ANSYS Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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ANSYS President, CEO, and Director Jim Cashman III
Jim Cashman III
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is given importance here (in 8 reviews)

  • good work culture, freindly employees (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management should send them for training (in 3 reviews)

  • A conscious need to interact and mentor young developers needs to exist (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Big company nonesense

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Developer in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Developer in Concord, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    According to my bank statements, they pay me. Additionally, I occasionally get to take a day off.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of bureaucratic nonsense. You are nothing more than a body to do a job. They expect loyalty, but give none. You can work your butt off and get nothing, but you enter AM instead of PM on an expense report and you get written up.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as part of the solution to a problem and not as the problem.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Testing Engineer II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Office environment is good

    Cons

    No career growth and lot of politics


  3. Helpful (3)

    Expect no growth and zero appreciation!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. The NH office location sucks, they pay low wages (lesser than other companies in the region), guys in HQ office think they're the bosses although everyone works equally hard in the team.

    Cons

    Everything. Low wages in NH, zero growth, zero appreciation, internal politics... You name it! This company will have it. There is a new clown in HQ trying to shuffle people which is wreaking havoc with how the company functions.

    Advice to Management

    People expect growth. If one group promotes members in 6 months and another group thinks people will be motivated to work as hard for 6 years to be promoted.. You know something is wrong.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    World-class technology, uninspired leadership...

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology and applications are very diverse and interesting, which makes the learning never-ending. And there are many very smart people to enjoy working with.

    Cons

    The culture is dominated by individuals protecting themselves, rather than a sense of team and working towards a common goal. This emanates from the top down, and the motivation tactic is fear rather than reward. The company is very bureaucratic and ultra conservative for a high-tech "growth" software company. Inspiration is lacking with higher levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy to make menial tasks easier to accomplish. Ditch the "one-size fits all" approach to business and do deeper analysis for each market you serve. Most importantly, improve the morale and culture by addressing the individualistic mentality and leadership-through-fear problems.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Upper management stinks!

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation, flexible work schedule, low stress

    Cons

    Managers are clueless about treating workers with respect.

    Advice to Management

    Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you


  7. Helpful (7)

    Mediocrity and unrestrained personal ambitions rule

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    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In the initial stages of your career it is a good environment where you are exposed to different technologies and industries, can learn much about different simulation tools.

    Cons

    Especially after the 2009 layoffs there has been a top-heavy structure: many managers from a legacy organization with very little restraint imposed on their personal management styles and ambitions. A lot of work is expected from engineers and quite often not appreciated or recognized. Unreasonable requests are put on employees when office doors are closed. Many political games driven by personal ambition and personal preferences are being played. Rather than focusing on growing as a company, several managers are worried about their visibility and undermining other managers' positions. There is some sort of an intimidating atmosphere depending who your boss is so that you do not feel to express honest concerns. As a matter of fact, there is not even an HR person in the Lebanon office!

    Advice to Management

    Senior management could be more active and in contact with engineers. HR too could perform a survey and see if/how/why employees are not satisfied. It would help to the company long-term growth and soundness to remove some over-ambitious managers who make a lot of smoke using a lot of the company resources for self-promotion. Career counseling would help too.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Run - unless you aspire to be mediocre and love the status quo

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    Former Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits - Strong business model

    Cons

    - No customer focus - Senior management focus is ONLY Profits - increase top line or cut costs until bottom line improves. - No interest in innovation at all except for lip service.

    Advice to Management

    Time to stop buying companies at 8X revenues and come up with some "real" in-house innovation at a much lower cost - and I don't mean e-notebook!


  9. Helpful (8)

    Do not work for ANSYS!

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    Former Employee - Support/Services Employee in Lebanon, NH
    Former Employee - Support/Services Employee in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere is generally casual and professional in the NH office. The vast majority of employees in the NH office are very cordial and professional. Work environment was very pleasant, and I was very satisfied with the hands-off management style of most managers.

    Cons

    Your job will not be at all secure in the current climate. Executives seem very two-faced and only look out for themselves. I am not the only one who feels wrongly terminated and has lost much respect for those in upper management during the most recent layoff. No reasons were given for termination; only that it was not merit-based. Did they just draw names from a hat? They even fired a janitor! The executives claim that there were budgetary reasons for the RIF, but the SEC website reports bonuses on the order of 80-100% for executives. Jim Cashman's bonus was over 100% (just above $500k). How does he sleep at night?

    Advice to Management

    Keep the well-qualified people you have. During tough times, be more scrutinous of those who do not produce results instead of slapping in the face those who do. I had a deep passion for what I did for ANSYS and felt very offended after the layoff process. Offer a pay cut (I said I would take one but was denied). Be respectful and give those you cut the information and reasons for termination that they deserve. Don't just abruptly turn your back. Executives should either defer their bonus compensation or reduce it altogether. Lead by example and allow yourself the 15% that you give everyone else.


  10. Helpful (3)

    My view

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    Former Employee - Technoloy Specialist in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Technoloy Specialist in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ANSYS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance is good Comp-off - a life saver

    Cons

    Need to increase salary band Interest alone cannot sustain a person to work for longer. It should be acknowledged with better compensation and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Management should provide encouragement and support for new ideas to take shape. Be more expressive when an out-standing work is done. Just a one-liner "Project well received. Keep up the good work" -- wont be suffice


  11. Helpful (3)

    Pune office

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    1. Good for initial carrier. 2. Good work/life Balance

    Cons

    Middle level managers are sick. They don't know how to retain the people. Very low maturity level of manages. You will survive if you keep your boss happy.. else... they will throw you out.

    Advice to Management

    HR should monitor the behavior of middle level mangers



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