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A hell for bright programmers.

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Current Employee - Development Programmer  in  Framingham, MA
Current Employee - Development Programmer in Framingham, MA

I have been working at Meditech

Pros

Meditech is a good place to get entry-level experience (sort of, see caveat in next section). The majority of hires are fresh out of college with no experience whatsoever. If you're on the younger side you'll appreciate the large number of similarly-aged peers.

Cons

Pay is grossly below industry averages for your first several years of employment. For developers you're getting experience, but development is done with proprietary languages so you aren't really gaining much value on the open market. The languages used are vastly behind the times--they are significantly less powerful than nearly any modern language. Also, many standard software development practices are practiced poorly, or ignored entirely (source control, automated unit testing). Additionally, all employees are given fifteen inch monitors. Yes, developers too. Programmers beware: if you're into computer science and modern software development you WON'T be happy here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hiring only entry level folks creates a vacuum of new ideas. By the time someone has the POWER to change something, they've been fully indoctrinated into the Meditech way of doing things. No one with 5 years of experience will join the company, so you don't have anyone who has seen a better way of doing things to kick and scream to point out the crazy parts of our processes.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for those fresh out of college looking for a launching pad.

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

    I have been working at Meditech

    Pros

    Very easy to get a job with them out of college. Five cent soda vending machines. Cafe lunch is cheap usually between $2-5. Easy going and relaxed atmosphere. Most people are very friendly. Good health care benefits.

    Cons

    There are three main divisions at MEDITECH: development, implementation, and client services with each division broken up into separate groups by the application they support. As a programmer try to get into development with one of the clinical applications if you want any respect.

    Be warned: Turnover is very high. The pay is low by industry standards.

    The MAGIC technology is antiquated. Even the latest Client/Server 5.6 tech is the same limited Visual Basic 4.0-like language just with a new blue GUI. So make sure you keep your tools sharpened: object-orientated programming, SQL databases, IDE's aren't used here. After a few years you'll be stuck working here if you don't...

    Everything from pay raises, cafeteria menus, and product design decisions are approved at a Vice President level. Why?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Number one priority must be to improve software usability and design. From a feature standpoint, MT is about five years behind the rest of the industry and I don't see any effort company wide to try to catch up. The execs seem to be very happy with the status quo and focus on maintaining and servicing our current customers. The industry seems ripe for the picking while MT is just standing idly by...

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    entry level job that's right for some but not all.

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

    I have been working at Meditech

    Pros

    job security, laid back atmosphere in some buildings, free golf passes at start of golf season

    Cons

    starting salary is low which is understandable for an entry level position, but raises must be given on a $1200 scale and must stay within managements budget for raises for a particular quarter. if you happen to be up for a raise at a time when a lot of other people are or when the company might not be having a great quarter then you will not get a sufficient raise regardless of job performance.

    there's no 401k, although there is a profit sharing plan so as long as the company is doing well then it is ok, but if the company takes a financial slide then we are in trouble.

    there's not much equality between some of the groups when it comes to general rules like taking time off, dress code, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stand up for your group. when there are 8 groups under one director who could be chosen to do a particular project and one group gets chosen be straightforward with the reason. when asked "why is our group responsible for this when we have this and that to do while that other group doesn't seem to have any responsibilities?" the correct answer isn't "i don't know, we just have to do it..." it should be "i agree but i feel like this group can handle the work and it will get done right" or "you're right, next time i'll take that into consideration before volunteering for something." no passing the buck - be straightforward.

    do a better job equalizing the workload, or pay the ones who work harder more.

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