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Aptima Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aptima part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work.
    Great co-workers.
    Flexible environment.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many non productive meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Try to cut back on meeting time so employees can do more meaningful project work.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Very good at first, then went downhill"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -If you work overtime, you (usually) get paid for it
    -Mostly small and short-term projects, so you get exposed to a lot of different work
    -You get to have a lot of input and decisions on the projects that you work on, very little bureaucracy
    -Friendly people/coworkers
    -Get to travel to various places in the US (mostly military bases), great way to see other states
    -Everyone has their own office, but there are also collaboration areas

    Cons

    -Below market pay. Lots of smart/good people have left recently. They didn't feel appreciated, partly due to below market pay and very low raises. New hires, who were not as good, were getting paid a lot more than older employees... I believe Aptima had to pay new hires market rate in order to get them to join, while older employees were kept at the lower salaries.
    -Most of the projects you work on never get put into real world use
    -It can take forever to get things done if you have to interact with other companies or the government
    -Some managers are good and some aren't. Your experience here relies greatly on your manager
    -Little transparency, feels like upper management wants to run the company and keep workers in the dark

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore employee complaints.

  3. "It's like numerous startups in one"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of independent, driven individuals; Interesting projects and problems; Great culture and co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of work (though no unpaid overtime, no required overtime), pay can be lower than comparable software jobs in Boston

    Advice to Management

    keep listening to your employees


  4. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture and values. Great company to learn new stuff. Although it has a formal hierarchical organization, most employees can manage projects and therefore in reality it provides a matrix organization.

    The company is very well managed and it has the right amount of structured processes.

    Cons

    Although there are many opportunities to grow internally, real internal promotions are hard. From the perspective of an individual this can be see as a con, but is a reflection of the low employee rotation, meaning that employees are happy and not looking to move elsewhere.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Positive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people. Small business feel with big business benefits. Interesting R&D projects. Flexible work hours. Freedom to work independently with very little micromanagement. Making slow but steady progress away from small business grants toward larger, longer (i.e., more stable) contracts, which has reduced stress on technical staff compared to prior years. The job security is excellent due to a diversified customer portfolio and a great financial team that keeps the books clean.

    Cons

    Government contracting can be a slow, ugly process -- not the company's fault, but this is 95%+ of their business, and hence an unfortunate reality. Proposal writing must be done year-round, which can be stressful and not for everyone. As an R&D company, only a small percentage of products actually transition into the hands of end users (though this aspect is improving). Some employees get stuck working too many projects which makes it hard to focus on any 1 project, however this has gotten better the past few years and is moreso a problem for those who have been here for 5+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the employee focus that has fostered good innovation in the past. Try to get more into commercial work.


  6. "Room to innovate and grow"

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

    I worked at Aptima full-time

    Pros

    Lots of latitude to develop new lines of research and development. Great group of really smart people.

    Cons

    Can be tough if you are not a project leader.

    Advice to Management

    Employees really care about their labor plans... keep them full.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn, but not to have a career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Aptima gives you the opportunity to work on interesting projects and learn new technology; They are a smaller company with little bureaucracy, and give you alot of independence; Salary is decent and other benefits (profit sharing, flexible leave time, insurance, etc.) are probably better than average

    Cons

    In the 5+ years I've worked here, not 1 project I've worked has resulted in a tangible product that can be used by anyone. Sometimes you will work on 5+ projects at the same time which makes it very difficult to focus and be productive, especially when you know at the the end of the day what you are making will never be used by anyone. Some people like the culture, but I feel like there is not enough accountability on employees, leaving a small few left to make things happen (this might be universal to all companies though). There is no steady stream of revenue that comes from product sales; all revenue is generated from winning research grants from the government which is very stressful, especially when the government decides not to fund projects. There are very few engineers who make their way into any kind of management role, almost all of management are research scientists. Working with the government is a pain, which is where 99% of Aptima's business comes from.

    To sum up, if you are an engineer and want to actually make something usable, this isn't the place for you. If you are a scientist and like to research things and don't really care if what you do makes its way into someone's hands, you'll probably like working here.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your current and future employees about who Aptima really is and what you are trying to be; unless the company changes, I would alter your tag line to Human Centered "Research" (instead of Engineering), because that's really what the company is doing (which is fine for some people).

  8. "Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Aptima full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about their work
    Cool projects in training/performance optimization, robotics/ai, analytics, etc - very open door and lots of opportunities to learn
    Most importantly, brilliant people to work with

    Cons

    Dealing with remoteness between offices / separated team members , but an unavoidable problem with any growing company

    Advice to Management

    Thanks