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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated February 23, 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 (1)

    "Been going down hill for several years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The campus and employee offices are quite nice. Most employees have private offices, which is very nice and helps a lot when things get noisy. Salaries are competitive, but nothing more. Benefits are not up to par anymore.

    Cons

    In the past, the company had the nickname "the country club" as it was very employee centric, good benefits, nice offices, and a communicative management.

    Practically none of that exists anymore. Vacations were reduced to 2 weeks for all, then 24 days, now it's up to you and your boss. Why? Not because of employee needs but some accounting trick.

    Benefits have fallen to average at best. While management used to be very communicative, it's no so anymore.

    The worst things about Mentor are, one, there is no interest whatsoever in your career, future desires or internal promotions. No one ever asked me (or anyone I know) "what would you like to be doing in 5 years?" Why? Because you are virtually guaranteed that you will be doing the same job year after year. Two, the performance reviews are unrealistic and de-motivating. Most departments distribute "Exceeds expectations" as if they were gold bars. People try hard for a couple of years, then realize it's pointless to work hard as there will be no reward.

    This is all sad, as there are many smart and competent people at Mentor, but the company has no interest in nurturing them.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people or you are going to lose a lot of good ones as the economy continues to improve.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Declining industry"

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    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked there for a long time. Used to be a great place to work. Not so much anymore.

    Cons

    Declining industry and company. Sluggish company.


  3. "AE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Good learning curve, nice people to work with if you choose the team

    Cons

    No Work/Life balance, stress-full atmosphere in sales


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits but has become very corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time off/schedules, onsite gym and private offices, some very smart people

    Cons

    Run by finance/accounting so people are fields on a spreadsheet
    Stale methodologies and technologies
    Old boys club

    Advice to Management

    Time for new leadership starting at the top


  6. "App Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great campus though located far from biggest customers

    Cons

    Manage ran the company like a country club for themselves
    The company lacks strategic identity - what are they - extraction company, pcb company, emulation company...

    Advice to Management

    Give the company a true strategic vision and mission for the next 5-10 years. If the stock price is somewhat a gauge of your success, compare yourself agains Cadence and Synopsys - without the Carl Icahn bump - the company has done nothing .... And with Carl now exiting look what's happening and what that says about your management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "good"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. That's all

    Cons

    No possibilities for growing. Tahat's all

    Advice to Management

    Open opportunities for new employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software for the Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Technical Product Trainer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Product Trainer in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many of Mentor products are Top Rated in the Electronic Design industry.

    Cons

    For the most part developers here need to have understanding in designing hardware. The company products cover two major areas Circuit Board design and Silicon test and mask verification. Down side in the PCB group is that it is primarily in maintenance. The Silicon products for the most part expect Phd researchers.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that anyone that has the time and face of a customer that they should have the training to address any Mentor product issue or short comings. Product trainers especially since the time they have is longer and often more diverse than any product marketing or application manager.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place for engineers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of creative tasks, no micromanaging. Flexible on personal issues (like partial home office).

    Cons

    Really depends on your group. I had bad luck with one specific product owner. Sometimes high workload.

    Advice to Management

    Forget that really bad "ranking the colleagues" yearly performance review method. If the colleagues take it seriously, there would not be a fair and supportive atmosphere. Big luck for the company, that they don't.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Edina, MN
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job of an application engineer is flexible. You are able to do manage your own time with regards to responsibilities. There are some very nice people that work there who will help you out if you can find them. They pay well and you get to travel if you like that sort of thing. They do offer training regarding technologies in order to make yourself more valuable.

    Cons

    Like most sales organization, it's cliquish. Getting on the wrong side of a specific person could doom your chances for advancement. The on-boarding is horrible if you are coming from any industry save another EDA firm. Even then, the process and procedures of Mentor is different than Synopsys and Cadence and you have to learn on the fly. It's a silo'd atmosphere and little to no cooperation between business units.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to fix the on-boarding issue. It's recognized by many people as an issue but management hasn't spent any time fixing that. I didn't attend sales training, the main part of the job, after i've been there a year.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Most good people have left"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy life. Very good work-life balance. Good amenities. Mostly relaxed people.

    Cons

    The company has lost most of its talent through attrition. Now, the left over employees control most of the show. Some try to pressure the new comers with threats and other tricks. The company management is not really interested to promote the good people, and seems content with mediocre results and stays aloof. If it was, it would have started a 360 degree review process and taken other steps. The long timers have created layers of themselves to shield themselves. This creates a very demotivating experience for any new employee. Many of them don't contribute anything.

    The company may be looking to close its US operations completely, and so is not really interested in keeping anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your employees.


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