MSC Software

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MSC Software Reviews in Santa Ana, CA

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MSC Software President & CEO Dominic Gallello
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Pros
  • If you like to work 24/7 this is a great place (in 3 reviews)

  • A profitable company and smart people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises for the last two years, layoffs, constant management changes and reorgs, and no clear path for future products (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good place to work

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very open working environment. And the entire company is working just as one team. Collegues are very friendly and open to help each other. There is one conference to show demo of the work progress every two week. This help colleagues communicate with each other very well an learn about the entire product of the company.

    Cons

    work loads a little bit demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meetings or conferences are a little bit often

  2.  

    Once a global leader continues its downward spiral

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Ana, CA

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

    Pros

    Skilled and dedicated employees. Interesting work with a wide variety of customers and customer problems.

    Cons

    Complete disconnect between the relentless focus on maximizing profit by the private equity owners and the desire of employees to build careers with a company that is respected by its customers. Once world class products have lagged behind to the point that they are almost a joke. Customer defection continues despite "Happy Ears" of executive management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that you are the smartest guys in the room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging Work, Great Peers, Micromanagement Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work is challenging and stimulating; technically well-educated and competent employees make working there interesting. Salary is midline, benefits look good on the surface.

    Cons

    CEO oversight of even the most trivial decisions and the micro-management culture filters to lower echelons. There is no respect for the employee life-work balance. Superiors call late into the evening expecting you to respond; 60-80 hr work weeks are the norm and mandatory weekends are common. Evidence of discriminatory practices. Top positions rarely filled from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An MSC customer from a large aerospace company was once discussing the current CEO after a company conference, saying 'He makes me feel so small.' The sad part was that I didn't have anything to counter with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    One bad CEO after another, and counting...

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    Former Employee - One Level Below the Executive Suite in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - One Level Below the Executive Suite in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It still has a pulse.

    Cons

    Not competitive on salary, but decent benefits. Too many unqualified members of the executive management team, compared with too many who don't get the recognition they deserve. The CEO is one of the most egocentric people I've met in my career. His approach to employee motivation is to openly humiliate people into his way of thinking. New ideas are immediately dismissed as crazy. If you're a woman, forget about it, you don't have a chance with this guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The products are old, tired, and way too expensive. As a result, MSC has a very poor reputation in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good company to work with.

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked as a Front End developer Intern during summer 2012. Really good team and good manager. Made to work on Drupal CMS on which I got a good experience. Got to meet so many people.

    Cons

    Did not have very challenging tasks but few were so somewhat satisfied. Working in other developer position would have been worth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good old days

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    you do what they want and get paid

    Cons

    they don't have clear direction. You won't have clear job description for you either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many employee(more than 20%) doing only scheduling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Very stressful accounting department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice to work with

    Cons

    Controller very demanding create stress non supportive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove controller

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant with no growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at MSC Software

    Pros

    Great peers and engineers and are helpful to each other. Try to do the best they can with that they are dealt with.

    Cons

    Lousy management with little concern for professional growth of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is too unstable.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software

    Pros

    Good camaraderie among co-workers. 401K matching.

    Cons

    Just can't' tell when the company will arrive at stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The open work space concept without offices just DON'T work!!! It's too noisy and too disruptive and too many opportunities for people to engage in non-essential small talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    MSC is an entirely different company now with STG

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at MSC Software

    Pros

    My direct manager was most excellent, I dearly miss him and working for him.

    I am confident that STG and Dominic will be good for MSC in the long-run, they have a long-term, not Wall Street-based vision.

    Cons

    Not much sense of adventure or greater purpose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a strong in-house design capability. Take a look at what Autodesk is doing in this area.

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