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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries, good benefits, professional resources and professional development; opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Lack of encouragement to maintain work/life balance by mid-level managers


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Application Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Work Life balance, Flexi work hours.

    Cons

    No career growth, opinionated people leading teams, Uncertainty due to Siemens acquisition.

  3. "Graphic Designer"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Graphic Designer in Mobile, AL
    Former Contractor - Senior Graphic Designer in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for contract employees.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance and communication from supervisors. Expected the team to compete amongst themselves leading to a feeling of you could be let go at any time.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team and trust their expertise in their job role.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work here, but unfortunately, this place is not a winner."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back culture. Interesting problems.

    Cons

    Run as a bunch of separate businesses. Many products are poor quality and way outdated, and engineers motivated to fix that often encounter heavy "don't fix what works" resistance from management. Of the several groups, there are only a select few which work on competitive products, and if you don't get in those right groups, you will run into heavy politics, and if you are the type who doesn't care for politics, your career will definitely pay the price.


  5. 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.


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good

    Cons

    Average Compensation is not great


  7. 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.

  8. "EDA Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Diversified areas, friendly environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Laid back, sense of urgency often missing

    Advice to Management

    Be open to ideas, fund risky ventures


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some good people. Interesting technology.

    Cons

    Political culture with closed inner circle. New employees are kept outside the inner circle

    Advice to Management

    Examine closely middle management that has been in place for many years


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