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"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
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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?

Other Employee Reviews for Mentor Corporation

  1. "Great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Records Specialist in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Records Specialist in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people were amazing. I loved every one I worked with.

    Cons

    Johnson & Johnson sucks to work for; they only care about money.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the people before the bottom line


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    "It's all about optics"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Follow the damn credo.

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