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AspenTech Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • AspenTech has really good benefits and they seem to get progressively better year over year (in 16 reviews)

  • Great Products with excellent technologies to work and learn (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • No work from home ever" mentality (in 13 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is non-existent (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Aspentech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good ground level employees
    Decent starting Salary

    Cons

    Management set in ways
    Review cycles with minimal increases

    Advice to Management

    Seek to understand, before being understood


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good products and people with short sighted vision and too much politics"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People is passionated about the products
    Products are fantastic
    People in the regions is hard working
    The development of products is thoughtful and seeks to hear customers
    Global leader in process simulation

    Cons

    Internal politics control everything
    Priorities shift all the time
    Complicated sales process
    Lacks internal procedures and processes
    Poor salary reviews
    Company culture fails to recognize the organization as a global company and behaves as an American company with many offices
    Decision making process is slow
    Lacks standardization and guidelines

    Advice to Management

    Turn the company into he global organization it can be

    Do not focus on hard delivery and faux dates for releases

    Support the regional staff to be successful

    Expand your vision beyond the quarter

    Change the metrics and incentives as they deliver the wrong message to the staff

    Invest in training and development

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Anonymous"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has Great health insurance, good vacation and holidays. There are many Excellent people to work with at this company.

    Cons

    No true leadership and the review process is a joke. People bending over backwards for customer satisfaction and receive little recognition of any at all.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to the little people and you will find your worker bee. They are the ones who are under paid and under acknowledged despite being the heart of the company.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Warning before you join"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Consultant in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Support Consultant in Katy, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AspenTech (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits ..one and only

    Cons

    autocratic management, zero flexibility, low pay, huge turn over, no growth.

    Advice to Management

    authoritarian leadership, no work-life balance, top down policy, and no appreciation for your employees will continue to increase the turn over. Value the opinion and emotions of your employee and stop exploiting.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "It is an OK company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent Health Benefits that is it

    Cons

    Salary, Management, HR is useless


  6. Helpful (9)

    "No Work Life Balance/High Turnover Rate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at AspenTech full-time

    Pros

    Nice people in areas outside the Order Operations Finance department

    Cons

    Not owning up to mistakes, department drama, micro manage in the Order Ops group. No balance around holidays, working ton of hours being under compensated, poor training, set you up to fail if you just started in your first year as management puts way too much pressure on you if you cause a high error rate, don't spend time to coach you so you are a successful employee, major power trip over people being promoted, glad I left when I did!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Not a good place to be"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You gain experience on an excellent software tool. You get to know nice people in the office and you can have good friends in there.

    Cons

    Too many Cons. The worst con of working there is the management. Starting from the very bottom to the top, the people who are managing the teams lack basic knowledge of everything.

    Advice to Management

    Be gone. There is no solution to fix that kind of mess you are into. You need to refresh the management team right away.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "Game of Thrones but for tech losers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary. Honestly some of the best, most dedicated colleagues I've known but generally not above manager level. Apologies to the few senior people who are solid. This review does not relate to you three. The company has a lock on its customers and makes a lot of money.

    Cons

    My fingers would freeze into arthritic claws before I'd run out of Cons to type. Fake reviews. Anything 3 or up is probably fake, which other reviewers have noted. No one likes working there. It's like the office scenes in The Matrix. It was also uncomfortable seeing the creepy infatuation with young female hires by certain senior leaders, although one was let go recently. Finally, one for the engineers - LCD (lowest common denominator) of talent and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep not listening to anyone and cutting employees to squeeze pennies from the balance sheet. Why not.


  9. Helpful (24)

    "Don't Bother To Waste Your Time There"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    AspenTech pulled themselves out of stock exchange de-listing which shows their commitment to staying afloat. They are a leader in their industry and have outlasted numerous competitors, or simply absorbed them into the business. They attempt to organize company 'fun' events and even have a dedicated committee to do such.

    Cons

    My years at AspenTech were the worst of my adult working life. When I joined the company there were very few employees with greater than 3 years tenure. I quickly learned why that was. AspenTech's management team cares only about themselves. They, along with high level HR representatives walk through the hallways with their eyes cast down to the floor to not have to engage with regular employees. Much of their time is spent looking for 'someone to blame' when things go wrong rather than focusing on a solution to the problem. Loyalty and regard for such do not exist at AspenTech. Rather than reward their best workers, they lump everyone together at review and evaluation time, decide upon a maximum they will spend on increases, and then expend a great deal of effort 'nit-picking' employees over non work-related issues to reduce their overall score on the employee review. Starting salaries are competitive, yet year-over-year increases are below cost of living increases. Work-life balance is another 'nonexistent' thing with AspenTech. Hours are set by management with no consideration for the needs of working parents or employees that travel more than 10 miles to work. Company expects 24 hour availability from employees by providing laptops, yet has a Draconian view of an employee working from home during blizzards, childcare emergencies, illness, etc. When it benefits Aspen they expect you to be available at all hours. When it benefits you - all bets are off. AspenTech is a bully culture environment with threats and intimidation being mistakenly viewed as 'motivation'. Managers should inspire their employees, not insult them.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Plain and simple. The overwhelming amount of negative reviews on this board paint an accurate picture of you and your company. The 'executive suite' at AspenTech is like the ninth ring of Hell in terms of the negativity you find there. Your periodic 'fun events' don't make up for the other 50 weeks of the year that you scream at, threaten, and outright abuse your employees. Your mocking 'humor attempt' slideshows at all-company meetings are not only unfunny, derogatory and insulting to many; they border on bias, racism, and discrimination. The most recent change in CEO has done nothing to improve the culture within or employee view of AspenTech. No amount of 'free cake' or 'fleece vests and beach towels with company logo' make it worthwhile to endure the day to day managerial ineptitude that plagues AspenTech.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Customer service"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get a lot of experience in the software business.
    Health benefits are very good.
    Co-workers are very friendly.

    Cons

    -Salary and raises are a joke compared to the amount of work they expect you to do.
    - Management turns a blind eye to problems & expect you to deal with it.
    -Untrained, unexperienced and disrespectful people are put in higher level positions, driving a whole department out of the company.
    -If there is a snow storm, do not expect your manager to let you work from home; instead they'll say: "Take your time getting here or use a vacation day".

    Advice to Management

    People don't leave bad companies, they leave bad managers.


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