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Altair Engineering Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • good environment good work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The work culture is simple awesome (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • no cons as such, but nobody/nothing is perfect (in 5 reviews)

  • The work environment is professional but it isn't all that exciting, as in you don't find it to be an energetic workplace (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "MotionView Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People at Altair is nice and professional. As an intern, I learned a lot about the industry. My manager cares a lot about my personal development. People there hold very strict criteria about their products, and they welcome new ideas.

    Cons

    The canteen is small, and people usually have lunch at nearby restaurants or bring their lunch from home. Luckily, there are some nice restaurants around the company.

    Advice to Management

    The training for intern


  2. "Chief Financial Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Ownership, Opportunity to impact course of Company

    Cons

    Too small to utilize my talents

    Advice to Management

    Get a strong controller and day to day manager


  3. "Great work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work life balance, myriad product lineup, predictable

    Cons

    employee perks, remuneration, growth,


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  5. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Interface Designer in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - User Interface Designer in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altair Engineering (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Challenging environment, Interesting projects

    Cons

    Pay scale is too low


  6. "Software engineer intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altair Engineering (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to work on latest technologies
    Flexible timing
    Hardworking employees
    Good management

    Cons

    Lack of systematic organization within company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead - Compute Manager in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Lead - Compute Manager in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work life balance
    Flexible work hours
    Very innovative
    Great leadership by CEO and CTO
    Great healthcare service

    Cons

    Not so clear roadmap on products and initiatives
    Some teams really work silos


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, customer focused and employee focused. Real commitment to customer service. Great benefits package (health care) and facilities.

    Cons

    Career advancement opportunities are limited but improving as the company continues to grow. Below market compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on communication with all employees not just those at the highest levels.


  9. "CAE Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work,
    work and personal life balance is good

    Cons

    I have nothing to say bad about this company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work what you guys are doing.


  10. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Integrity Intern in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Software Integrity Intern in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altair Engineering (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work culture is simple awesome. Working on one of the best technologies out-there only makes you love the job more.

    Cons

    No real issues for me.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Nice Place To Work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altair Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers were seriously amazing and inspiring people to work with.

    Employees really care about what they're working on, even when it's dry engineering stuff like FEA calculations.

    The culture is extremely relaxed, with an excellent work-life balance, flexible hours, and that general feeling that you can approach problems however you want so long as the work gets done in the end in a reasonable timeframe.

    Upper management people seem like great guys.

    Cons

    For being the company's world headquarters, the main building isn't kept up very well at all. This ranges from trivial things that affect the atmosphere of the work environment like lots of stained carpets, chips in the walls, burned out lights, random empty desks with garbage all over them to work blockers like random frequent building-wide power outages and major heating/cooling issues.

    They've been actively moving towards agile development, which benefits management/business people a lot more than the engineers and just ends up slowing down progress.

    As others have said, the pay is "meh" at best.

    Unless you're at the top or close to the top of the ladder as an engineer, you get treated like a child by IT in regards to your computer equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Take some pride in your offices, especially your world headquarters for goodness sake.


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