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PTC Reviews in Blaine, MN

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
282 Reviews
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Pros
  • This company has good work life balance and gives average salary as per industry standard (in 50 reviews)

  • PTC provides flexible schedules and allows developers to work from home as needed (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Weak Human Resource focus and immature Company Culture can cause work /life balance issues (in 19 reviews)

  • Nepotism and favoritism run rampant throughout the ranks, especially in upper management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work with lots of opportunity to learn and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Blaine, MN

    I have been working at PTC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and an open atmosphere that allows you to choose your own career path if you work for it. There are also very few rigorous deadlines and management keeps the workload at a manageable amount, which keeps the stress out of your average day.

    Cons

    Large corporate structure does slow down decision making and some of the tools and technologies being used are outdated because of the inability to quickly adapt to the changing industry - I believe this is mostly because of the size of the company and the freedom teams get over their daily work makes them complacent and hesitant to make changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for innovation, even where employees and business units are doing well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Consultants have a chance to learn a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Services Consultant in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Global Services Consultant in Blaine, MN

    I have been working at PTC (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You get to work with some really, really smart people
    - Many employees passionate about their jobs
    - Strong dedication to customer success
    - Great place to learn and start your career
    - A lot of great middle managers that protect their employees
    - Various departments (services, R&D, tech support) are generally pretty well-aligned

    Cons

    - Always an identity crisis at PTC; results in corporate rebranding every year or two
    - Too many levels of upper management; very reactionary to maintaining stock prices and keeping bottom line
    - Too many Heppelmanns work here
    - Training classes are a joke, but hey, at least you get to go!
    - Promotions/progressions are pretty steady, but they're slow, and you have to wait your turn
    - Once you hit the mid-level, not much room for growth; recommend you try going horizontal before you go vertical again
    - Those in QA, solution center and tech support probably have it the worst

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - No need to keep flattening and re-inflating the organization every other year
    - Pick an organizational identity and go with it
    - Make the training classes mean something

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Blaine, MN

    I have been working at PTC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great, talented and support one another. WFH opportunities really help with work/life balances when you have sick kids or need to go to an appointment in the middle of the day. On the right project, educational opportunities abound, otherwise, you're on your own.

    Cons

    Seem to always be under a constant grind for the next release. Even though upper management talks about being more like Google, they fail to implement policies that would make it so. Employees come after shareholders and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the employees start leaving it will be harder to keep the shareholders and customers happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Culture and Fantastic Company

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

    I worked at PTC full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people, openness to ideas, and passion for work. We could take time to work from home if we needed to. The people make the culture. I loved how we could bring ideas to the table and feel like we could share openly with each other.

    Cons

    Can feel a bit distant from the CEO in Boston at times if you work in a remote office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were great with trying to hear people's voices within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Blaine, MN

    I have been working at PTC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Know the actual software development workflow.

    Cons

    My job is too much related to selenium tests, which has many unresolved problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The manager is nice, the team is awesome, they offered me much help when I was in trouble.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Other reviews are pretty spot on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in Blaine, MN

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

    Pros

    -- Flexible work hours
    -- Work from home opportunities
    -- Great coworkers
    -- Fast-paced, interesting work
    -- Very little micromanaging
    -- GREAT opportunity for interns -- pay interns very fairly.

    Cons

    -- Constantly changing directions. Reactionary.
    -- Regular layoffs - probably 2-3 rounds a year. Lots of rounds of hiring/firing.
    -- Very little room to move forward. As others have said, people will stay in the same position for 20 years.
    -- No bonuses or raises for many of the past years.
    -- RAMPANT nepotism. Lots of layoffs, and then the upper management's husband/daughter/niece/nephew gets hired. Family members/family friends are regularly given more flexibility and opportunity. I've never seen anything like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The nepotism is distasteful. Figure out your workforce numbers and stabilize. Having layoffs every other quarter, followed by rounds of hiring, is stressful and creates a lot of resentment between employees and upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    PTC=Place of Temporary Careers

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

    I have been working at PTC full-time

    Pros

    None. Management by pout. Layoffs, only to rehire with interns

    Cons

    It's worse than it sounds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Maid who Lives in a Dirty House

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Blaine, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Blaine, MN

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

    Pros

    Top-of-the-Line products and services
    Fun Co-Workers
    Lots of PTO
    Competitive Salary at higher levels

    Cons

    Does not Practice what they Preach (messy internal information network)
    Middle and Upper Management are Prickly at best
    Demanding Hours
    Lots of Travel
    Not clear in position requirements and expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the training program.
    Provide clear and concise expectations before and during the interview process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a decent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blaine, MN

    I have been working at PTC

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good job flexibility.

    Cons

    Many people work here a long time (10, 15, even 20+ years), so, if you don't start near the top, your career will stall.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A positive place work that promotes growth and work-life balance while offering new challenges to employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Blaine, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Blaine, MN

    I worked at PTC

    Pros

    Talented employees.
    Ability to move between development teams or organizations.
    Fun, casual and relaxed work environment.
    Promotes work life balance.
    Ability to work remotely.
    Great front-line management who care.
    Employee development and career progress is emphasized.
    Good benefit structure.
    Collaboration is encouraged, no knowledge hoarding.

    Cons

    Salary below market.
    Continual reorganization of upper/senior management and business units.
    Reactionary policies to market and economic trends.
    Process heavy about front-line management.
    Globally diverse teams creates small windows to allow for 1-1 communication.
    Continually changing company vision and re-branding creating confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less reactionary to economic conditions and more proactive and conservative in approach. This has gotten better with the new CEO but is still apparent. Similarly, senior management needs to be less concerned about shareholder value and more concerned about employee satisfaction.

    Recommends

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