athenahealth Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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athenahealth Chairman, President, and CEO Jonathan S. Bush
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Pros
  • People had fun working and work/life balance used to be difficult but fun (in 17 reviews)

  • The company is growing and promotions happen often (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Most of the people there worked there from the beginning so they don't know how to appreciate a true work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Also, the company is growing so fast that some of the infrastructure in place is no longer appropriate for the size of the company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    As close to the "perfect career" that I have ever found

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at athenahealth full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - You won't work with anyone who is neither technically incompetent nor unable to communicate, because they don't get hired in the first place.
    - Best teamwork I've seen in my career. Engineers work directly with product management and together do great things.
    - Awesome benefits: a $300 yearly budget for personal items, nearly unlimited free snacks and drinks, regular outings and fun events
    - The company really values their employees and make you feel important. They spend a lot of money on us.
    - Meaningful work with the ability to really improve healthcare and people's lives on a daily basis.
    - Great flexibility on hours and good work/life balance. Some people work 100% remotely.
    - Lots of opportunity for growth, as the company itself is growing rapidly.

    Cons

    - Continues to use older technologies (Perl, Perforce) with no sign of incoming changes.
    - Monthly/bi-monthly release cycles means that you can feel frequently pressured with deadlines.
    - Development practices are too focused on solving short-term solutions. Good practices like refactoring, documentation, and unit testing are often not given any time. Software quality and development time suffers as a result.
    - Many managers seem like they struggle with work/life balance and regularly work many more hours than they should have to.
    - Not much in terms of a technical development track. If you want to move up in the company, you're pretty much not going to be writing code anymore.


  2. I love athena

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Watertown, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great sense of mission and purpose. The most wonderful people in the world.

    Cons

    Lots of years of fast and complex growth creates role changes and some organizational confusion that can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with making sure there are directly responsible individuals for everything. Avoid crossed lines. Simplify the application so more people can do more work faster on the inside.


  3. Great Place to Work!

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

    I have been working at athenahealth

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

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, Great locations and excellent in-office perks, very good pay

    Cons

    Some old school practices are still in play


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  5. great place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at athenahealth

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

    Pros

    great culture, people, and workplace

    Cons

    none so far, so that's good


  6. Helpful (1)

    Awesome culture with really great people!

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

    I have been working at athenahealth full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -teams that really believe in the mission and vision
    -innovative and fast paced, always something going on
    -huge ability to move internally - people transfer among groups often
    -free parking, shuttle and lots of perks

    Cons

    -lots of growth which has made parking a little tight
    -health benefits and 401K match could be better

    Advice to Management

    -keep listening to your employees


  7. Helpful (5)

    I like it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at athenahealth full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Good pay and benefits. Engaging work environment. You learn a lot about the healthcare industry.

    Cons

    Teams are slightly siloed in everyday work, but there is transparency and openness.

    Advice to Management

    Create more of an entrepreneurial feel for the lower ranks and provide resources and support for ideas coming from the lower ranks.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Couldn't imagine working anywhere else!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Watertown, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    After 8.5 years I still love coming to work every day. I've held 7 different roles in my tenure. Very quick to promote top performers.

    Cons

    You begin to believe in the work so much it's sometimes hard to realize that there is life outside of athena. However, you love what you're doing so much, and make such great friends doing it, that it doesn't really matter.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening! There has been a noted effort in management listening and it's so important.


  9. i am a financial analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at athenahealth

    Pros

    good working environment and mobility in the firm

    Cons

    need more experience to be promoted


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for if your into technology and want to learn alot.

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

    I have been working at athenahealth full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the work environment is great. I like all of my co-workers

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't completely there yet. Many people work past 6pm. We cant hire enough people fast enough, which makes it stress at times

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within.


  11. Great company

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

    I have been working at athenahealth

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, business plan, perks

    Cons

    Ambiguity in projects at times



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