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3.0
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52%
Recommend to a Friend
33%
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Svante Littmarck
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great product and intelligent people to work with(in 9 reviews)

  • "Casual environment, friendly employees, great work-life balance, many opportunities for promotion within(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Benefits: non-existent, no 401k match, very expensive mediocre health insurance, no bonus (you get a(in 10 reviews)

  • "100 holiday bonus, less than average health benefits, and no matching 401k(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time

    Pros

    Everyone has their own office (some shared with one other person) Great office and location Friendly employees

    Cons

    The development in the area is adding traffic

  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at COMSOL full-time

    Pros

    Team of hard working individuals Management is Understanding

    Cons

    Limited Growth opportunity Ambiguity in role and responsibilities

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Bad bad place - don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time

    Pros

    You can learn from some colleagues. Product is reasonably good.

    Cons

    Nepotism at it's finest. No 401k match, no bonus, high insurance premiums, rigid work hours No career path Everyone is trying to get out. I got several requests from people in COMSOL for referrals in the new company that I work for.

    Advice to Management

    Get out and let someone qualified run the show. Find someone who knows how to turn this around. Please don't surround yourself with unqualified people

  4. Helpful (7)

    "Mixed feelings: great product but poor management"

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

    I worked at COMSOL

    Pros

    - People genuinely enjoy working on the product - Opportunity to learn various physics and disciplines - Nice office space

    Cons

    - Lack of career growth - Non existing management - Poor compensation plan and health plan - Rigid work hours - Lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization the company and get rid of the dead weight

  5. "Good for early career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great team work. Great location. Great product.

    Cons

    Poor management and no fair treatment !

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Person who is in-charge of sales should not be moderating discussion forum & tip/tricks, but rather work on sales strategies.

  6. Helpful (9)

    "Be VERY careful which team you work for..."

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

    I worked at COMSOL for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Great nonmanagement colleagues and strong community - Work life balance - Good product with super-smart people working on it - Good schedule - Applications team and dev team seem to have good management and VPs, with encouragement to develop professionally, fair pay, and professionalism. (See below for warnings about the other teams.)

    Cons

    - Beware manipulative/dishonest, and unprofessional behavior among the managers of certain teams NOT in the "Pros" section. You may be spoken to completely inappropriatel6, denied raises without feedback, promised career growth that never happens. Or offered positions, projects, and raises "later" based on "the future" A lot of sneaky stuff goes on behind the scenes (or not). - "Strategy" is a dirty word when it comes...

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    Advice to Management

    Your best people are consistently dropping like flies from the same few teams, over and over. Retrain or get rid of the higher-ups who are damaging your company and driving your employees away.

  7. Helpful (9)

    "Thank you Glass Door"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked at COMSOL a few years, and the biggest pro of my entire time with the company was walking out the door on the last day. Could never bring myself to write one of these, but I see that former (and even current) employees have done a very admirable -- and truthful -- job of it. Don't be swayed by the few "postitive" reviews you see on here -- I know from my time with the company that they were VERY likely written...

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    Cons

    Nepotism. If your name isn't Littmarck and/or you're not Swedish, you won't be respected here. No matter what department you're in, your managers won't have any say in how things are run -- instead, litmarks will be making all the decisions, no discussion, no negotiation -- and often these decisions won't make any sense. Too bad. Deal with it, put your head down and don't question your betters. It makes for a very toxic...

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    Advice to Management

    Fire those managers that work below you. Then have those above you fire you. Then hire someone external and actually let them make some changes. Or maybe it's finally time to sell the company, at this point, it may be a lost cause.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wierd company, many pros but many cons. getting worse by the day"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at COMSOL full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    small company, easy working hours

    Cons

    salary, bad management, not concerned about employees

    Advice to Management

    take more care of your employees

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Web Team is great to be a part of, some overall company policies put a little damper on things."

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Small, tight-knight web design & development team - very casual work environment, low-pressure with lots of flexibility on project timelines and release schedules. - small team size means a designer/dev gets to be very involved in all stages of a project, lots of collaboration with folks in sales, marketing, and creative. - very close collaboration between frontend/design and backend devs, which allows for...

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    Cons

    - No WFH (everyone has desktop machines, not laptops), even in very bad weather, you're expected to use PTO. They simply will not close the office unless the state shuts down the roads. - Small web team size means there's not a lot of room for long-term career advancement beyond just going from jr. to mid to senior in your title. - this one is a con for me personally but might not matter to others - even as a web...

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    Advice to Management

    - Consider transitioning to portable computers and allowing WFH, and including the lunch hour in a normal-length 8-hour workday.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits could be better"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at COMSOL full-time

      Pros

      Not stressful atmosphere, free coffee

      Cons

      No 401k match, no bonuses

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