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Updated April 10, 2017
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Pros
  • A great place to work, good work life balance (in 91 reviews)

  • Very well organized work environment (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • Career path is potentially limited (in 23 reviews)

  • Career growth ladder is minimal (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Retirement Home"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have five years or less left until retirement, Mentor Graphics is the perfect place to retire in place before you really retire. The campus is very nice and most employees enjoy a private office. While not as outstanding as it once was, the compensation is still pretty competitive. If you live in southwest Washington County, the commute is nice.

    Cons

    The scars of the Late-Dot-Oh Falcon framework hamstring the company. The risk aversion has grown into a phobia of change. The oldest possible version is used, including an in-house build system that, while clever twenty-five years ago, solves a problem that no longer exists. Most managers would rather fail than make the wrong decision, leading them to attend meetings and collect a paycheck but do very little else. Their emphasis on retention seems to have selected those who have given up, not those who get things done.

    Advice to Management

    All management needs to choose to actively manage their direct reports. Abandon the "battling business units" philosophy of leaving every group to its own devices and directly manage what happens in their organization. Adopt a bias for action rather than inaction. Reward smart risk-taking. Foster innovation within the company instead of trying to acquire it via M&A.


  2. "Engineering Manage"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was ok and provided flexible working hours

    Cons

    A lot of politics in management. If you aren't on the right side of this, growth opportunities are limited. Pushes the boundaries of ethics on hiring and release policies.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management seems more concerned about self-preservation than they are about the overall success of the company and it's employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid the Novi Office"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation policy is good but you never get a chance to use them.

    Cons

    Avoid the Novi office team.

    Advice to Management

    Add new management to Novi office.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Try your luck, so management are very good and some very bad. If your group REORG a lot, you are in that bad luck place"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company if you report to right division , try your luck , some management know how to grow with the team, try avoiding division which keep REORG and under performing!

    Cons

    Some division management uses very bad way to motivate workers to perform, some group REORG like very quarter so workers to put constant pressure on worker on new task! Once worker are drained, they will kick them out with pip package

    Advice to Management

    To the Try to train middle management , don't just uses new hired worker like oem factory workerS so middle manager can get promoted after draining worker like a non-rechargeable battery


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Politics, Politics"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good amount of vacation (although they reduced it)
    nice facilities
    everyone has an office
    good benefits
    pay is probably better than it should be for most people there
    bonuses can be good, but the process of determining them is usually "gamed" and you never have a clue what is going to happen.

    Cons

    tons of office politics
    middle managers abuse their power
    difficult to move around within the company
    underskilled workers who are full of themselves, and overly impressed by their own abilities

    I worked at Mentor for quite a few years, but in the last few years, things suddenly got a lot worse. The amount of office politics is just staggering, and completely shut off the ability to get work done and create products. It was all about middle management and building their little castles, and who liked whom, and who got credit for what, and whose idea things were, blah blah blah. At the end, we had managers telling others not to talk to various people on the team, belittling, insulting, and cussing out people in meetings, completely throwing out the peer review process, and doing reviews based on what they alone "thought about the person" (i.e., whether the person brown-nosed enough) etc. It's just an absolute madhouse there, I've never encountered anything quite like it (thank goodness) in my professional life.

    Advice to Management

    You guys need to hold your middle management accountable and quash all the office politics. You'd be surprised how many people you have there whose only interest is in self-promotion, not the company.


  7. "My department was run like a BBQ with people in my mediocre manager's "friends & family" package on the inside."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Corp Marketing Analyst in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Corp Marketing Analyst in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work- life balance, great campus. Mentor has many talented engineers. The corp marketing dept is woefully backward.

    Cons

    The environment in my dept was like stepping back into time where small town Oregonians with little education/work credentials ran my dept as their personal fiefdom. They wasted tons of money and had no idea of professional standards and how to handle diversity (in my dept. not in the entire company.) They were also hopelessly out of date in marketing.

    Advice to Management

    You can do better.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to retire"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff, Advanced Research Technology in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff, Advanced Research Technology in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a great place to work if you want an easy life. You dont have to work hard, your product does not have to succeed.
    They'll keep the project alive forever.

    They have a great lifestyle company.. DOnt work hard, you will get 1-5% raises each year, and 10% if you do show up.. BUt you will piss off the others, cause you will be considered a show off

    Cons

    Its boring work. They dont want to win. There is no equity play, since their stock has been absolutely flat and declining over the last 20 years.

    Besides calibre, they have no tehcnology leadership. Their PCB group is simply a gorilla by acquistion, but not via technology innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Start laying off the dead weight. MOve the stock SOMEWHERE..


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not good Maternity leave benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Health plan benefits are good.

    Cons

    Not very good maternity leave benefits for new moms. When other companies in Oregon are setting new standards including Intel and Nike, Mentor continues to have just 6 weeks for paid maternity leave.

    Advice to Management

    Becoming a new parent is a huge undertaking, and for parents who are forced to take unpaid family leave, the situation becomes infinitely more challenging.

    Wish the management gave more importance to maternity leave.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and great technical resources

    Cons

    Senior management targets are not aligned with those on the ground. No one makes their individual target from an AM standpoint and yet the division GM makes his?!?

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Support (now called Global Support and Services)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Company respects the tenure of their employees. Unlimited vacation policy provides opportunity for a great work/life balance. Our products seem mostly respected by customers, although one product line is considered the "darling" and everything else is treated as second-class (we get much more in bonuses than everyone else).

    Cons

    The company is Finance focused. The president is also the CFO, H/R exec came from finance, the leader of Support came from finance. At many meetings the focus is only on the numbers, never the people. I don't know many co-workers who are happy working here, but are stuck because they're too afraid to change.

    Advice to Management

    You need a serious culture change. Putting in place young, in-experienced senior leaders seems like desperate succession planning. Ask the employees what they think, you'll be very surprised, and will have an indication of the disaster you're headed for.


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