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Altair Engineering Reviews

Updated February 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "Awesome place to work with,work life balance,flexible timing" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Great work culture and people to work with, Lot of experts available to expand your knowledge" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "none, no cons, five words minimum" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Dynamic work environment may make "planner types" uncomfortable" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altair Engineering part-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and the team, nothing really bothers

    Cons

    Haven’t noticed yet as an intern


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Troy, MI

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

    Pros

    Worked onsite at Ford through Altair and their management was amazing.
    Salary was competitive.
    Good number of vacation days.

    Cons

    Not much growth.
    Not much representation at customer site.

  3. "OK place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    You get a paycheck. Not many pros for their contract workers.

    Cons

    Seem to be just a number to them if you're a contract worker. Lots of benefits if you work at HQ or are close to them. If you're further away, not many perks or support. Plus, if the company you're contracted to drops you so will Altair.


  4. "Nice place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altair Engineering full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home, multi-cultural workforce, on-site clinic, promotes innovation

    Cons

    below market compensation, slightly unorganized,


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to start working

    Cons

    none that needs to be improved


  6. "Good work life balance. Company believes in innovation. Compensatiob may not be on high side but pays good enough"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance. Very good health care benefits (on campus clinic, gym and good health insurance). Leadership has good vision for company and believes in trying new things.

    Cons

    In some teams career may get stagnant


  7. "Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, nice benefits

    Cons

    Pay is bellow market average.

  8. "Software Dev Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altair Engineering (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, Positive Environment, Helpful, Challenging, Autonomy

    Cons

    Not many cons to be honest


  9. "Great work culture and people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altair Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture and people to work with, Lot of experts available to expand your knowledge

    Cons

    Being off-site most of the time you can't take advantage of all the privileges.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth the stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altair Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is the biggest pro to Altair as most managers will allow you to work when you can. This company tends to treat software engineers better. But for anyone going into a business unit, it is not a good environment.

    Cons

    -Pay is much lower than market average and management tries to avoid raises. Many will add money to "variable" instead of "base" pay. By the end of the year they will find reasons to take away your variable and whatever is issued is taxed at 40%
    -Management is out of their field of study in most business units which leads to zero training and organization
    -Re-organization is happening constantly and job duties are typically shifted among members often which can be confusing. Especially when a team member leaves and they choose to disperse activities rather than backfill.
    -No performance evaluations or feedback coming from upper management
    -Male contributions valued higher over females. While they stress diversity, there is a lack thereof.
    -Antiquated systems that were built in-house 30 years ago. This makes it near impossible to have accurate data which could severely affect your work.
    -Money is being invested in new developments with little profit expectations rather than their human capital.
    -No growth opportunities, only lateral movements.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and act on their concerns. Update your systems and processes. Standardize procedures globally. Move quicker on decisions and improvements.