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ANSYS Reviews

Updated June 15, 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. "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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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".


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mature Market - Disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products, leadership cheap with employees

    Cons

    Employee morale very low, people not willing to help, very disorganized culture
    territories are too small for mature market - unrealistic quotas- boys club mentality in sales

    Advice to Management

    Make big changes to retain top talent, look at your leaders and make changes as needed...


  5. Helpful (5)

    "On wrong direction, hopefully it turns"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Europa, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Europa, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good technology
    - lots of clever people
    - People are very hard working and helpful
    - Payment is good

    Cons

    - Lots of acquisitions that gives impression of loosing focus
    - Some managers are destroying this awesome company
    - Company has become to rigid when it comes to listen to field (Sales, application engineers).

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your employees voice
    - Let people talk to identify and remove problems
    - Please hire competent managers and not only give title to people that do not deserve the title. They are very harmful for the business...
    Good that the new CEO has already started with this cleaning!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product line across multiple physics disciplines.

    Cons

    Highly political environment. Lots of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees in a more positive manner.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "ANSYS Employment Outlook"

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

    Pros

    Very capable workforce. Very good technology.

    Cons

    The nature of the CAE industry is that it is maturing, and the only way for a company like ANSYS to grow is to invest heavily in new growth paths. However, in recent years the executive team remains more so fixated on cash flow and operating margin, which isn't necessarily incorrect, yet in this case it's at the expense of developing new products and new sales channels. This has left the company in the position where new growth is difficult. A plateau is basically there. ANSYS is not unique, and other significant CAE firms in the space are falling to acquisition in recent years. Only work for ANSYS in a position that you expect to survive an acquisition, as that's the likely next step for this firm, and it appears that's the senior management team's strategy from their actions if not their statements.

    Also recognize that if you enter this company in a junior or mid-level position there are few opportunities for advancement beyond mid-level ranks. The company is not growing significantly in terms of organic growth, which is needed for the organization to grow accordingly.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ANSYS full-time

    Pros

    Large, stable company. Operate out of many offices around the world. Decent opportunity for advancement or mobility within the company.

    Cons

    My company was part of an acquisition and the way it was handled and continues to be handled is terrible. They have no clue how to integrate companies once acquired. The company is bogged down by processes and much of their marketing team have technical backgrounds and know little to nothing about marketing. Their HR department is awful - hard to reach and not very nice people.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to acquire companies.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company takes leading role in engineering simulation industry.

    Cons

    The company has gradually lost those good old traditions and became more management judgement than technology innovation. Employees concern more office politics than engineering itself.

    Advice to Management

    Please give opportunities to people who can do a good job, not to those who are good at playing politics.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Growing company with heavy turnover"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSYS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Been with the company for many years and the money can be good when you have a good year. The company is also aggressive about acquiring technology to complement their offering.

    Cons

    In the San Jose, CA location there is heavy turnover. It's a tough environment where the top players get ousted on occasion and new employees are often washed out quickly. Morale has gone done as of late and the word seems to be getting around that this isn't a company that values their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look towards achieving common beliefs and values across all locations in the sales teams.


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