Bentley Systems Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall a good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bentley's products solve real world engineering problems. They make quality products.

    Cons

    The company is very process oriented. There are a lot of management layers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough already with the sprucing of the books. If you cut any more compensation you are going to start losing a lot of people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Was a nice place....

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Colleagues, a nice cafeteria and a decent amount of holidays. I like the flexibility of being able to work from home a day or 2 a week.

    Cons

    Broken processes and badly implemented systems make for more work than one should have to do, yet it seems management does not acknowledge this. They also seem to think it is OK to invoice our clients for this extra effort; yet the process is required so that they can get a report. If someone would just do an ROI on what it costs including time spent by the PM’s, they might not want all those reports.

    Micromanagement is prevalent. All hires and even internal moves go through a million channels all the way to the CEO. Travel requests go all the way to senior VP’s, even for a single hotel night. One would think that a PM should be final approver for a project, but not at Bentley. In the same vein folks are not always held accountable for their failures.

    Moral is down due to eroding salaries. Few and small raises are more than offset but benefit reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set objectives and empower the people to decide on how they will make it happen, then hold them accountable. Reward with carrots and stop punishing with sticks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Friendly place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Bentley Systems as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Co-workers are always extremely friendly, willing to help cross-country.
    - Very welcoming and inclusive culture for interns. Yes, you will be working on real products.
    - Forward-thinking company full of talented developers.
    - Senior management is incredibly down-to-earth.

    Cons

    - Not the greatest at marketing products, usability and design (but to be fair, they're working on it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want great interns, keep marketing towards them. Be transparent. Show them (tangibly) all the cool things Bentley makes!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Excellent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Analyst
    Former Employee - Software Quality Analyst

    I worked at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, immense opportunities to work with the latest technology, freedom to try new strategies and approaches, flexible in working from home, no office politics, awesome talented workforce

    Cons

    Not I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and yes, please hire good HR people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Worst marketing organization I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package, flexibility to work from home a huge plus.

    Cons

    There is no trust from upper management to do even the simplest of things. Marketing systems are archaic and hinder progress rather than help. Micro-management is standard practice. Many good people have left and many positions are not being filled, leaving remaining employees to do what they can to keep things going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your approach to growing the company...try investing in marketing instead of spending so much money on acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Like vanilla yogurt; it's just plain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Every changing technology and upper management who likes to stay on the cutting edge of technology.
    -Close knit teams with a good amount of comradely.
    -A lot of off work events and activities you can participate in
    -Close to all major highways, so its not that far of a drive.
    -Wellness and charity events.

    Cons

    -Sales are the only group that actually makes any money. The rest of us "grunts" are underpaid and unappreciated. I would say, on average, the pay is about 15%-20% lower than it should be.
    -Constant change in processes with little thought as too why things are changing.
    -Company policy is not uniform across the company. Each director can make policy according to his or her own beliefs.
    -Old and outdated building(corporate)
    -Too much middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little less greedy with salaries and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company! Amazing Technology!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bentley Software is innovative and crucial to improving Global Infrastructure
    Flexible work schedule
    Multi-cultural environment
    Very optimistic about future - the Company is improving daily

    Cons

    Excessive internal administrative procedures
    Micromanaged in the wrong areas
    Internal Procedures and bureaucracy waste time and money!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower/Trust your Management - cease Micro-management
    Simplify Incentives - focus on compensation keyed to individual performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful

    Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Bentley makes legit software that helps solve real business problems. You can feel good about what you sell.

    - Speaking for sales since that's where my experience is - there's lots of autonomy. You define what you will get done that day and how. So on the flipside there is very little micromanagement - it comes up only occasionally if the team's sales numbers are too low and your manager is getting heat. This comes up maybe 1-2 times a year and lasts about a week or two. The other 50 weeks of the year you are pretty much self-directed.

    - Job security for sales is good at Bentley. Managers tend to be low pressure. You will not have to worry about getting fired because you had a slow quarter (or 2 quarters, or 3 quarters...).

    - Good for work-life balance. Bentley is getting increasingly flexible about working from home and they don't tend to obsess over working rigid 8-5 hours.

    - There are lots of smart, talented, motivated, interesting, good people throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Bentley is an average to good place to work. It could be a great place to work but there are a few things holding it back and they are mostly self-inflicted.

    - If there's one thing Bentley is the undisputed industry leader in, it's change. Way too much change, all the time, seemingly for the sake of itself. They reorg business units, change the names, change the work processes, etc., etc. It takes everyone 6 months just to get used to the changes, but by that time senior mgt can't understand why organic revenue growth hasn't increased by 500% already so they blow it up again. The people all stay the same but the organization is in constant re-org mode and it's not only frustrating but it's a hugely inefficient use of resources. Like driving on the highway in 2nd gear.

    - Bentley is transitioning from a small company to a big company. But the 'old boys' network is still alive and well at Bentley. This is problem for a couple reasons

         1. You will find career advancement difficult. Bentley is trying to talk a good game about implementing things like talent management but for now there is no follow through. There is a talent management system but don't be fooled - it's not used. If you want to advance at Bentley you need to ingratiate yourself to someone in the old boys network. This is particularly difficult to do if you don't work in Exton because you simply won't have access to these people.

         2. SOME of the old boys (and girls) no longer add value to the organization and in some cases add negative value. They're past their prime, or they're lazy, or they're just not very competent. But they are bulletproof and they know it. It can be demoralizing to work alongside and/or for these people.

    - For being a private, for-profit company Bentley is extremely bureaucratic. At times it can make the DMV look downright nimble. You could say the tail wags the dog at Bentley. It's admin first, sales second.

    - Bentley doesn't know how to compensate its salespeople. The overall dollars are OK (understand you are trading top-level comp in exchange for job security and flexibility), but the comp plan changes every single year, it's always ridiculously complicated, and it's administered very poorly. Every single year. Ultimately you will get paid OK, but you will have a few heart attacks and/or temper tantrums throughout the year because the comp plan wasn't communicated correctly or the reporting tool is inaccurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Commit to a go to market strategy for enough time (read: more than 1 year) for it to actually take root and have some effect so it can be properly evaluated and refined. Have confidence in the approach and nurture it; quit blowing it up all the time. The constant change is an unnecessary waste.

    2. Move on from the old boys network. Bentley is increasingly a distributed organization and has a lot of employees management doesn't directly interface with on a daily basis. Bentley needs to implement a proper process for managing and retaining talent and identifying the next generation of leaders. Otherwise Bentley risks losing talent and long -term the organization can't afford it.

    3. Align all business units on the basic goal of working together to generate sustainable revenue. Right now the reality is there are too many people in Bentley that are too nonchalant about slowing business transactions.

    4. Stop thinking of compensating salespeople as a zero-sum game. If you build the plan right you will love paying salespeople a lot because it means they have made the company even more money in the process. Commit to a simple comp plan that reinforces revenue-generating behavior.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Too Much Process, Not Enough Strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very good technical people in the company (including the founder). There is a collaborative atmosphere in smaller groups that want to make (and sell) great software.

    The company wants to be a good employer and corporate citizen, so it makes some efforts in that direction.

    Cons

    There is a lot of deadwood in upper management. These people have their jobs due to longevity (as the company has grown), and due to being risk averse and politically astute (yes-men rule!). The deadwood's influences permeate the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a company strategy. Acquiring infrastructure-related companies is not a strategy (it could be part of an implementation of a strategy...if the company had one).

    Cut back the processes (severely). Don't substitute process for strategy.

    Stop micromanaging. Top management should set the big picture direction, and let the details be figured out at lower levels.

    Invest in the businesses that are acquired, don't lose interest in the latest acquisition and go off to buy another shiny new toy.

    Treat business units as business units - give them some authority. Let them (gasp) actually make a hiring decision.

    Foster a culture where the company strategy can be openly discussed. Disagreeing with a strategic decision should not be a fatal career move. If someone is always a yes-man, he (or she) is probably not a thinker and is effectively just a clerk for the boss.

    Use the freedom you have as a private company to focus on the long-term, don't make strategic decisions based on quarterly results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Laid back and flexible, but not great for long term

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A flexible, laid back work environment with some good people. Great benefits. A good place for entry level guys to get started as it has a stringent software lifecycle. Has a vision and products you can get behind and believe in.

    Cons

    Too laid back so you end up with a landing place for lazy and mediocre employees who rarely get trimmed. Pay is usually lower than other nearby comparable positions. Advancement is much easier for political management types than technical and as such there tends to be less focus on software process' and quality even though it's solely a software company. Tends to behave more like an engineering company. Therefore, once you hit intermediate level you either stay for comfort or move on for growth. Often a lot of interdiscipline politics and fighting between divisions which makes your job hard a lot of the time. Management changes work processes, policies, and internal software so often that you spend half your time working through churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some processes and stick with them or at least give them long enough to garner results before blowing things up. Find a way to evaluate and remove dead weight while retaining good software people. To help this put more focus on your software process and give them some path for advancement that relies on being a great employee with skills instead of buzz word politician. Many groups seem to be 50% management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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