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Mentor Graphics Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • A great place to work, good work life balance (in 91 reviews)

  • Very well organized work environment (in 69 reviews)

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

  • Career growth ladder is minimal (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "They can take care of you, but..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    They take good care of you. Personal offices are common. Campus facilities are good, and the management doesn't inflict unnecessary stress.

    Cons

    The culture doesn't take software engineering very seriously. Most engineers are domain experts rather than software experts, so there's a serious lack of software engineering skill, and it shows. On top of that, two teams in the same hallway might compete against each other for the same market space, and jealously guard their code. Expect to see a number of forked code bases that are run into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Take software engineering more seriously, and kill the destructive competition between people who should be working together.


  2. "AE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Challenging and Interesting job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time

    Pros

    Work is very challenging and interesting. Great place to work.

    Cons

    No issues with the employer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. And thanks for taking good care of employees.


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  5. "Good place for stable working enviroment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very stable company, good remuneration package, pleasant working conditions

    Cons

    Limited progression available, very silo based teams


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Sales in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Beautiful corporate campus with abundant amenities. Supportive management truly invested in the success of their employees. GREAT benefits, and the cafeteria is committed to a sustainability initiative and often have local/organic/vegan/vegetarian options available.

    Cons

    Employees love it here so much, that most do not leave until they retire! So, the opportunity for advancement or lateral transfers may be lower than other large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You're respected and admired among your peers, and we appreciate the commitment to your employees and the industry.


  7. "Good opportunities for sales reps"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mentor Graphics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large product line of complementary products to support the entire design automation process. Solid company with a good business ethic and quality products.

    Cons

    As in all growing companies the sales territories keep getting smaller so each year gets a little tougher to blow away your numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work....


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits but has become very corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Visibility for R&D, work-life balance, casual work environment

    Cons

    Not challenging environment, complacency can set in, more investment offshore

    Advice to Management

    Hire new employees in US


  10. Helpful (1)

    "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  11. "App Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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