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Meditech Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • relatively low salary, strange retirement plan (profit sharing rather than 401K), no formal HR department (in 49 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Software Designer at Meditech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business and Clinical Analytics Software Designer in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Business and Clinical Analytics Software Designer in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, not much pressure

    Cons

    Low pay, low raises, low bonuses, inefficient management, no raise upon graduating from a graduate program, little room for advancement, management ignores skill-set, background, and interest when assigning work. I was an RN, almost done with a masters degree in Health Informatics and I was relegated to testing other people's code (even though I am not a programmer).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people more or the good ones will leave and go where they can be compensated appropriately. Make sure people are given jobs that fit with their background and experience level. Consider hiring a management consultant firm to help become more efficient.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Great company to work for.... but incredibly frustrating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Support Representative in Canton, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Support Representative in Canton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    work-life balance
    great culture
    opportunity to travel
    you'll make friends for life
    great job security
    awesome healthcare benefits

    Cons

    pay is very low for industry standards
    management takes forever to promote people
    lots of dead wood hanging around - they don't tend to fire people

    Advice to Management

    Fire the useless people, and significantly increase pay for those with good performance reviews. You've lost every single good employee I knew that worked there.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Quirky company, good benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, no layoffs, great health benefits

    Cons

    Not much career growth, lots of staff who are not motivated, executives are out of touch with what the front line staff struggles with, low pay, too many platforms to support with the current staff

    Advice to Management

    Monetarily recognize those who work hard, not just those who are loyal, make a strong statement about the future of the aging platforms


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "@CallSub(ReviewMeditech)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Great benefits, poor team moral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Applications Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Clinical Applications Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The medical benefits are really great, and jobs here give you good experience to take the next step in your career.

    Cons

    Low pay, low performance standards, poor management, high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations with clients so that employees are less stressed and clients are less angry.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "lead developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Meditech full-time

    Pros

    friendly coworker, beautiful environment, good balance between work and personal live, very flexible with hours and also working from home

    Cons

    The pay is below the industry standard, not a lot of room to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who work hard with raises and benefits and let people go who under perform. add staff for demonstrations, implementation, get the products out at a faster pace; add a 401K program,


  8. "Applications Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great for Entry into the healthcare tech industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Newton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Meditech (More than a year)

    Pros

    They almost exclusively hire people with little or no experience (college grads). Once you have established yourself as a good employee, there are many opportunities to work in different areas of the company (transfer to other groups within the company). Large company (~4000 employees), with a one big family mentality. They are trying to become more progressive as a high-tech company to date, but still have their foot in the past in many respects. Change is difficult for this company.

    Cons

    The company promotes from within so the middle-level, and high-level management is exclusively long-term employees with a proven track record. Unfortunately, a proven track record isn't all that is needed at these high levels. There is a considerable lack of new ideas, new experience, and differences of opinion at these levels, because of this hire within policy. The folks at the top have been at Meditech so long that they have no idea how to think out-side-of-the-box, and when they do, their ideas are typically squashed for "business reasons". There is no clear trajectory for the technical direction of the company, which is typically mandated by people who don't have a clear understanding of cutting-edge technology. When the company finally gets on the same page as the industry, it tends to reinvent the technology themselves, or try to shoehorn it into their existing antiquated and backwards platforms. At some point if any of the big dogs (Goolge, Micorsoft) make a move in this marketplace this company would be a great purchase to get a good slice of the marketplace to start out. They are privately held though.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some external folks for some of the executive and mid level positions. You need some fresh perspectives, not people who say and do what you want them to. Unfortunately, the system you have setup makes people think that if they do what you want them to do, they will succeed, and in most cases this is the case. That or they become complacent, and lack any motivating factors. Competition with external hiring prospects will make these people wake up! The technological constraints that exist do to the lack of confidence in letting go of old technologies. The company needs to address the fundamental technology woes of the company, and embrace industry standard technologies. The following ideas need to change. 1) Stop creating your own 4th generation languages, on top of the real technologies. This only creates a development platform that lacks flexibility, and frustrates the development teams. 2) Bite the bullet and start over again on a platform that completely divorces itself from the past. It should be built from the ground up with industry standard technologies. This means develop your mobile apps as native apps, don't try to create web-based solutions that rely on the browser to service all form-factors for end user devices. Implement a service oriented platform using SOA, or Microservice architecture. Embrace DevOps (drop agile), and develop / implement / deliver with the SAAS model. Finally, stop spending money on pretty buildings and dead weight employees, who are rewarded for longevity not performance, and compensate talented employees well, not below average.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Meditech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start, don't need to worry about being fired unless you really mess up. Sleeping at your desk would be a good example.

    Good health insurance

    Cons

    Management is terrible. If you're good at being a specialist you're promoted. People skills are not needed or wanted. Company is still run like it is only 1000 people not the 6000 over 3 different states.

    Always reactionary with business plans and target small/med size hospitals. It's no longer a wise business strategy.

    Each division and manager runs their tier differently than the one next to it. Its all hit or miss if you'll be in a good group. There is no cohesion or solid company message. Everyone is simply trying to get their cookies and screw the next guy.

    Internal transfers are being delayed for 6+ months while VPs make the CEO clear transfers. What do we have VPs for if the CEO has to say if some specialist can move to be a specialist in another group or division? It's maddening.

    People are leaving in droves due to mismanagement and burn out.

    Advice to Management

    get everyone on the same page... review why tenured staff are leaving and do something to change it instead of just meetings to discuss meetings.

    Wait to move a product out till its ready, don't rush it out and then patch on the fly using your customers to test in their LIVE environments.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Entry Level - Awful Career Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a recent college graduate this company is a good starting point. They have good benefits and decent pay for the work that you do.

    Cons

    Hours upon hours doing the same exact thing everyday. Very little upward career growth and if you do get promoted the pay jump increases by pennies if that. Very high turnover as most people who stay there long enough get recruited by hospitals and most leave to accept higher pay and better opportunities.


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