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AspenTech Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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AspenTech President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio Pietri
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  • "AspenTech has really good benefits and they seem to get progressively better year over year" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Everyone at Aspen are really good people" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible people. Fast work pace. Customer base is awesome. Technology rocks. Exciting time to be at Aspen.

    Cons

    Too much “red tape” , management needs to listen a bit more in Boston , let sales sell and less admin stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people to do their job -otherwise why hire them ? Speed up approval processes for paperwork - improve comp plan.


  2. "Stable job but very few growth Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AspenTech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable job, Good Health Care, Good for Entry level

    Cons

    Time-based Growth, Less flexible, Rigid management, Don't value employee, only 2.5% 401K matching

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible, Value hard working employee

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Aspentech is a software company, first and foremost."

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits finally just got better, with Aspentech recently coming more in line with tech companies offering RSU’s, a quarterly review system.

    Despite the negative reviews, salaries are on-par with the market just outside of Boston. Good pay.

    In R&D most of your coworkers are absolutely brilliant and accomplished individuals. You will feel imposter syndrome at the water cooler.

    Directors and lower management are top-notch, friendly, and open to feedback.

    Free coffee/tea/chocolate in the break rooms.

    Low turnover. Most people have been here 5+ years.

    Good interview process. Candidates meet with the team that needs them. It is a fair process because the questions asked during the interview are designed to tease out problem solving ability and personality.

    Cons

    For a business-casual dress-code, everybody sure dresses as if it’s all business.

    No doubt, the cubicle farm office environment looks like office space.

    Paying for lunch in the cafe.

    Not enough nice areas to get away from work, or work outside, or eat lunch.

    If you are a chemical engineer, Aspen is both a dream and a curse. You will become more of a software developer than a ChemE, and this experience won’t help you land a job in the chemical industry afterwards.

    Too many third party HR portals. You need to remember 10 passwords which all reset at different times, and remember where the information is in which service. It’s quite maddening.

    Agile-Fall development.

    WebEx, really?!

    Advice to Management

    As we transition into a tech company serving markets outside of fossil fuels, we have to adopt the innovate-or-die mindset. Good tech companies move fast and break things. Tech companies also have a certain culture that promotes failure while rewarding success.

    Chemical engineers may not be the best at managing software development outside of the ChemE industry.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior System Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AspenTech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Exposure to work
    Supportive employees for any work
    good work life balance
    Good Salary
    Free Parking

    Cons

    No Sabbatical vacation until you complete 5 years
    No work from home, but you can take once in a while

    Advice to Management

    Please allow work from home policy for special cases


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Backward Medieval Culture"

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    Former Employee - Management in Bedford, TX
    Former Employee - Management in Bedford, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate employees.

    Relatively less political environment. (due to the fact that there is zero employee empowerment up to the VP level).

    Place to build up your tolerance and resilence.

    Cons

    By far the most draconian company that I have worked for. I am just floored by how bad this company treats its employees. Employees are made to feel like they are disposable tissue paper that can be easily discarded and cheaply replaced. Loyalty is a word that does not exist here.

    Every decision is made by the "invincible" man from corporate HQ, from approving the recruitment of a entry level contract worker all the way to the something really minor such as the purchase of a coffee maker in the office. The pantry in the office is barebone. You will have only coffee, tea and sugar and creamer powder. That's all you get.

    There is a incredible amount of control by the management executives. There is zero automony to do what is right for the customers. There is total distrust by the management and feedback from the ground is regarded with great suspicion.

    Approvals have to be sought on practically everything; even for expense involving a couple of hundreds of dollars.
    Cost is controlled so tightly that even buying customers a formal dinner has to be approved by a ridiculous rounds of several levels i.e. your direct supervisor/VP/EVP/CFO/CEO. Even the SVP cannot buy a meal for customers without getting written approvals from the CFO/CEO.

    Employees are made to feel like they are diving down the cliff with their legs and hands handcuffed ! Sales guys are squeezed on their commission every year but have at the same time to meet even more stringent targets and quotas that are likely to put them on the losing end. Often you will get this feeling that the company is setting you up for failure. The concept of a nuturing environment is non-existent.

    Dont expect to get a condolence bouquet if some members of your family passed away. Similarly when you are hospitalised or your wife has given birth to a baby. Basic gestures like this is considered as an expense that will hit the bottomline of the company.

    The longer you stay in this company, the deeper you will stay in the pit and lose your confidence altogether. If you are building your career and hoping to pick up and hone your management skills, you have better stay away from this company ! If however, you are in your in your 50s and have absolutely no where else to go and need to put food on the table for the family, then perhaps there is not much of a choice for you !

    Advice to Management

    Dont fake reviews. Do the right thing and the dire situation in the company will right itself.


  6. "Excellent working experience and learning opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fast paced, people are brilliant

    Cons

    there are no cons here


  7. Helpful (1)

    "nice company good people less pay"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AspenTech full-time

    Pros

    nice intelligent people with lot of talent

    Cons

    low salary low hikes no extra benifits

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people develope and plan fast

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Meh, it's alright"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist
    Former Employee - Data Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people... I'm sure I could think of more if I tried hard enough

    Cons

    no culture, low pay, low raises, immutable, laptops that should be used as door stops

    Advice to Management

    Create room within teams for working on new technologies or you will become dated and fast. Maintaining existing platforms is important but so is researching areas for improvement. This will also allow your employees the ability to learn new technologies so you aren't keeping their skill set dated.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Quality Engineer"

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

    I have been working at AspenTech full-time

    Pros

    The manager of core automation team is really a good manager. He knows the art of management and willing to give advice to help you grow, both tech side and leadership. By far he is the best manager I have ever worked with.

    Company is acquiring new assets now and you will be exposed to different opportunities to work on the cutting edge knowledge while leveraging the AspenTech's best practices.

    Company have some very good people with different talents. I have made very good friends both on work and life.

    Cons

    Company is very strict on spending, too strict that sometimes will create some obstacles to your progress on achieving certain goal.

    Advice to Management

    This only applied to top management!!!Stop the penny wise and pound foolish, this will help you keep some best talented employees. Invest a little more on people.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good place to fulfill your passion"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance and smart coworkers

    Cons

    No career development, no promotion, and no salary increase


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