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Updated May 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. Featured Review

    "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Wilsonville, OR
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    great culture in the company

    Cons

    engineeing peers tend to be inward, thought that's common in many engineering environments.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stable company, lots of opportunities to plan your own work."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
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    Pros

    Stable company, lots of opportunities to investigate new projects and plan your own work.
    Communication between product teams is minimal, but is very good within a team. Most people have an open door and are willing to help when you ask questions. However, not but much of the procedures or code is documented so you have to go talk to people to pry out the 'tribal knowledge' to find out how things work.

    Great campus and it's really nice to have your own office. Time off and working from home is quite common and you can actually get away for the weekends.

    Cons

    Some teams are much more political then others. Senior management tends to hire more senior people to do more managing which doesn't leave too many people to do the actual work. New college grads are rarely hired.
    EDA tools are based on some pretty old software methodologies so any software knowledge learned isn't very transferable to the real world.
    Processes to control quality and to well document and test new features seem to get thrown out the window by marketing when we reach the end of the release window.
    Salary is slightly slower than average, but benefits are great and it's a stable environment to work in. Many people have been here for 15+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger people


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A fantastic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Portland, OR
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    Pros

    I was fortunate to work on a leading technology and contribute ideas without much opposition. The management and culture was very open where I worked most of my time there. Some divisions are more ordered and regimented, luckily mine was more like a mature but still nimble start-up. The headquarters is in Portland, Oregon not Silicon Valley which meant a higher quality of life, lower cost of living (offsets lower pay than California, where it's all the opposite!). It's a dynamic and hip young city that was a joy to live in (and becoming the west coast's music city, a la Austin, TX). I was able to live downtown with a quick and easy freeway commute, about the only time that I really needed my car other than going to the airport (where long term parking is among the cheapest).

    Cons

    I worked at the headquarters and heard little negative stuff there. What little I did hear, tended to come from small branch offices that were mostly sales and support.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to align the goals of your technology initiatives when they overlap or even conflict between divisions.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
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    Pros

    Senior Management gives you enough space and you are empowered to make a difference. This of course comes with a huge responsibility for the individual and the need to be able to deal with a rather ambiguous environment. Joining Mentor has been one of the best decisions in my career.

    Cons

    Not a place for people that need constant hand holding and micro-management.


  6. "Very nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
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    Pros

    Good benefits, pay and co-workers. Campus is beautiful with wildlife and water features. Good recycling programs and care for environment. Individual offices instead of cubicles. Refreshments provided in most departments. Very nice gym and workout room. On site child care center with excellent staffing.

    Cons

    Location is far south of Portland. Very difficult to get non-automotive transportation.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot from the job since they hire very smart employees. Every employee gets his own room with pretty powerful workstation. 24 vacation days per year is fabulous. Work life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bad legacy code in the project i worked in which crippled development of new features.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate important information to employees more proactively.
    Need better co-operation between different groups.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Consider yourself lucky if you work here"

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and cooperative. A great campus with on-site cafeteria, gym, basketball court, library, and child care facility. Private offices for everyone, generous vacation time, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Layoffs happen frequently and are usually handled poorly - everyone finds out through the grapevine but management pretends nothing happened.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best in Oregon"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Applications Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Corporate Applications Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a large company in Oregon Mentor provides a lot of opportunity.

    Cons

    Quarterly Revenue targets can get in the way of strategic planning

    Advice to Management

    You got a good thing going. Don't mess it up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "MGC review"

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

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

    Pros

    good company, love working here

    Cons

    nothing that I can complain


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Verty family oriented, teamwork is part of the culture, very laid back and fun. Non stressful in a productive environment. They keep their employees happy. That's why people don't leave. It's very hard to find these days.

    Cons

    Really stinks to look up from my desk out onto the green, tree filled beautifl campus. Could I get a cubicle please. :)


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