AspenTech Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
147 Reviews
2.2
147 Reviews
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Antonio Pietri
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are a lot of really good people here, who are experienced professionals (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits package - which is very surprising (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture of fear and paranoia driven by aggressive senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper management tends to get a little too involved in day to day activities and it can bog things down (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company successful, culture an issue in the past but seems to be improving

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and products, leader in their market, company did a financial turnaround and now growing, new ceo knows that a stronger culture is important. Good influx of lots of new and young talent the last couple years who are making an impact.

    Cons

    Less bureaucracy than before but still room for improvement. Collaboration across functions needs to be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exec team - be better aligned. Lead by example in driving better collaboration across groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change for the better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - N/A in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    I like the level of transparency and open dialogue and from what I can tell there's been a huge amount of change over the last year. It would seem that those that have not been able to deal with that change have moved on and clearly it was necessary for the business but doesn't sit well with everyone. Having worked for US software companies previously I've seen far worse. Market leader in what they do and that is a huge door opener.

    Cons

    Still evolving and there are some old habits that need cleaning up but for new employees coming in there's a great deal of opportunity. Needs to have more decision making devolved from the mothership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure remuneration is competitive and we don't lose good people because of a few bucks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Continuous Frustration

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

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

    Pros

    Your roles can vary based on what you are interested in. I was able to learn more about how a company runs, the needs of a company, and the skills desired by many companies. Good pay.

    Cons

    With a constrained development cycle, the same problems consistently occur. There are easy, cost effective solutions that can be used to reduce much of the frustration that most of the development teams face but management is unwilling to change or commit resources away from direct development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take actual action to the issues that the majority of the employees face every development cycle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place Bad Place - Depends on the department and your Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Friendly intelligent colleagues.
    OK Salaries
    OK benefits
    9-5 Job

    Cons

    Too much involvement in day to day activities let us do our job.
    Many so called Directors hanging to their job no creativity no freedom no innovation as ideas get shot down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate provide more freedom to middle tier developers community (most of them have advanced degrees please give them a chance to prove just don't squeeze them into a box)
    Change it up Mix it up.
    Don't accept Status Quo Inspire and motivate teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I had a great work experience at this company and wish everyone the best of luck!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ------  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - ------ in Burlington, MA

    I worked at AspenTech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and great product, slow growth due to company making changes but definitely headed in a great direction for the future.

    Cons

    Wish there were more sales training tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice just keep working hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Developer

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very Good company for learning and growth.

    Cons

    We should be ready to switch with technologies, in terms of flexibility of learning new skills.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Underpaid and disposable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer I  in  Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Software Developer I in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Direct management, coworkers and essentially everyone from VP and down I have respect for and am able to work well with. Office culture at the moment is relaxed and friendly, with enough structure to keep things rolling (that may change soon, it's hard to say.) I'm challenged on a regular basis when I can get in touch with the resources I need in other locations.
    3 weeks of vacation is nice.

    Cons

    The Executive level of leadership has made it clear that they are profiting at our expense. Salaries are not competitive with the skillsets which they're hiring. They claim "industry standard", but misleadingly compare themselves to a niche market, not other Software Companies, which is what they are.
    A move of office from NH to MA is causing a huge bump in cost of living, smaller working spaces, and the addition of state income tax on top of that. This means that once we move, I'll be making less than I did when I started. That's unacceptable. It was brought to the attention of the Executive level before raises were handed out, and no compensation was offered for this increase which is a direct result of their choice to relocate. I feel disposable, and unappreciated in light of this.
    On going through the proper channels, the response I was given was essentially "We don't like it either, but there's nothing we can do". That's not confidence inspiring.
    I personally find a Software Company with a no e-commuting policy to be very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be more than an average company that people leave after 2 years, then pay more than average. You've certainly stressed how well the company is doing financially, and seem to believe the company is better than average. So treat your employees as better than average.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent company

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

    I have been working at AspenTech

    Pros

    work as much as you want, but you might get fired if you take on too little work

    Cons

    no adequate training, can be stressful sometimes, lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less politics, more training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less then ideal

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary. A lot of young people.

    Cons

    I don't really learn much. Their code is not documented at all. Most of the programs I work or won't build for me and my superiors don't help me. I feel like I am going backwards and not gaining valuable experience. I work on a "team" but we all work on separate projects. We are all left in the dark in most areas of the development cycle. Asking questions or for direction only leads to a less then helpful email that arrives 5+ hours later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't take the job unless its temporary!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Burlington, IA
    Current Employee - Finance in Burlington, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership and management. There is no trust, and the VP's treat you like your children. Socializing is not allowed! Micro-managers all the way as if they didn't have enough to do. Very top heavy with management and some of the mangers are so unprofessional it's pathetic. Very low morale in all areas of the company.

    A good company begins with leadership. People are always leaving because of poor management, and HR is useless.

    Promotions are only giving to the favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at why so many knowledgeable good employees leave! Upper management needs to really examine middle management's poor, unprofessional behaviors.

    You need to build morale, it is extremely low. This could be a great company to work for but it all begins with leadership.

    Try not to forget that it is us little people that make Aspen successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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