Bentley Systems

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Bentley Systems Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
126 Reviews
3.8
126 Reviews
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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. 2 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Laid back and flexible, but not great for long term

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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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bentley Systems

    Pros

    open environment, friendly and helpful people

    Cons

    for an intern, theres no intern training program

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fighting the Good Fight

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bentley Systems (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of belief in the many products, and the future of each and every one of these products. Most people care, and try to help out as much as they can. Diverse company. Great benefits as part of the employment package

    Cons

    Sometimes they try to act like they are Adobe, other times they are still a company owned by 5 brothers. Too many decisions depend upon senior management blessing. Policies often get in the way of productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate and trust.
    Continue to rationalize the price book, and reduce the number of products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Satisfied

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great privately owned company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, not so great pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great, laid-back, with good people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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