Mentor Corporation

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  1.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor

    I worked at Mentor Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and great learning opportunities. The products manufactured are high quality.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, no advancement, lack of project direction. I felt like we were spinning our wheels. There was lack of accountability for poor performed and brought the high performers down with them. High turnover of high performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high performers would stay if there was more leadership and accountability, as well as a more stable leadership team that wasn't all about putting in time to transfer or retire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's all about optics

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Mentor Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay if you work "upstairs". Lots of social interaction if you get in with the right crowd. Comfortable office environment. Access to company discounts. If you're new to SB, start here since everyone has worked at Mentor. Build a network then start applying to other jobs after you make a year. Having JNJ will look good on your resume. If you're currently on your >3 year of employment, start looking for work cause that ax will come.

    Cons

    JNJ acquisition brought the cut-throat mentality of the East to the laid back culture of the West. You either need to learn how to swim with sharks or keep your head just low enough to kiss management's you-know-what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the damn credo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Watch your back

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company before J&J took over. Now employees are just a line in their budget that's constantly being reduced so management can give themselves a raise. They promote the least qualified employee.

    Cons

    You are just a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    J&J Ruined Mentor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mentor Corporation

    Pros

    Use to have great people, great teams in every department, cared about employees, flexible

    Cons

    JnJ bought Mentor and that was the end of Mentor. Business goals and strategies changed that resulted in lay-offs and constant turnover. JnJ management doesn't listen to anyone. Just doesn't get the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all change is good. Don't believe your own BS

  6.  

    unsatisfying

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    Former Employee - Critical Account Representative in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Critical Account Representative in Goleta, CA

    I worked at Mentor Corporation

    Pros

    good benefits, pleasant work space.

    Cons

    Poor lower/mid range managment personell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee rank and file input.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amateur Hour at Mentor: Inexperienced Management Team

    J&J has made Mentor a Process Heavy Snail.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Mentor Corporation

    Pros

    People are genuinely friendly and seeing that everyone for the most part is around the same age, it can be a fun place to work. Young professionals 20's to mid-forties. They have some morale building functions such as employee appreciation day where they bus everyone up to Santa Ynez for wine tasting and a party. They have full disclosure luncheons where they review company performance. The location can't be beat. Gym and locker facilities that all back up to bike trails that lead to the beach. Paradise. The facilities are nice as well. I had an office with french doors and ordered whatever office furniture I wanted.

    Cons

    It is amateur hour at Mentor. There are people who have been there for ages and have risen through the ranks despite their performance. This may be because Santa Barbara is a hard place to find talented experienced workers (very expensive location) so those that are there never leave. As a company they are very risk adverse and take forever to make a decision. They purchase technology and then do nothing with it such as the case with Byron Medical. They bought the company, invested in building up brands, fired their sales force to kill the brand, then changed their mind to re-invest and build it back up again. As a consequence they have missed opportunities and have lost talented people. Now that Johnson & Johnson owns Mentor it has become very bureaucratic and process heavy which further kills progress and creativity. They rely too heavily on their implant business and do not offer a diversified portfolio of products. They have a lot of cash but not much on innovation. Same old technology. Breast implants are almost a commodity. Not much difference between the competition Allergan. Any new players out there?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An MBA doesn't necessarily mean you are hiring the best and the brightest. Look at the track record of your employees and what they bring to the table before you advance them. Remove the process jungle and execute your plan! Then stick to the plan. Mentor has missed out on technologies such as the Lap Band, Botox, and stem cell technologies. Start to look for innovation in your industry and invest in the new generation of thought leaders (KOL's). The KOL's you currently have are quickly becoming dinosaurs. What happened to being nimble Josh?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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