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Meditech Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  • relatively low salary, strange retirement plan (profit sharing rather than 401K), no formal HR department (in 50 reviews)

  • Low starting salary, can be small raises depending on the year, proprietary language (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Like Making Minimum Wage"

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

    I worked at Meditech full-time

    Pros

    Young culture, easy job to get, lots of travel you otherwise wouldn't expierience

    Cons

    Pay, horrible management, poor raises, too much travel to boring locations in the middle of nowhere

    Advice to Management

    Pay at least close to competitively to the market, I make twice what I made there just two years later


  2. Helpful (6)

    ""Company could use an enema""

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

    I worked at Meditech full-time

    Pros

    Better than flipping burgers or wearing an orange apron

    Cons

    - Terrible pay. I doubled my compensation with ease when I left. They tout intangibles such as the yearly bonus, but the computations for the bonus number is fuzzy math, and ends up not resulting to much
    - electronic time-card system (showing company-wide where you were) that is a stalker's delight,
    - no threat of lay-offs means that 40-50% of the staff are dead wood, screw-offs, or fakers.
    - no retirement plan. They laugh at requests to put in a 401K, and my "pension plan" accumulated a whole $78 for over 2 years of employment.
    - Management that is totally out of touch with what is happening at the customer facing levels.
    - no sunsetting of product versions (some going back 30 years!) means that resources are being used to maintain obsolete code.
    - Siloed software development. 30 different modules are all built with no interoperability standards, making the product buggy, and issues in one module often cause widespread outages.
    - No beta testing. Fixes are pushed out live to customers, often with disastrous results.
    - Ancient coding language. You will not use this stuff anywhere else, except at a hospital running MT software.
    - "Pass-it-off" mentality between departments. People will do ANYthing to throw issues over the wall.
    - Management with zero management skills. Getting promoted does not take competency in management, just survivor skills in your department. The good people all leave in two to three years, and the employees who just hang out end up getting given the management jobs.
    - No HR department means that rules are interpreted differently arounf the company, and lots of lousy employees use this to their advantage.
    - turf wars between VPs cause dramatic understaffing in critical positions, gluts of people in useless departments. Headcounts when people leave are often not replaced.
    - useless beancounting. I have to sign out every pen and paper clip from the stockroom. I have literally had a strip of staples broken in half before the half was given to me.
    - Open Concept workspace is stressful. Low cube walls means sound carries in the office, making conversations with irate customers difficult.
    - initiative is actively discouraged. There is no encouragement for trying to find a simpler way of doing a task.

    Advice to Management

    - Dump the dead wood people (including the management) and re-invest the savings into the people who are trying to make things work for the customer.
    - Get a practice of TESTING the software thoroughly in-house before shipping it and letting your customers find the bugs when they are treating patients.
    - let your employees fund their own retirement by offering a 401K
    - The picnic is a nice idea, but watching obese people "get their money's worth" by stuffing themselves for one day is obscene. Scale it way down and give people raises instead. (Why do you think so many of your employees skip the picnic?)
    - Police the telecommuters like you police the people in the office. "Working from home" means actually WORKING on that day

  3. "Very inflexible"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Teamwork, training, free parking, nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    No work/life balance for new employees, non-competitive salary.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Implementation Manager
    Former Employee - Sales and Implementation Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Meditech full-time

    Pros

    Pros: work from home is an option, able to travel, provided decent onboarding.

    Cons

    Cons: atrocious communication from senior leadership, fired (which was sent via email and no prior conversations stating that I was doing anything wrong) because I did not work more than 50hrs in a week (when I am only paid for 40), zero work/life balance and a mentally unstable senior manager.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible, Terrible Management"

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

    Pros

    They'll hire you with little to no experience.

    Cons

    Where to start? My supervisor was a nice enough guy and good at his job as a programmer. The supervisor over our partner group of programmers occasionally surfed porn. A coworker complained and nothing happened because this guy's supervisor (manager) was also his very bestest friend. A colleague was told that at a yearly eval that they were on par with others who started at the same time but this was a bit of a disappointment to management because the programmer's ETHNICITY made them feel like they should have been ahead of the curve. The manager would speak to the application specialists about where the best strip clubs were when they were about to head to a new hospital. Because of the virtual absence of company policies, managers and supervisors could make up their own rules about dress code, etc. This resulted in two people with identical jobs who sit feet about having wildly different expectations put on them and there wasn't anything to be done. The pay structure is such that most people leave within the first few years and those who stay get excellent bonuses. This is great but also means they can't leave and therefore they can be treated like garbage because they make decent money and are now experts in a proprietary programming language that does nothing to make them marketable anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard for me to believe that hanging on to some of the sexist, racist morons in management is worth it. Despite the fact that so many employees are fresh faced naive recent graduates, someone somewhere is bound to realize that these people are creating a hostile work environment and will have the wherewithal to actually document it somehow. Maybe the problem isn't as widespread as I think but the manager that was part of my experience is still there. How on earth he has managed to avoid getting MT embroiled in a lawsuit is beyond me. Amazingly unprofessional. Staggeringly so.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "@CallSub(ReviewMeditech)"

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    Former Employee - Development Programmer in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Development Programmer in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company picnic (great for families with kids)
    Cafeterias most offices
    Benefits are okay
    New-hire training is provided and paid
    Small annual bonus and eventual profit sharing once employee is fully vested in the company
    Employees with children get a bit more flexibility to take care of their family
    Good maternity and okay paternity leave policies
    CEO Howard Messing is actually a nice guy

    Cons

    Programmer experience is not applicable at any other company- all coding languages are proprietary
    Programmers and testers are often left at standstills, as the company's proprietary languages cannot always accomplish what the staff physicians and designers desire.
    Development is slowed by a very understaffed and underpaid group that specializes in developing the lower level processes and available functionality of the company's languages
    Agile processes used here do not adhere to intended practices- programmers or testers are often left with little to no work, then scolded for not using time proactively
    On average 50% of day is spent in meetings that don't accomplish anything
    Coming in early is not acknowledged, leaving on time is discouraged, hour scheduling is very strict
    Working from home is only allowed once per week after 2 years of tenure and only under certain circumstances
    Giant management chain, over-complicated company hierarchy, lower-level employees are not always acknowledged
    Software is archaic and slow
    Company infrastructure goes down often
    Management cannot properly motivate workers due to company policies and structure
    Company policy is very old-fashioned
    High turnover rate due to low employee satisfaction
    Low salaries, low annual increase (if at all; company has not been doing well lately)
    No 401K
    Quality of office supplies and amenities has greatly declined over the past 3 years.
    Innovation and creativity is not encouraged or really possible

    Advice to Management

    Management hierarchy needs to break down and simplify itself
    Consider moving toward infrastructure and programming languages applicable outside the company- it will greatly increase performance of your systems and software
    Management needs to stop acting so entitled- upper levels are overpaid, lower levels are underpaid.
    Management needs to focus more on employee satisfaction, encouragement, and less on slave-driving and "disciplining".
    Follow more modern business policies- more flexible work from home scheduling, more focus on employee comfort in the office
    Invest more in your infrastructure
    Consider forcing sites to move on from older versions of systems; because of this the company is very past-oriented


  7. "Applications Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they take anybody and your friends
    managers can make majority of salary recruiting because of endless turnover

    Cons

    highest turnover in any company i have ever seen
    low pay
    treated like children
    all activities and mail tracked

    Advice to Management

    your managers never change, they are not good

  8. "Stepping stone"

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

    Pros

    Intro to the software business nothing more nothing less. Bunch of drones with no real autonomy to make any meaningful decisions or opportunities for growth based on merit.

    Cons

    Same as pros...playing catch up with industry giants Epic and Cerner...good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice folks. Laid back...mostly (struggling right now)

    Cons

    Low pay. No career growth. Limited transfering. Lots of kids out if college. Very little effort put into retaining employees. Every year seems to be a lean year for raises unless you are a developer. Promote from within means management lack the skills they need.

    Advice to Management

    Find oppertunities for staff who work hard. Pay employees better. Good health insurance, so thanks for that.


  10. "Don't even think about going here. It's a trap"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Picnic.
    .. otherwise none or rather very few.

    Cons

    Low salary. Proprietary language. No security

    Advice to Management

    Do your job


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