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Bentley Motors Reviews

Updated Dec 10, 2019

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3.9
90%
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99%
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Bentley Motors CEO Adrian Hallmark
Adrian Hallmark
40 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great car scheme and flexible working hours(in 19 reviews)

  • "Nice experience when you are an automotive or luxury enthusiast(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Tough for foreign people to coop with the local community in Crewe(in 7 reviews)

  • "Career progression limited, old fashioned ways(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Very smart very elegant and sophisticated"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer 

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy having the freedom of speech and being able to do my own thing

    Cons

    Not many chances to take charge of a project

    Bentley Motors2019-12-10
  2. "A bold vision for the future"

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    Current Employee - Sales 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has got some fantastic product.

    Cons

    Beautiful Cars; great design, attempting to go from push to pull.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing; the ship will turn around

    Bentley Motors2019-10-23
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great product and heritage Lots of diverse employees

    Cons

    Can be slow to change

    Bentley Motors2019-08-02
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Crewe, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company to begin carrer with

    Cons

    People pay too much attention with titles instead of working together

    Bentley Motors2019-07-22
  5. "Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Crewe, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Bentley Motors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Bentley produces some stunning cars, and looks after its people well. The salaries and benefits package are good and the facilities are excellent. If you want to progress, have the ability and work for it, then Bentley will deliver. Job content is always interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Some of the HR initiatives can be a bit cloying, and life in production can be stressful and aggressive, but no worse than other companies. Lots of procedural stuff seems inefficient and unnecessary. There is a high turnover of VW staff who want the Bentley tick on their CV, and whilst many are committed, some have a terrible attitude to Bentley people. It's a cliche, but the arrogance can really kick in.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. It's never perfect, and things will go wrong, but for the people who complain about Bentley, I'd say work somewhere else, then see if you still think Bentley's bad.

    Bentley Motors2019-06-19
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with many development opportunities"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Crewe, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Development opportunities, good salary for area, company pension, company bonus, company car scheme

    Cons

    Location, poor office facilities, Crewe is not the nicest place to live

    Bentley Motors2019-05-17
  7. "Great for personal development."

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    Current Employee - Graduate in Crewe, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very focused on trainee development. Great car scheme and flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Some offices are very old and equipment can be outdated.

    Bentley Motors2019-05-16
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stressful environment but difficult to leave due to good benefits"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Middlewich, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They offer excellent benefits such as good salary, bonus scheme, good pension contributions, flexible working, working from home and an unbelievable car scheme (new car from VW Group brands every 4 months for managers for just £80/month!) They also have an excellent wellbeing programme which supports physical and mental health with a number of courses and initiatives. Generally those that deliver projects are hard... working and bring strong experience from other companies/industries. In 2018 there was a significant change to The Board and their new approach/vision has now started to manifest in positive change in what is a particularly challenging time for the industry; if they had been brought on board in a better economic climate, I would have expected the business to have thrived under their leadership. There is the opportunity for travel with business and I have been lucky enough to attend some spectacular customer events and to visit our offices in other countries, which has been brilliant.

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    Cons

    Aside from the change in The Board in 2018, the senior layers of management (particularly in Sales & Marketing) are generally populated by middle aged men that have been with the company for 10+ years; they are very stuck in their ways and, during a time when the business is trying to transform, this makes it feel like running in treacle at times. Everyone has an opinion about your work, whether this is an area of... expertise for them or not. Decisions are made by committee and generally on the opinion of senior managers and rarely by relying on data/science. There is a reluctance to integrate effectively, which means different areas of the business can end up working on the same projects, doing the same things but with different goals, which is utterly inefficient. There is a bit of a blame culture, which results in you having to cover your back and keep a record of things you have done/said in case something comes back to bite you. Recently, when people have left, their roles have not been filled and there has been no reassessment of the team structures; this has resulted in people having to pick up projects alongside their existing workload where they may not have the relevant experience/knowledge to do so. There are far too many projects going on with a complete lack of focus and with people having to take on these extra projects, they are getting to breaking point.

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    Advice to Management

    Reassess the structure of the entire Sales & Marketing function to ensure it is set up for success with clear, common goals. Lose some of the obstructive senior management and inject some new blood that can help drive change. Don’t always rely on the automotive industry for guidance/inspiration - we should focus on what other, profitable brands do well and try to replicate as we know that the automotive industry is... facing unprecedented change. Be clear with roles and responsibilities so people can get on with what they know best without obstruction.

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    Bentley Motors2019-05-25
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Regional Manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bentley Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The product quality is good

    Cons

    Mass market approach to a bespoke product Management insecurity leading to micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat the customers like they are VW owner's Trust employees

    Bentley Motors2019-06-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Open and helpful culture however no one is to blame"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Crewe, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bentley Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Open and honest culture Easy to speak with managment on non-challenging subjects Easy commute and steady pace of work

    Cons

    Slow rate of work and very low pressure environment (recent only) Room for progression is questionable due to low turn over in staff

    Advice to Management

    Guidance from outside the industry should be sought.

    Bentley Motors2019-04-23
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