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AspenTech Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
154 Reviews
2.6
154 Reviews
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AspenTech President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio Pietri
Antonio Pietri
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great products, very knowledgeable and well trained employee base (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Strict senior management no room to air your ideas (in 10 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Services in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Professional Services in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    1. Great salary and benefits, 2. A new CEO that has a passion for our customers and our employees, 3. A company that believes in developing their people and promoting from within, 4. A place where you can make a difference, 5. A long list of the best customers in the world, 6. Innovative, value-driven market-leading products

    Cons

    Under the former CEO there was not enough empowerment for the employees or focus on our customers. That culture is absolutely changing under the new CEO with many initiatives in place. Cultures do not change overnight but it is clear that the CEO and Executive Team are absolutely committed to our customers and employees. There are many new initiatves in place that are being driven employees to look at improving the customer experience, new training initiatives for employees, etc. This is a very exciting time to be a part of AspenTech!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do the things you are doing to bring our customers and employees back to our central focus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great product and people; terrible morale, long hours, low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great products and people. Tremendous opportunity to collaborate with really smart co-workers. Mid management works hard to support the field efforts. Current marketing management creates effective platforms from which to sell.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. Lack of professional respect from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act on feedback from employees who work hard and do a good job. Simplify procedures by eliminating duplicated tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales

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

    I worked at AspenTech

    Pros

    Good product customers really like. New CEO may change the way the company operates. Time will tell but he has a lot of work to do

    Cons

    Perceived attitude towards customers, internal fighting on contract reviews, how they pay employees, Sad part is there are really good people at this company but overshadowed by a lot of rotten apples.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get ride of the good o'l boy mentality and send your mid managers to management school, listen to your customers and provide competitive priced applications vs adding unnecessary charges

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough place to work!

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair to good compensation and benefits. Successful, world leader in their technology. Great people to work with. Some incredible talent at the company.

    Cons

    Horrible culture of top down, autocratic management. They do not seek input, just give mandates. 100% risk averse - taking risks is asking to be fired. Workers are seen as chattel - you are just a number and easily replaced, be thankful you have a job and regular paycheck. Zero flexibility in working hours or location (cannot work from home - ever!). No one in the company is the champion for or advocates for the employee; HR is absent. Completely outdated tools / software. Most work is done via an excel spreadsheet. It takes hours to get even the most basic information, where most companies just push a button. Too many good employees are leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN AND ACT! Listen to what the people that have left said. Listen to what the current workers are telling you. It is the truth. AspenTech can be successful AND treat employee with respect. Old school practices - top-down management, no collaboration, strict in office hours (9-5) are archaic - get with the times. Use current and modern technology. Follow the same standards you preach to customers buying Aspen's products. In 1 full year, Pietri hasn't shown the employee's there will be any changes - none. Surely there could have been SOMETHING done to give them hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Change for the better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an 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
  7. 2 people 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 (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
  8. 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    SLAVERY still exists...

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

    I worked at AspenTech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Would take me an era to think of it

    Cons

    1) Horrible Management
    2) The smaller the team is the more miserable you would be.
    3) Advice to foreign nationals: Never join this company. You will waste your crucial years in the hope that they would file the Green card.That would not happen or if that happens it would be in the 5th year of your permit. That time you would have no where to go and will be forced to stay with them.
    4) Micro Management word itself will lose its meaning if used for this company.
    5) Salary hikes are 3-4% which is around $50 on your paycheck every month..lol..
    6) Was sent for a week long training to the South. Took a cab to the Logan airport. They made a big deal out of it for taking a cab to the airport.
    7) They call themselves a software company. 95% of the people dont have laptops and CANNOT work from home.
    8) In 8 inches snow also, you are expected to report to work. Also they take attendance 2 times on the snow days.

    Running out of space...lol....

    To be continued........................

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do everyone a favor. Shut the Company down please. You are spoiling everyones career.
    Start paying people that they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    So far, no good

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've met some of the most logical, methodical, and brilliant hard-working people in this company. These are rarely the ones that go higher up in the company.

    Cons

    Several inept managers with more influence than they deserve. Unfortunately, they are placed in positions of great influence, and they have let it go to their heads. Company rules through fear, and doesn't encourage anyone to say what they think. You can only say what you think if it is in line with their own opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where are the CEO and VP of each department? How can they continue to let such people lead?? Look at these glassdoor ratings! Change something!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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