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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has liberal culture, generous benefits, not-so-deep management hierarchy, decent employee training programs, company events, volunteer programs etc.

    Cons

    As a mid-size company (~5000 employees), some employees relax as much as possible and that makes the company less attractive to hard-working and ambitious people

    Advice to Management

    Don't have too much to say about besides what has been mentioned in pros and cons. The company may need to recruit some middle-level management teams that focus on vision into the future.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall job evaluation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture and benefits

    Cons

    Limited growth prospects and opportunities

  3. "Account manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of largest EDA company. Flexible working schedule, have a good work life balance. Great reputation in the semiconductor industries.

    Cons

    Marketing department needs to improve, old school method can't catch the changes of the market, two large competitors did better job so far.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new employees with fresh knowledge, and watch your competitors more closely in the whole, not just products level.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The work atmosphere is great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides lot of opportunities to perform different jobs. Also the company has a great vacation package.

    Cons

    The promotions are hard to come and the san jose location is not the head quarters.

    Advice to Management

    Be aggresive


  5. "Great colleagues... crappy upper management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work and life balance. Great colleagues. Family atmosphere

    Cons

    Moved to Fremont. Shoddy upper management. Doing better now but still believe in pet projects.

    Advice to Management

    Get your acts together.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management and product mix. Established player in EDA field. Stable company and decent culture. Strong products and loyal customers. Good sales force and sales methodology.

    Cons

    EDA is a mature industry. Not really fast growing compared to other areas, like internet cloud. Some past tensions and culture clashes between acquired companies and products vs. original Mentorites. But most have been assimilated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mentor Graphics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work environment, culture, company future

    Cons

    EDA industry, professional challenges, middle management

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Marketing, product spec, solving customer demand."

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable job, great benefits. Good working environment and people in the team. Great sale force

    Cons

    Average to worse R&D.. Stagnate salary, small raise no room to grow, no new opportunities. Somewhat lazy working environment, Technology moving slowly and not listening to customer demand and hang on to old style of code writing. Unwilling to change and cooperate to other product lines within the same company to keep on the competitive edge.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more aggressive on R&D in Wilsonville who thinks they are god and can do anything such as ignoring customers not fixing bugs and not working on new product.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good place that could be more"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly a solid company with good products, good benefits, support for the community.

    Cons

    Some arrogance toward the customer, and some arrogance toward other employees from the lead developers in successful groups.
    Very little coordination of products between divisions. Very little core skills in marketing.
    The "country club" rumors are somewhat true, in that some employees are allowed to "cruise", doing very little.
    A poor manager can screw over any employee.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate the activities to get a better overall result.
    Promote an environment of respect for all employees.
    Empower HR to teach managers how to lead, motivate, review, and develop their employees.


  10. "Experience will depend on division"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for cutting edge R&D
    Good salaries

    Cons

    Bad division = bad experience
    Poor career development

    Advice to Management

    Leadership across divisions should be consistent


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