SolidWorks

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SolidWorks Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SolidWorks

    Pros

    Working with highly talent people, a wonderful place to learn and improve your CAD/CAGD knowledge/skills. Good benefits. Very stable company.

    Cons

    Compensation is not good enough. It's not easy to move out of CAD industry. Turn over rate is very low.

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    Overall a great product to work on that's got plenty of life left in it and customers who love us.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SolidWorks for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Its stable and there are still interesting products to work on that remain competitive and in demand.

    Cons

    Internal competition confuses what used to be a really clear strategy. The strategy keeps changing too. Fortunately, bottoms up decision making keeps this product thriving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find niche markets for new products that don't overlap current products to minimise a potentially confusing strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bell curve, UPs and then DOWNs

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    Current Employee - Territory Technical Manager - Analysis Products  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Technical Manager - Analysis Products in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    The people you work with; the perks; brand recognition and types of work one gets involved

    Cons

    culture change, more work not balanced with compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people. Plenty of opportunities to advance or reinvent your career and challenge yourself.

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    Current Employee - Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Outstanding group of people. Time for people stuck in the past who refuse to grow up and evolve to leave and let new people who are excited about the opportunity to contribute and step in

    Cons

    No different than any other 3+ billion dollar company challenges. People who stayed too long and want the company and the industry to stay the same when Windows was just introduced. Sigh - exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the people who want to grow and evolve.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be the best pace to work - turned into just another big company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SolidWorks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are some of the best I have ever worked with

    Cons

    Executive DS management isn't in touch with the most up to date technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slowly dying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    The SolidWorks management is great. These people truly care about the business, the employees and the customers.

    Cons

    Dassault Systemes has decided to truly assimilate SolidWorks over that few years, and has killed much of the corporate culture. The top level execs in Paris don't understand the customers or the business, and are trying to cram a one size fits all approach onto a business that operates much differently than the high end segment they are used to dealing with. Working conditions in the open office Waltham campus are terrible. It's impossible to focus on your work with the constant distractions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more SolidWorks people in top positions. The company would be better for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proceed with caution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SolidWorks

    Pros

    People you work with are great

    Cons

    Top level management micro manages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Stayed too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at SolidWorks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    * Modern office environment. Great cafeteria and free fitness facility.
    * CAD software is visual and exciting to work with.
    * Many smart colleagues to interact with.
    * Great about allowing employees to change jobs or careers. Many success stories of people doing that.

    Cons

    * Culture shifted dramatically in last few years. Founders left. Dassault Systemes started incessantly pushing their influence into every aspect of work life.
    * Move to Waltham, MA was a dreadful decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    5 years ago, I would have told them to keep Dassault Systemes away. Just let SolidWorks make money and be happy. These days, it's too late as DS has infiltrated the culture and stifled innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Nice people to work with!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    People are very experienced and nice. Flexible management, and working hours.

    Cons

    The pace is a little bit slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool start to a career!

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Concord, MA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Concord, MA

    I worked at SolidWorks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, plenty of different interests.
    Company makes buckets of money and plenty splashes over the side to you - most of the time you live within your own means, but about a dozen times per year you're treated like a king. Good Pats/Sox/Celts tickets, great meals, all-company meetings where questions are welcome.
    You'll get what you think you need for your job almost all the time.
    Rapid turnover allows you to move jobs when you get bored.

    Cons

    Pay used to be great and no longer is - raises in-grade are small.
    About 1/3 of your friends will leave every year.
    Office environment used to be great, a real "round table" environment where the only change in offices between VP level and peasant level was an extra 60 square feet of open carpet. Now hardly anyone gets their own office or even cubicle. The building they moved to is too small.
    All of the founders have left. They were good at finding talent, so the company is still healthy, but it's now DS Solidworks, not SolidWorks Corp (primarily owned by DS).
    SolidWorks employees used to have unlimited decision-making authority - if you disagreed with someone's decision, you walked into their office and they either changed it or explained it. Now it all goes through France and takes a lot longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company grew by a factor of 100 between 1997 and 2007. Why on earth would you change that? Get out and just accept your $100,000,000 annual profit check. Leave the Waltham group in charge of SolidWorks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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