Dassault Systemes
3.4 of 5 90 reviews
www.3ds.com Velizy-Villacoublay, France 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.4 90 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Dassault Systemes President and CEO Bernard Charles

Bernard Charles

(42 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The work-life balance is very good, and the atmosphere in the company is mostly nice"
    in 10 reviews
  • "mes is also ready to invest in cutting-edge technologies, which allows you to fidget a bit with very nice tech"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low salary, lack of communication, poor leadership, you can get shuffled around into another position without formally being told"
    in 3 reviews
  • "But since this is a French company, with the history of monarchy, this is representative of its management style"
    in 8 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDassault has a great benefits package and is a very well run company from financial standpoint. Willing to invest and develop next generation technologies

    ConsDassault Systemes by it's very nature is a very large organization with many different divisions. If you are used to working in a smaller organization that is very quick to move, you may face a few challenges

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    Great people make a great work environment

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Woodland Hls, CA

    ProsThe software engineers at DSA were very talented and extremely personable. That made the workplace environment very appealing. Benefits are outstanding. Management of the R&D was great.

    ConsThere is no upward mobility. Although it is great to have so many people there with 20+ years of experience in the company, the company lacks new and young blood. The pay is on the low end of salary averages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunities for the few young engineers to take more leadership roles. Better pay and more communication with the parent company in France.

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    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsAdvanced Technologies that U get to play

    ConsToo much traveling and far from home

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice experience: Diversity of experiences and freedom

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    Pros- Strong engineering culture; nice ambiance
    - Fun and appealing product
    - Freedom
    - Many opportunities: expatriations, jobs, industry and client exposure, etc

    Cons- Clear disconnect between high and middle mgt making your job delicate at times
    - Difficulties to set and communicate a clear strategy; company is torn between leading innovation/business tranformation and satisfying clients' needs pragmatically
    - Heavier and heavier processes hampering technological and business agility; people playing and hiding behind them; no clear accountability and responsibility
    - So-so compensation
    - Credential and network will make your career easier: coming out of the right school and knowing top management will ease your journey even if you excel in mediocrity

    Advice to Senior Management- Set up clear directions and communicate them clearly
    - Recover a customer-centric attitude, truth is always there
    - Put in place the right monitoring and accountability scheme to promote rational and educated decisions and to reward your employees based on factual results

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Technical Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsMarket leaders, growing at a tremendous pace. Innovative at the front of technology, with exciting brands above the competition with many job opportunities and career development.

    Conslots of work, but satisfying

    Advice to Senior Managementrecognise the small man on the street doing the hard work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Engineering the future... the poor man's way.

    R&D Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    Pros- Very good profit-sharing bonus (FR : "I&P"), only 2nd to the ones in banking AFAIK. About 20% of annual salary.
    - A lot of advantages like best French work council (FR : "CE"), facilities (parking, cantina, sport rooms, a lot of different classes)
    - Final products are quite amazing, powerful.
    - Atmosphere is rather relaxed.
    - Regular traineeships. 1/year let's say.

    Cons- A lot of people don't know how to program. This seems normal when you know that a lot of people do not come from the IT world but are mechanical etc engineers.
    - Bad technical ecosystem. They do everything in-house, and succeed in some process'/tools/FWs, but just don't have the manpower/skillfulness to compete with existing market solutions. If you prefer using git/C++ stdlib etc, don't go there :D
    - Some subjects keep resurfacing every 3-6 years, with no solution to them.
    - Internal competition leads to instability, wrong people at the wrong places, pressure.
    - Management chain is big, and too many technical decisions are made by the top who are simply unrealistic delay-wise.
    - Too much heterogeneous software practices, software... companies that are bought aren't ingested properly (or left to be there way).
    - Takes 5-10 years to become a manager of more than a few people

    Advice to Senior Management- Intermeditate/immeditate managment : try to find a way to not systematically comply to the pressure from your own boss. Think about what he's saying, if it's possible, then agree or modify his request.
    - High (Florack) : just go away
    - Employees not interested in IT, non-professionals : same as above
    There are good and interesting colleagues however!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A safe and solid company, but not the most captivating missions

    Software Research Engineer (Former Employee)
    Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    ProsA safe company in a very good situation, with no layoffs. The work-life balance is very good, and the atmosphere in the company is mostly nice. Dassault Systèmes is also ready to invest in cutting-edge technologies, which allows you to fidget a bit with very nice tech. Many available training sessions to get used to corporate tools. Also, lots of benefits.

    ConsAs a very large structure, it's not always easy to find the person that might help you, and the development environment is massive as well as quite restrictive (as a developer you have to deal with the homemade tools instead of using some standard ones). Not much growth, and a big part of the most interesting work is given either to interns, and there aren't many open positions in the most cutting-edge departments. The pay isn't the highest you could hope for. The upper management doesn't seem to get much approval from their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFrom what I've heard from some employees, the development cycles are a bit too idealistic and too short for developers, which leads to hasty development and poor quality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGlobal company with wide ranges of accountability offered to employees

    Consvery poor governance with a management working under FEAR
    very bad work life balance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So much potential wasted

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    ProsCompetitive Salary
    Interesting Project
    Relaxed environement and lot's of interesting and competent people.

    Cons-management that create entropy by having poor technical background
    -permanent internal competition that leads to poor strategy decision\
    -No recognition for programer. You have to become a manager if you want too be recognize. But it's often people who don't know how to code, and spend lot's of time in meeting, who get promoted. Thus there's a disconnection between management and programmer.

    Advice to Senior Managementit's not because one doesn't know how to code that he will be a good manager... this lead to technically poor management that can't understand what their staff are doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company overall, but ....

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI have worked in Brazil for Dassault Systemes for many years, very good people for most of the time I was an employee. Cutting edge technology. Great C level management.

    ConsThis comments are related to the changes after mid 2012. Local management disconnected from local team, with no care for the employees. Almost the whole team has left (not been fired) because the working environment went down the drain...

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevisit the local management relationship to the team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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