Bentley Systems Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
119 Reviews
3.8
119 Reviews
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Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work- life balance, great colleagues, global work sharing (in 11 reviews)

  • A flexible, laid back work environment with some good people (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Heavy bloat at the middle management level and blatant nepotism make it hard to advance beyond a certain level (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper Management dictate all your daily activities, managers are not aware of any of the IT processes (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Product Management in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Product Management in Exton, PA

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

    Pros

    They are very accommodating and are invested in the satisfaction of their employees

    Cons

    The town is a little small, and you must be very interested in the software.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great privately owned company

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Exton, PA

    I worked at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Privately Owned, Nice atmosphere, Family friendly

    Cons

    low comp, certain management not easy to work for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good people, good benefits, poor process and decision making at times

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    Former Employee - Sales, Technical Sales, Product Management in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Sales, Technical Sales, Product Management in Exton, PA

    I worked at Bentley Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people at Bentley are, for the most part, very friendly and helpful. Bentley definitely promotes a "family" atmosphere with it's employees, sometimes to its detriment. I found advancement opportunities to be there for those with strong industry backgrounds and ambition (I was promoted 3 times in 7+ years at Bentley). After my first promotion, I found the salary structure to be on par with the rest of the industry, perhaps a small bit lower, but overall a good experience.

    Cons

    Lots of, long tenured, "deadwood" middle management with little to no specific industry related experience for their positions. Marketing for some industry segments and product lines was literally non existent. Too many man hours lost to laborious process, LONG conference calls, and having "doers" reporting to "deadwood" middle management. In short, the "doer" to "deadwood" ratio was 180 degrees from what it should be in an industry leader. With 4 separate verticals (Civil, Geospatial, Building, Plant), and hundreds of applications/solutions in the overall portfolio, Bentley tends to be a "Jack of all trades, master of none" as it lacks a specific focus. The sales compensation model was confusing to say the least, and was more and more unachievable every sales quarter over 7 years it seemed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire or promote people with industry experience to management positions when dealing with a specific industry. Too many middle managers that have been relocated to other industry segments within Bentley with no industry background, specifically in sales. It cost quite a few sales in the group I worked in for 7+ years. Make the sales compensation model more fair and more simple for Account Managers. Many good sales people were lost from feeling slighted by the sales comp model.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, not so great pay.

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    Experience is at a premium with Bentley. It's both good and bad. You are thrown to the wolves, but if you swim, not sink, its a good experience.

    Cons

    If anyone can actually figure out the compensation plan, they probably have a PHD from UPenn. Corporate goals and employee compensation are completely misaligned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change your entire go to market every 6 months. There is no way to actually measure results when you don't have any historical data to go off of.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great, laid-back, with good people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    Jeans every day, smart coworkers, laid back enviroinment, great benefits

    Cons

    As with anywhere, cost is a huge factor in decisions. More so than the actual needs or functionality of a solution.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Typical mix of some good aspects and some "Dilbert" aspects

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I worked at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    Nice people, positive work, good benefits.

    Cons

    Jobs are being moved overseas. Leaders from acquired companies come into senior management positions which downplays some existing product lines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentive program is still not clear, and product management in some areas is not doing what it needs to do to steer the product development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good place to work but there are drawbacks.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    Bentley is a family run company and does have a good work/life balance. While we only have 3,000 colleagues, the company is spread over 40+ countries, which means that it has all the challenges of a large global corporation. This makes the work interesting and provides a lot of opportunities to work with colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    Bentley colleagues tend to be very loyal and stay with the company. While can be good, it also means that there is very little movement in management positions. For those looking to move up, there are few options. They are trying to address this issue with retirement plans recently but it is too soon to say whether they will be effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While there are some very smart people at the company, there are also several who are in their role primarily because they got in early when the company was very small. Their role has expanded but they have not. Keeping people in roles that are above their ability hinders the effectiveness of the organization and doesn't do them any favors either.

    Overall it is a very well run company and I do trust senior management on most issues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Brilliant place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    Great Management
    Fun place to work
    Tightly coupled team
    Good Work is well Appreciated.
    Laid back environment
    Interesting problem to work everyday.

    Cons

    If you like to work in cubicles independently , this is not the place you are looking for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation can be increased to market price.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    Overall good work life balance

    Cons

    Vey very few career advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of employee aspirations

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great to work on the products that they have acquired

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    Current Employee - Application Engineer in Yorba Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Application Engineer in Yorba Linda, CA

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    - Great products
    - Some great engineers/scientists from aquisitions

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy
    -Stuck in a position for ever
    -No salary raise
    -Decisions made without thinking properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Think properly before you implement an idea
    -Pay attention to small users also

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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