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"It's like numerous startups in one"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
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Positive Outlook

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

Pros

Lots of independent, driven individuals; Interesting projects and problems; Great culture and co-workers

Cons

Lots of work (though no unpaid overtime, no required overtime), pay can be lower than comparable software jobs in Boston

Advice to Management

keep listening to your employees

Other Employee Reviews for Aptima

  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Woburn, MA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Aptima full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and values. Great company to learn new stuff. Although it has a formal hierarchical organization, most employees can manage projects and therefore in reality it provides a matrix organization.

    The company is very well managed and it has the right amount of structured processes.

    Cons

    Although there are many opportunities to grow internally, real internal promotions are hard. From the perspective of an individual this can be see as a con, but is a reflection of the low employee rotation, meaning that employees are happy and not looking to move elsewhere.


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    "Positive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people. Small business feel with big business benefits. Interesting R&D projects. Flexible work hours. Freedom to work independently with very little micromanagement. Making slow but steady progress away from small business grants toward larger, longer (i.e., more stable) contracts, which has reduced stress on technical staff compared to prior years. The job security is excellent due to a diversified customer portfolio and a great financial team that keeps the books clean.

    Cons

    Government contracting can be a slow, ugly process -- not the company's fault, but this is 95%+ of their business, and hence an unfortunate reality. Proposal writing must be done year-round, which can be stressful and not for everyone. As an R&D company, only a small percentage of products actually transition into the hands of end users (though this aspect is improving). Some employees get stuck working too many projects which makes it hard to focus on any 1 project, however this has gotten better the past few years and is moreso a problem for those who have been here for 5+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the employee focus that has fostered good innovation in the past. Try to get more into commercial work.

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