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InterSystems Reviews

Updated November 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Very good environment and excellent work/life balance, competitive salary" (in 17 reviews)

  • "It's really a great place to work" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "The dress code is a little crazy for a tech job" (in 7 reviews)

  • "The worst department is what they call Edition , no one is allowed to say a clear opinion or raise a complain" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Innovative, supportive, and a best kept secret"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at InterSystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company is privately held, and as such will always put the customer first over short-term profits. Their growth is organic with no long term debt or outside investors. The product technology is superior to many of their larger competitors, which is why they are a best kept secret. It's also why they have had steady and continuous growth for 40 years. A form of profit sharing takes place as incentive comp. They take great care of their employees, making each year more enjoyable than the last.

    Cons

    A somewhat flat management structure can result in longer stays in your current position. Not necessarily a bad thing. Internal growth opportunities are still available however.


  2. "Serious, Successful Company Will Bring Out Your Best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    InterSystems is difficult to get into - challenging testing and interviewing process - but well worth the effort. The high standards mean that you work alongside top notch people and the expectation is that you bring your "A" game every day. The culture - and the hiring model - emphasize filling the company with and rewarding problem solvers so you find yourself among people who are always driving towards outcomes and getting their work done. You spend WAY less time chit chatting in meetings - two people put their heads together and solve a problem on the fly vs. 8 people having multiple meetings over the next 6 weeks and getting nowhere. Refreshing. And while the days are demanding they tend to be 8-9 hours long - highly respectful of you having a life. Many companies talk about hiring the "best," but this is one of the few that actually does. Founder/CEO is highly respected and admired.

    Cons

    Not a "con" exactly but an advisory - If you're looking for open kegs Friday PM or free dinners look elsewhere. There's plenty of fun (ski trips, Revolution and Red Sox games, Duck Boat tours, etc.), but work hours are mostly spent working.

    Advice to Management

    Efforts to make the company younger - top notch campus technical hiring program, new roles that fit the changing products and strategy of the company, among other things - are working. What it feels like to work here is changing. Keep going!

  3. "Administration"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administration in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administration in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality and like-able employees are hired to the company. Lots of employee appreciation events over the summer and winter with company outings.

    Cons

    The company is privately held and all shares of the company are in possession of ownership (i.e. no board/committee to chime in their two cents or offer their perspective on where the business is at and going). This can be a real advantage because ownership can simply do what they feel is best or right for employees and the company as a whole, but this can and does pose an issue for the future of the company business and employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based solely off of qualifications and be more vigilant in not allowing any other factors to permeate the hiring process. Additionally some thought needs be put into why so much value is put into the Pre Employment Testing that screens out quality candidates. Many jobs within Intersystems don’t need to ever answer various style of logic questions that’s on the mandatory PET test and Intersystems misses out on super high quality candidates that way. Not an expert but candidates who hold Ph.D. degrees from MIT in Computer Science and other highly skilled fields sound more than qualified to work for Intersystems but get disqualified because they didn’t score 17+ out of 20 on the PET test.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at InterSystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a stable, privately owned company that values its workers and their development. The culture is great and the people super sharp. It's really a great place to work.

    Cons

    The company is growing and changing recently and some people can be slow to comfortable with change. But these are all normal growing pains.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is encouraged to continue to learn and be curious about everything

    Cons

    Some procedures are outdated and need to be revisited


  6. "Marketing Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at InterSystems full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, and opportunities to learn. Job descriptions and opportunities can be flexible, which gives you the opportunity to get involved in multiple areas. Great vacation policy based on longevity.

    Cons

    It would be nice if they offered onsite child care.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Poor leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and smart colleagues, interesting projects, private offices, good compensation

    Cons

    - Extremely poor leadership at top level
    - Old-boys-club politics
    - Extremely dubious practice of depending on PI tests for recruitment
    - Extremely resistant to upgrade systems/technologies to deliver quality products by todays standards
    - Dress codes [oh fun!]
    - Lack of gender and racial diversity
    - Fun way of doing projects without requirements until something shapes up
    - Way too many people in middle management layer, acting important and doing nothing because they wrote a piece of software 10 yrs ago, which only they have the know-how now and is irreplaceable because they say so!

    Advice to Management

    You aren't too big to fail, you are one step from being obsolete.

  8. "Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at InterSystems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! There are a lot of bright and friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes down time between tickets which you should be self motivated to fill


  9. "Yeah, I'll probably retire here...only 30 years to go!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of learning, plenty of challenges, great company culture

    Cons

    occasionally stressful, difficult commute for those outside of Cambridge

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great, but do better.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at InterSystems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are good and interested in helping customers. The job is interesting and I can honestly say I like my coworkers and respect my managers.

    Cons

    The dress code is a little crazy for a tech job. Isolation means that not everyone knows the direction the company is headed.

    Advice to Management

    Better and more frequent communication to all employees would make for a superior work environment.


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