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COMSOL Reviews

Updated June 12, 2018
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  1. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at COMSOL full-time

    Pros

    Good Practice and development ladder

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours at desk for difficult tasks


  2. "Good for early career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time (More than 3 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed feelings: great product but poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  4. Helpful (3)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL (More than a year)

    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 to sales and marketing. You want tactics based on data, or any methods of selling developed after 1985? Ha ha haha. Data is locked up with another team, who doesn't want to share it.

    - Nepotism and insecurity among the upper leadership that rival North Korea. The CEO publicly insults and harasses many of his employees, including his spouse, and lets others to do the same (although some managers are better, see Pros section).

    - The CEO is also paranoid about being sued by competitors, so make sure you delete all your e-mails regularly (and save stuff you need on a contraband disk somewhere). But he's not afraid of the potential lawsuits over how he and others treats women, subordinates, and even property. Did I mention there's no HR department?

    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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Thank you Glass Door"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time (Less 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 by the litmarks (you probably shouldn't have been asking around if it's possible to remove bad reviews from here, just FYI)

    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 work environment, and not surprisingly, not many people stay for more than a few of years at the company (unless of course you're an expat). Managers have no qualms talking about you behind your back and talking to you about others behind their backs. If you find yourself here, my advice is to not rock the boat -- and get out as soon as possible.

    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.


  6. 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
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    small company, easy working hours

    Cons

    salary, bad management, not concerned about employees

    Advice to Management

    take more care of your employees


  7. 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
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COMSOL full-time (More than 3 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 lots of opportunities to learn other skillsets/technologies

    - web team manager, jess, is a great person to work for and a great person in general. One of the best direct managers I've had in my career thus far.

    - The company makes physics simulation software, so you're surrounded by a whole lot of very smart people with backgrounds in physics and engineering so if you like science, you'll dig it here.

    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 designer, platform of choice was windows.

    - Somewhat inflexible hours/"unpaid" lunch. Normal shifts are 8-5 rather than 8-4 which combined with a commute makes for a long day. Thats no to say you can't take half days and leave early now and then for appointments and such. but you're expected to make up the time so leaving an hour early one day means either skipping lunch or being in the office 10 hours the following day. I think this could be solved by switching to laptops and allowing WFH but I don't see that happening.

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at COMSOL full-time

    Pros

    Not stressful atmosphere, free coffee

    Cons

    No 401k match, no bonuses


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Not Another FAKE Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    N/A in my opinion. See below.

    Cons

    If you’re contemplating working for COMSOL – make sure you know what they really stand for:

    “C” stands for, by far, the worst CEO I’ve personally ever encountered. On the off chance he’s not working out of the Tortola “office”, he can probably be found: sending offensive company-wide emails, making degrading comments to anyone who happens to be in the vicinity (especially to women it seems), and making important business decisions based on whatever mood he’s in.

    “O” stands for the lack of Opportunity at this company. Unless you’re Swedish, a family member, or have been able to withstand the company for 10+ years – there is zero opportunity for upward mobility.

    “M” stands for an entire Management team that has no clue what’s going on at any given time. To be fair, the CEO does run the company on whims so things can change weekly, daily, or at any given moment. Even so, it does not excuse the rest of management to be clueless, condescending, and uncommunicative. Managers should be chosen to listen, lead, and inspire their employees (not just given the title because they feel they deserve it). Most managers at this company constantly talk down to their employees and ignore any feedback they’re given (it’s very “their way or the highway” type mentality). The management team also has no spine and constantly lets the CEO and his family members push them around (nepotism at its finest).

    “S” stands for stagnant Salaries. If you’re still considering working here – consider this: most employees are seriously underpaid and raises are an insulting joke. You’ll also receive a $100 holiday bonus, less than average health benefits, and no matching 401k. In this day and age, there are so many other companies that value their employees and their salaries, benefits, 401k, bonus packages, etc. reflect it (run, don’t walk, to other job opportunities).

    “O” also stands for a toxic Office environment. Not only does nepotism and department in-fighting run deep, but not all employees are treated equal. Some people seem to socialize all day (without penalty), while others are “chained” to their desks and unfairly reprimanded if they dare talk/collaborate with anyone outside their department. This unwillingness to promote fair treatment of all employees, and on top of that, discourage department collaboration, is: petty, controlling, and a huge reason so many people are unhappy and leaving the company left and right.

    “L” stands for Life in work-life balance. This one small positive does not negate everything else wrong with this company, but it’s a very regimented 8-5 job that allows you to maintain some sort of sanity outside your daily nine hours of suffering.

    Advice to Management

    You've got a great product but the toxic work environment you've created makes it impossible for people to stay. Learn to: listen, communicate, be open to new ideas, admit the company has flaws/develop long-term solutions to resolve these problems, and (above all else) respect your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and intelligent people to work with

    Cons

    Management can be more trustful of employees and manage them better


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