Meditech Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
168 Reviews

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168 Reviews
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Pros
  • Annual bonus, working from home opportunities, good work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Benefits are great and so are the bonuses when they come around (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Low starting salary (36-37k for my position) (in 18 reviews)

  • Limited advancement opportunities (even with 100% of non-entry level hiring coming from within company) (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great to get a head start

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Westwood, MA

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

    Pros

    Employees and managers alike are amazing people, and some of the best I've ever worked with. Work is consistent and keeps coming, while not ever being too stressful.

    Cons

    Work is very easy if you have any background at all in your field. Pay is very, VERY low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, you're great! Perhaps raise wages to keep some more talented employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is a decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Applications Specialist  in  Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Norwood, MA

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, bonus, benefits, work from home, cheap cafeteria

    Cons

    compensation, office atmosphere, hours, customer service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase application specialist salaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexibility, work/life balance, ability to change roles

    Cons

    salary get better longer you're there along with profit sharing and bonus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An excellent foundation for a career if you can handle stress

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Specialist  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Specialist in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Meditech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meditech hires college graduates with no experience in computers and gives them the foundation to enter the HIS field.

    Raises are generally quite good (first year review I got an extra $2,400 / year, second year I received an additional $4,800 / year).

    Near ironclad job security.

    If you decide you want to change career paths once you've been there awhile, Meditech will oblige and will start training you in something else that you have no experience/education in. They really do offer you the ability to start on just about any career path (that they have a use for).

    Excellent health benefits.

    Cons

    Meditech hires out of college and effectively trains in a trial by fire. It's incredibly stressful, particularly for people who are coming right out of college.

    The starting pay isn't great... however, as I reminded people when I worked there, that starting salary was based on them hiring you to work on computers when all you had was a college degree in a non-technical major... you got what you could negotiate for.

    Ironclad job security means there are a number of employees who did just enough not to get fired for long enough to hit the 'tenure' mark and then their effort dropped.

    No 401k, company will claim that they have profit sharing which is their retirement solution instead of 401k.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up the training, a lot of the stress of job stems from having little information on hand about the software but being expected to act the "expert" for customers.

    Formalize documentation of code changes are hold Development to fulfilling that format

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company for first job

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    Current Employee - Applications Specialist  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Minnetonka, MN

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Easy to learn a lot about the healthcare industry.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can become a little grating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job/stepping stone for next job

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist  in  Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Westwood, MA

    I worked at Meditech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable, secure, excellent benefits, great working environment, annual bonuses.

    Cons

    The company does not value their employees as much as they should. Everyone is expendable. During my time there, I saw numerous people leave because management refused to give them more pay or let them transfer to a more desirable position within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good people and treat them right. Give them what they deserve. By losing all of these great workers, the quality of your product is going to decline, and this will be detrimental to not only you, but also all of your healthcare clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working with very talented people in a relaxed environment.

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    Current Employee - Development Programmer
    Current Employee - Development Programmer

    I have been working at Meditech full-time

    Pros

    The workplace is an open environment. The annual bonuses are nothing to sneeze at and the bonuses only grow dramatically every additional year you stay with the company. The people in management actually care about the quality of our product.

    Cons

    The proprietary language is a little difficult to work with at times. Initial pay is not competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Application Specialist

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    Current Employee - Applications Specialist  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Meditech for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great entry level position for a new grade out of college. Able to find employment very easy after job. Really enjoyed the work great company to work for.

    Cons

    Salary is very low and turn over at the company is high due to better paying jobs. Still a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good career starter & for long term employees.

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Westwood, MA

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits for the most part.
    90% of health/dental insurance is paid by the company. Two weeks of sick time/two weeks of vacation for the first two years of employment, which then gets bumped up to 3 weeks. The cafeteria is subsidized by Meditech, so lunches are pretty cheap. You can get a burger/fries/drink for about $4. The food tends to be pretty good overall. After two years you're allowed one 'work from home' day a week.

    - Work/Life balance
    You don't take work home with you. I've worked at Meditech for three years and haven't worked more than 50 hours in a week since I started. Meditech offers 24/7 customer support, so any ongoing issues can easily be handed off to the 2nd/3rd shift employees.

    - Job Security
    Meditech tends to not fire employees for whatever reason. After three years I've known 2-3 employees that have been fired. You need to be a serious screwup to get fired. On the one hand it's great to know you don't need to be looking over your shoulder for the hammer to drop, on the other hand this leads to a good amount of apathy/complacency since you know you won't be fired as long as you're barely competent.

    Cons

    - Compensation
    As mentioned in every other review, the compensation at Meditech is pathetic in comparison to the industry average. I was hired as a programmer around 38k and after 3 years I'm making roughly 45k, still well below starting salary at most companies, especially in the Greater Boston area. The compensation model is geared toward longer tenured employees. Since the starting salary is so low, they expect employees to invest in company stock. The yearly bonus is tied to how much you've made in the last 5 years, so again geared towards longer tenured employees. I hear that the compensation does catch up eventually with dividend payments + the bonus. Lots of good employees tend to stick around for a year or two, then find a much higher paying job at another health care organization/hospital. Pay increases are only done on a yearly basis and can only be in $1200 increments. For what reason, I don't know.

    - Management
    You're Meditech experience can made/broken depending on your supervisor. Some allow autonomy and tend to leave you alone, some micromanage and will be constantly breathing down your neck. Some will hound you over internet usage, some won't. Some will go to bat for you, etc... Your mileage can vary wildly depending on your supervisor.

    -Transferable skills
    There basically are none as a programmer. Saying you can code in MAT/Magic to any other company other than Meditech is like saying you can speak Klingon. Meditech uses proprietary software at every level, so none of that experience is transferable to any other company except those hospitals that also use that software.

    - Promotions
    The way Meditech handles promotions is a little ridiculous. Promotions don't guarantee a pay bump, it just raises the 'pay ceiling' for whatever you make. So for instance an employee can have their yearly review in April, get promoted in May, then will work at their current salary for 11 months before their next yearly review in April. Even then, the promotion only raises your pay ceiling, so you might not get a bump then either, however you probably would.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to revisit your compensation model. It may have been a good model back when Meditech was rapidly growing as a company, but now that it's a more stable company with slower long term growth, the model is outdated. You need to offer more competitive salaries in order to incentivize employees to stay. I'm not sure if management is aware of the growing student loans/debt issue with recent graduates, but I've seen numerous employees leave the company due to needing a higher salaried position to pay for their loans.

    Hire programmers with programming experience. While I understand that Meditech hires employees with any degree, the fact that the company hires programmers with Math degrees and have never written a "Hello World" program in their life is frankly ridiculous. If I'm talking with a fellow programmer and mention 'regular expressions', their reaction shouldn't be to look at me like I have seven heads. It's embarrassing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great career starter, no long term growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Framingham, MA

    I worked at Meditech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall good company culture and a great entry level job.

    Meditech teaches new college graduates how to operate in the professional world.

    Good training program and a great way to get introduced to Healthcare IT industry.

    You don't bring work home with you.

    Cons

    Terrible compensation plan.

    No career growth potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should introduce incentive plans for high achievers, this would keep some of the little talent that stays at Meditech.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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