Simulia Reviews in Providence, RI

Updated April 29, 2014
Updated April 29, 2014
30 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - User Assistance Intern  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - User Assistance Intern in Providence, RI

    I worked at Simulia as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people, very flexible work time and great work culture. This company will definitely keep your sports interests alive. Many activities and knowledgeable seminars always going on.

    Cons

    Now since I haven't found any cons inside the company so I would say the location is not a great one. Also there is no cafeteria inside the company. But they are moving to a new campus in sometime September 2014 and the new campus has all the facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for software engineers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products; opportunities to work on challenging technical assignments; smart, dedicated people

    Cons

    Slow to react to market dynamics; Innovation managed from top down

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    For bright people this is a place to work for up to four years and then move on...

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get the feeling of grad school, flexibility and you work with smart stimulating people.

    Cons

    The compensation and salary are mediocre, if you include inflation your salary increases by 1.5% after years of work. Promotions are not merit base, they are pressure base. As a young talented engineer I will leave as soon as my GC is cleared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the salary, we have told you many times that salary and compensation is an issue in your multiple "best places to work review meeting" and that item is the one that you always skip because "you can't do much to improve it"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a good place to work, but limited growth opportunity in some areas.

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The DS corporate vision is exciting and energizing. The work environment is friendly and spacious. The culture is one of respect and an appreciation for intellectual property.

    Cons

    There is limited growth in some departments and the work/life balance is an issue for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more recognition for valued employees and encourage functional managers to provide more positive feedback on a regular basis. Years of service awards are nice, but not as meaningful if direct manager or functional manager does not acknowledge and show equal appreciation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    this company was founded in a good position in 70s, but now competitors are catching up.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    their product is reliable and incorporated new technology quickly. the product is used by all major industries in mechanical engineering including automobiles, aerospace, energy etc. and achieves good success. People in their development there work really hard. The company is changing rapidly to get aligned with the holding company product suite.

    Cons

    many good developers leave the company in recent years. The career path is not good. The salary is below average. A lot of meetings and talking. Only a small number of people finally get the core product moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep changing the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    A place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Working with some of the brightest people in the field of FEM and computational mechanics;
    - Most people are highly educated (PhD, MS), friendly and easy to interact with;
    - Satisfaction of contributing to an iconic and well-respected product (Abaqus) used by many companies and engineers around the world;
    - Cultural diversity;
    - Some work schedule flexibility (but depends on the manager);
    - Most of the technical managers are understanding people;
    - (Still) a decent vacation (3 to 5 weeks depending on for how long you have worked here);
    - Current location (although not in a nice neighborhood) is relatively close to downtown Providence;
    - Some (limited) travel opportunities (depending on the group, manager etc.);
    - Stability and growth of the company;

    Cons

    - Average benefits: benefits have been reduced year by year for the last several years, from good to average: 401k contribution was reduced; employee’s contribution to health insurance was introduced and has been increased year by year while the quality of the health plans decreased and so forth…
    - Low salaries, insignificant salary raises and mediocre bonuses for the last several years despite good company growth. Almost none of the big profit cascades down to those creating the products generating the income. Also, the company takes back some of raise by increasing the employee health care contribution etc.;
    - Many good technical people (support and development) left during the last year;
    - Career growth can be very slow and without much professional satisfaction. Depending on the group, you might have to deal with a huge amount of old code which can take up to several years to learn. Because of the average benefits newer developers do not stay that long anymore and talented people are hard to find. Work can be very dull at times: unless you joined the company 10-20 years ago, don’t expect you’re going to get the most interesting work, no matter your background, skills or interests. No opportunities to learn new programming skills (unless you do it on your own time). No opportunity to publish or do academic level research (except for a few people);
    - Recognition goes mainly to people who contribute to products with high visual impact. If your work cannot be visualized do not expect much recognition;
    - Uncertainty of HQ location in the near future;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make this a great place to work for great people … not a great place to work for average employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many smart and friendly people. Flexible hours and very understanding managers. Great culture and the company gives back to the communities.

    Cons

    They lost a lot of good employees when they move jobs to Share Services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like to do same thing again and again and again then this is 'the company' for you

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and average benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely slow pace, Yearly performance review and merit based increases are just lip services. No constructive feedback. Promotions and salary increases are based on which team you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intelligence Central...

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Over 80% of employees have a Masters or PhD. Great deal of innovation.

    Cons

    None (have to enter min. 5 words)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer messages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be an amazing company to work for. Now it is just average.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Simulia full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work with highly intelligent people from many different backgrounds

    Cons

    Companies destiny is controlled by parent company who only cares about profit. Salaries have not kept up with inflation/etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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