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ESI Group Reviews

Updated June 9, 2018
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  1. "Great Opportunity"

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

    I have been working at ESI Group full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at, especially if you are a driven individual

    Cons

    Office needs a little bit of a remodel.

    Advice to Management

    Office remodel.


  2. "Poor pay. Bonuses always paid very late and never in full."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESI Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting scientific software e.g. solid mechanics, electromagnetism, acoustics, fluid dynamics, data analytics.

    Cons

    Each employee is seen as an expense, not an asset. Annual salary growth is very low, if any, due to top management priority put on cost reduction. Bonuses are always paid in August the year after, and are never paid in full even when 100 % objectives are achieved.
    The company has too many middle level managers who are technically incompetent (many never wrote a single line of code in their life) or have no courage to make changes or do nothing all day but push useless Excel/PowerPoint documents around. The overall ratio managers/non-managers is around 1.0 and it feels like 2.0 whenever a simple decision needs to be made.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce middle level management. Stop demotivating employees through late bonuses that are never paid in full.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart and professional staff in North America

    Cons

    None that I have seen this far

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you have been doing. Hybrid Twin is the future.


  4. "Happy to work at ESI"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technical knowledge, team work, Software knowledge

    Cons

    Yearly appraisal process needs to fix for a particular month of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make proper documentation for roles and responsibility.


  5. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I am a shareholder and director so take this with the appropriate filters: ambitious team and vision; great respect for cultures across the globe; good momentum and client intimacy

    Cons

    I am a shareholder and director so take this with the appropriate filters: comp,lex engineering topics across many domains (physics) , methods (1D to VR) and industries (nuclear to packaging) make it a steep learning curve.

    Advice to Management

    I talk to them directly so would rather continue this direct dialogue than post anonymously here


  6. "experience"

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    Current Employee - Software Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Software Intern in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at ESI Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management and cool environment to work for

    Cons

    less job opporunities and also less benefits.


  7. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot by working at ESI.
    Virtual prototyping is their slogan and that is what they do. Virtual manufacturing to virtual performance. You will get to know the tools and the process for virtual designing and evaluating a design.

    Cons

    ESI is a global company by name. In reality each subsidiary is treated as an independent unit. There is not much communication happening between the units. The units actually compete against one another. For example, their centers of excellence keep the technology to themselves so the subsidiaries go back to them to do work.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication withing the company.
    Treat all divisions the same.
    Hold people responsible; don't wash problems under the rug.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "okay company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good initial company to start for after college

    Cons

    Management has no long term vision
    Technical guys are treated as slaves
    Employee to work balance is really high
    Safe heaven for slackers
    No investment for employee education
    The managers think they are the best at what they do and don't need any advice
    Full of egoistic managers and team members

    Advice to Management

    Please slow down and take a look at the technical team. Sales guys will get you sales but technical guys get the job done. Please treat them good.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent service provided by this organization - help many people"

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are a great source of problem solving for clients' needs. Great exposure to numerous types of organizational cultures and industries.

    Cons

    Senior management decisions often communicated after the fact thus putting employees in the position of non-compliance without being aware.

    Advice to Management

    Seek honest feedback from employees rather than only rewarding the compliments made by employees about how well management is doing.


  10. "Very friendly working environment."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    I worked as an intern there and working environment was friendly. People are nice and I encounter some problems and people from other teams can spend time help you.

    Cons

    Need more challenging work.


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