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ANSYS Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance giving you time to think and develop ideas of your own (in 19 reviews)

  • The awesome work environment is just another added incentive for your employment there (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is filled with idiots (in 8 reviews)

  • low salary, difficult task to do (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Exciting and Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with customers on their applications, helps with understanding and broadening of understanding of how engineering is playing an important role in the world around us.

    Cons

    Work load at times becomes very hectic when juggling between different clients.


  2. "Very good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    Manager and mentor are kind and helpful. Relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    Low pay rate compared to other tech companies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canonsburg, PA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ANSYS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool products. Good people. Incredible breath and depth of product offerings. Strong customer base.

    Cons

    The senior staff make about 50x more in stock than they do with their salary, so everything is about the stock price. Due to that, you can have high single digit organic growth and a 48% net operating margin, but still, no one is happy.

    Headquarters has piped in "white noise" due to the open environment to mask hearing other conversations. Some find it annoying. Some get noise cancelling headsets to wear while working.

    Poor cloud strategy.


  4. "Good company to build solid engineering and leadership skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and variety of work, responsibilities, projects. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Technical thought leaders path gets saturated


  5. "Senior Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for developers and good work flexibility

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  6. "Principal Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    Enjoying working in high technology development

    Cons

    Release driven development sometimes adds additional stress

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Customer focused. CEO appears to be on-point.

    Cons

    Silo'd work environment with very little communication or sharing between business units. Risk-averse culture. Sub-par salaries for hi-tech areas.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of very smart people throughout the company but IT policies and corporate structure has put up firewalls between them.

    Update pay and benefits to be in line with other hi-tech companies.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management could do a lot better."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ANSYS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent products and product vision.

    Cons

    Horrible at execution of their product vision. A toxic work atmosphere and a culture of blame.

    Advice to Management

    Set the vision and direction for the company and then empower the employees to accomplish the plan.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Decent company, but avoid the Business Operations Department."

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    Former Employee - Customer Relations Coordinator (CRC) in Canonsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Coordinator (CRC) in Canonsburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ANSYS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent vacation and sick day benefits.
    Shiny new HQ building.

    Cons

    ANSYS is relatively a good company to work for, however, the company grew far too quickly for its own good. Many, many, many policies and procedures are archaic relics of a bygone era. In the past 10 years, the company has basically only grown via acquisition of other companies, with no real internal development. The licensing structure is at least a decade out of date. Most of the time, the answer to the customer is "no" or "you can't do that unless you pay X amount more".

    Every department except for Sales and R&D is understaffed.

    Personal Projects. A large part of your workload (and 35% of your yearly review) revolves around projects that are generally only vaguely related to the actual function of the department. Most of these are pure busy work, while others involve trying to develop procedures for people in other departments. Your supervisor will receive most of the credit for a successful project. If another department does not want to go along with a project (i.e. the IT department can't spend man hours or money on a Bus Ops idea) you will be held responsible for that. The most infamous ongoing project is the "Team Competition" where you compete against other colleagues via quizzes on procedures, crossword puzzles, and 6th grade science/art projects. One of these worthwhile activities was to make a macaroni portrait of the director of Bus Ops,... you can't make this stuff up.

    Bus Ops is ran as the personal fiefdom of the Director, who absolutely does not care about anything other than his (very large) ego, and discussing sports. (Pro tip, if for some reason you want to work there, make sure you know everything about baseball), Several years before my time at ANSYS was over, he actually forbade any discussion of "office morale". One of his catch phrases was "you can always find a different job." Despite this, you will be expected to drink the Kool Aid and show unwavering enthusiasm for the Company, the Customer, and, especially, your Personal Projects.

    Nepotism is rampant in the the hiring and promotion of the staff. The "supervisors" busy themselves seeking the director's favor and working on personal projects (there's that phrase, again) instead of actually leading their teams. In order to have time to complete these projects, the actual supervisor duties have been delegated to Senior CRCs (who, with few exceptions, are personal friends or a spouse of a supervisor). If you know any of them, by all means, you should submit a resume.

    Pay raises and bonuses are insultingly low, barely above inflation. When it is time for your yearly review, you will almost certainly rate a consistent 2 to 3, on a 5 -point scale. for every criterion of the review. It is an open secret in the company that the director has instructed his underlings to not rate anyone a 3.5 or above, unless your project catches the praise of upper management. Your supervisor, who likely did nothing but listen to you report on the work you did on the project, will receive a higher score than you for your work. No other department rates their staff in this manner.

    Every trivial piece of information is treated as Top Secret, and secrets are traded almost as a commodity amongst the entire department. A culture of backstabbing also exists. My advice is to keep your ears open and your mouth closed.

    Advice to Management

    I hate to borrow a Trump phrase, but "drain the swamp".


  10. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at ANSYS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good at engineering simulation industry

    Cons

    Behind of rapid growing Web application


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