6. Helpful (2)

    "no career path"

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    Current Employee - IC Design Consultant 

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good environment good environment

    Cons

    no career path no career path

    Advice to Management

    be more professional

    Mentor Graphics2019-10-10
  7. "Incompetent Workplace Environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about EDA tools Work-life balance is great if you like slow paced environment

    Cons

    Manipulative or rather Orwellian management style (details @ workplacementorsiemens.home.blog) Incompetent HR arbitration where trust-worthless person take life-changing decisions. Few learning opportunities outside EDA domain due to 'stay in your lane dude' policies.

    Advice to Management

    In order to attract top talents, management need to understands that outgoing communication, outreach, honesty are key for health workplace. Orwell did not write his novel in order to become corporate policy!

    Mentor Graphics2019-08-23
  8. "Which division you are in matters a lot"

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    Former Employee - IP Design Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Decent pay • Good benefits • Strongly encouraged to watch the state of the industry

    Cons

    • Bonuses have a lot to do with internal politics. • In recent years, went from a stellar vacation policy to "unlimited", which, in practice, means "depends on your manager". Personally, I got a LOT fewer days. • Found it rough working for a hardware team that was in a division made of software teams. The costs of fabrication and testing make higher managers' eyes bulge out.

    Advice to Management

    As the semiconductor industry matures, taking care of your people will make ever more difference. Avoid missteps on this front.

    Mentor Graphics2019-06-09
  9. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Intern 

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people and flexible hours

    Cons

    There were no real cons

    Mentor Graphics2019-05-23
  10. "Horrible, Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice campus (in Wilsonville, OR)

    Cons

    In the EDA industry, Mentor Graphics is last place, and has been for ~30 years. Thus, it is a natural dumping ground for managers from Synopsys and Cadence (the other two big players in the industry), which leads to a very manager-oriented, top-heavy organization with a lot of politics. Furthermore, there is a culture of suppression at Mentor Graphics, so don't expect to get promoted very fast. And unless you start... out as a manager, you will *not* get a chance to enter that track. All the junior managers are basically managing upwards; that is, you feel like you are doing a lot of work just so your manager can look good and can climb the corporate ladder. Because of this, down at the engineering level, no one wants to do any work (i.e. they only do the minimum required), so it's hard to get help or cooperation when needed. Lots of complaining and shirking of responsibilities instead of collaborating and getting things done. Don't expect to be a part of a healthy team here - it's every person for themselves.

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    Advice to Management

    Start promoting from within. Let people feel like they have ownership and pride in their work and that it matters. There's a lot of dead weight in the management ranks, which probably needs to be culled by about 50%. In my 8 years working at Mentor Graphics (across two different business units), I never saw a manager get let go.

    Mentor Graphics2019-06-04
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