Dassault Systemes Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Dassault Systemes President and CEO Bernard Charles
Bernard Charles
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good as well, but pay is not competitive for the industry (in 10 reviews)

  • Des bonnes conditions de travail (vacances, avantages, ordonnancement du temps facile) (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • La direction ne semble pas obtenir beaucoup d'approbation de la part de leurs employ (in 7 reviews)

  • Beaucoup de travail, mais satisfaisant (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good long term vision and great people

    Cons

    Sacrificing quality of individual brands to fulfill long term vision


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes

    Pros

    Great company culture Ability to advance within

    Cons

    Cultural differences can sometimes be difficult


  3. Dassault Systems takes good care of their employees and has a flexible, motivated staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Business Casual, Flexible, Great Staff, Friendly employees

    Cons

    The company is mostly very technical


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Cliquish.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK Benefits, you can work virtual if you need to. quirky perks in the benefits package. free coffee. Lots of time off, but be careful of using in large blocks of time. you'll be swamped with work when you return

    Cons

    Little to no advancement. low pay. no personal growth. Internal policy don't work well with partners. cross train people. It doesn't hurt to have more than 1 person able to complete tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let good talent go to waste. Put a stop to inclusive leadership. If an employee is in control of their career at Dassault, include them in the decisions that affect the success of their work. Management agendas should be to promote ALL employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of R&D in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of R&D in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, decent facility, flexibility

    Cons

    Mostly deal with old and antiquated technology

    Advice to Management

    Respect different functional groups, so as to maintain integrity of the model.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good company, but opportunities may be limited; 3 1/2 stars

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Company produces great products and services - Good people to work with - Good health benefits - Company is striving to be a "Great Place to Work"

    Cons

    - Poor work/life balance - Very small yearly pay increases, if any at all - Very few opportunities to move up, and when they are given it is given to the manager's "pets" - Future is somewhat uncertain because opportunities for the Americas may be limited because France calls all the shots and our opportunities in the future is yet to be known - Trying to take vacation time is difficult because it is often denied or management waits until the very last minute to let you know if you can take it - You have to use up most or all of your vacation time at times when it is not good for you, because your manager wants you to use up your time and not carry over

    Advice to Management

    - Share your vision with employees and let them know that they will be an integral part of future plans - Crack down on managers that are preventing employee satisfaction with out dated management styles - Give better yearly raises


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great people but overly political environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and the technical people are fun and personable. Depending on the office, the social environment can be really nice (Woodland Hills, CA and Auburn Hills, MI stand out in particular). Also, the CEO is very inspiring - the vision the company is striving for is a strong motivating factor.

    Cons

    Despite the advantages, the environment is highly political - promotion is on the who-you-know basis rather than on competence or professionalism. Really good people are stuck for years is underpaid, undervalued positions with little possibility of moving up.


  9. Helpful (11)

    A strange and often wonderful company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DS has an excellent benefits package and it is a company where you can manage Work/Life balance if you try. The company is absolutely loaded with incredibly talented employees who are inspired by the compelling vision being pursued by the top leadership of the company. IFWE can deliver most of what we promise we will make the world a better place. The company has a solid business model and excellent financial leadership enables it to pursue long range goals and endure through significant mistakes and poor economies. Employees have real opportunity at DS. It is rare to do the same job for more than a few years. You will not be bored here. The company is also pretty loyal and encourages people to move between roles to pursue new areas of interest within the company. DS is an international company and this opens up a lot of opportunity for travel.

    Cons

    Although the vision of the company is extremely compelling, DS has missed every major technology shift of the last 20 years. The company is always playing catch up because it tries to compete at the wrong level. How could a company with great vision be so blind about it's place in the world of technology? Some examples (I swear all are true): DS once tried to "own the desktop". When CATIA ran on Mainframe and UNIX Workstations DS decided to build a better desktop experience than Microsoft. When browsers were born DS decided to develop a better browser. When social networking exploded DS decided it had to buy one of it's own. Now DS is late to cloud computing and online sales. I lay this issue squarely at the feet of the leader of the R&D team: Dominique Florack. Time after time he has been wrong and yet he still is in charge of the technical direction of the company. The company organization is too complex and this leads to confusion among employees and unhealthy internal competition among mid-level managers. It takes years to assimilate new acquisitions. DS' array of business systems are confusing, irrationally assembled, and mostly built internally. DS is a French company and there are real challenges to overcome if you don't understand French culture and "the DS Way". In my view the Pros outweigh the Cons, but you do have to be able to tolerate some frustration. A lot of very smart people are still here because they, like DS, have a long term vision.

    Advice to Management

    Stop adding layers to the management matrix. Instead kill some layers. We don't need Channels and Geos and Brands and Industries ALL carrying "Sales Targets" and all thinking that they own the strategy and engagement. Decide who's in charge and get on with it. Treat Management as the profession it is. Lower layers of Management in DS are very poor. It didn't matter when the company was small but you cannot retain the best people with very poor Managers. Understand real core competencies. Understand Google, Salesforce, Oracle, etc are not competitors. Really.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great people average processes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture in the US is great.

    Cons

    Everything is pretty much dictated by France Execs. Process improvements are slow. Decisions are slow.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Stay away unless you are related to someone here or are favored

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant - Software Developer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant - Software Developer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people but they are all leaving and moving on!!

    Cons

    mistreatment if not favored, detached management, fear based management styles, no growth, and hostile work place HR is useless and only care about events and favoritism. Management turns blind eye to people that do not work there but expect favors and are not that bright. Some people have been there too long and need to move on! No career growth at all...well, unless you are in deeep favor with someone there!

    Advice to Management

    Step up your game and stop hiding under your favoritism umbrella!



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