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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • A great place to work, good work life balance (in 93 reviews)

  • Good work environment - not all the time (in 73 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good skilled employees.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    No vacation policy anymore. So most people end up working long time with no vacation. Due to this many frustrated employee.
    Due to the revenue downgrades there are lot of politics and things are getting ugly.
    Not a happy work place that it used to be
    As many have mentioned, there is no career growth unless you are highly political. Mostly I will be a software engineer here forever.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get handle on the politics before it destroys the company. Build career paths for employees.


  2. "Stuck in the past, who needs customers?"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to act autonomously and quickly

    Cons

    Old technology. Out of touch with customer. Milking the cow.

    Advice to Management

    You need fresh new development objectives. Your customers have great ideas. Listen to customer.

  3. "Bad pay, good people"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 5 years)

    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Ok benefits and work in a company going nowhere"

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits and salary and working conditions.

    Cons

    The whole industry is going nowhere. Upper management more interested in protecting themselves than making the hard choices they're paid for. They talk a good game, but the results of the business tell a different story. No opportunities to advance and little opportunity to even move around in the company to keep things fresh.

    Advice to Management

    Wally and Greg know that they should merge the company with Cadence or Synopsys, they just don't want to lose their jobs so they don't. Wally's been CEO for 20 years with nothing really to show for it.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stifling - too many "stayers" at this company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mentor provides a generous work environment, great pay and benefits. The job accommodates a healthy life outside work. Our group volunteers time to food banks and other good causes - a nice gesture.

    Cons

    Bloated organization, complacent business culture, management is full of bluster. Many employees here are "stayers" whose goal is navigating the politics necessary to reach retirement. Many people work unproductive jobs and take advantage of a generous corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    You're lucky Carl Icahn has grown passive in his old age.


  6. "Embedded division dying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    good pay for Mobile area

    Cons

    too many to list. New GM is a hachet man, has run off most of the folks that built the division. Ones he brought in have left. Too late getting into Linux and Android, ignored the customer base that built the company, best people leaving in droves. Haven't hit sales quota in forever. Only Mentor's stupidity to keep pumping cash into this failed endeavor keeps the doors open. You'd find better morale in Hell.

    Advice to Management

    Change for the sake of change was stupid. I guess you know that now.


  7. "If you're below management level, be prepared to have no control"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance
    Decent wage
    There is really nothing else that can be considered a "Pro" to working for this organization.

    Cons

    Poor management
    Poor communication
    Too political
    Frequent layoffs, no notification
    Unless you're in corporate, no benefits to working there
    Too bureaucratic to be functional
    Disparate systems, logins and PW to get into about 15 different sites
    Unqualified IT
    Top-heavy
    Healthcare is awful
    Travel policy
    Everyone at corporate has an office but in the field you have to meet certain qualifications
    Self-admitted old-boy network

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your GMs and Middle Management. Too political to get things done. Especially SDD, EMA and Webops.

  8. "Lots of challenges, a lot of great people but poor HR so I can not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance
    encourages training
    internship program
    beautiful facilities
    individual offices - little or no cubicles
    fast paced enviornment
    diverse work enviornment
    good compensation

    Cons

    lack of employee advocacy through out HR team. All HR issues are left to managers and HR only called in for termination and documentation of disciplinary actions.
    constant changing of strategy within HR team

    Advice to Management

    Your employees do not feel that there is an internal resource to assist them when situations arise. HR should not simply protect the company but successful HR teams can also foster a secure and open door policy through out their divisions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Be Ware!! Mismanaged company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance. Used to have 24 days of FTO which are now cut down to a maximum of 10 but still accrues at a rate of 24 days per year.

    Cons

    - Very political environment.
    - Rare opportunities for career growth.
    - Mismanaged company with clueless middle managers (most of those with a Director title).
    - Same work every day for 5+ years is really boring!
    - HR has almost no role in the company. You only see them during an interview and an exit interview and pretty much nothing in between!

    Advice to Management

    This is not one company but a collection of divisions with different work culture and practices under one big umbrella. I don't see any corporate culture that is common across divisions.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A retirement company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance
    not too much pressure

    Cons

    no promotion opportunity
    nothing new, it is same pace and same work.
    average working culture.
    inaccurate performance review
    your boss is your god. no escape.
    Very minimal HR role

    Advice to Management

    This is low energy company. Even if one wants to do some thing new, he is not encouraged ( even though caliber ( biggest mentor product) came from such effort), No one puts pressure on you but at the same time no one ask question to under performer as well. If i call bonus as bogus, it is not inappropriate.

    This is not one company but group of difference divisions with different work culture and practices under one big umbrella.


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