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Meditech Westwood Reviews

Updated May 13, 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. "Senior Applications Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Good employees, good work culture, good learning environment

    Cons

    Low salary, outdated policies, little to no advancement in the company


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Fine Out of Undergrad - Don't Stay Too Long"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Meditech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Job is not challenging. Plenty of time for loafing. Cheap lunches.

    Cons

    Zero career growth. Zero challenge. Zero competitive compensation package. Using Meditech's proprietary programming languages (which date from the 80s) will poison you in the job market if you stay there too long. Know any other companies which use MUMPS? Me neither.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they're worth.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "By far, the worst employment decision I have made"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development QC Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Development QC Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health care benefits, great cafeteria, work from home, no holidays - you will be asked to work some weekends

    Cons

    Poor pay scale, nepotism, Laptops mean your always available, the Meditech 50 (weight gain), boring work with ridiculous timelines, door knob personalities, North Korean smiles from management

    Advice to Management

    Hire real managers from outside who can actually work with people not MEDITECH robots, be happy being 4th or 5th place because 1st place is just not possible...


  4. "Very inflexible"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your role/group"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Meditech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible schedules, a lot of freedom, company is very generous to employees, job security, opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Managers/supervisors are different in every group. Some are more strict and some are very very lax. Some of the examples that leaders set are not good for their staff.

    Company is kind of stuck in its ways and doesn't really consider new ideas or approaches

    Advice to Management

    Maybe try to set standards for all groups so that expectations are clear and everyone is being held accountable for their behavior and professionalism


  6. Helpful (5)

    "They could do better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Supervisor in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Development Supervisor in Westwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MEDITECH is a pretty good company. Very long term focused and privately owned. Overall benefits are good. Health and dental is excellent.

    Cons

    I disagree with a lot of decisions at the executive level regarding how MEDITECH develops products, hires and supports staff in their day to day jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Request feedback from your employees on how they think the company could improve in specific areas of development tools, hiring practices and staff development.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "MEDITECH review from former Applications Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Westwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Being a healthcare IT firm, MEDITECH has benefitted tremendously from government policy. When ARRA passed in 2009, American hospitals received a 25 billion dollar grant to beef up their IT, much of this has been spent converting paper records to EMR. This means that MEDITECH and similar companies benefitted heartily and will likely continue to do so for some years to come. MEDITECH does offer strong job stability.

    2. Some more minor "old school" perks like an annual company picnic and a Christmas gift (ham, turkey, lasagna). The picnic is truly impressive - open bar too.

    3. Most of the other perks are mostly in line with industry standards. IT companies let most employees work from home sometimes, MEDITECH does too. Health insurance is strong and the work life balance is mostly fine.

    Cons

    1. You'll be working for a tech company in the 21st century that does not have a 401k. MEDITECH offers a "profit sharing plan" for retirement, which is held entirely in MEDITECH common stock. So (pessimistically) if something bad were to happen to the company or industry, your job AND retirement savings would be in jeopardy.

    2. Lateral movement within the company is rare and challenging to get. An exception to this are implementation positions and Marketing Solutions Representatives (MSRs), along with select few other travel heavy positions in which turnover is significant. Because of this, linear progression is much more common and generally, only volatile groups are seen promoting staff. Because of this most of the intelligent and ambitious people I knew in service left MEDITECH a few years in to seek higher pay or more responsibility.

    3. MEDITECH's policy of "promote from within" ensures they only hire entry level staff. While I'm sure this has the benefit of management having a strong grasp of MEDITECH as a corporation, it certainly means that nobody in upper management has industry experience outside of the company.

    Advice to Management

    401k, hire outside staff at non-entry level positions and invest more in R & D.

  8. "Solid Company with Good Values"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Tester in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Tester in Westwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company that truly values its staff and is committed to true partnerships with its customers. Puts evident effort in maintaining a pleasant and modern work environment around employees, which build morale and makes one feel appreciated.
    Passion for the industry is evident and it is an honor to be working for a pioneer in the HCIS/EHR marketplace.

    Cons

    Over the years, the company did loose ground to the competition and became a bit too complacent. The last three years have been hard economically and I believe that the internal repercussions among staff have been quite negative. It becomes hard to turn negative attitudes around, but changes in management attitude at the executive level are making very positive modifications to reinvent the company.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep working from the Integration + Innovation = Value perspective and always listening to the staff with positive ideas and intentions to enhance what the company does. There is great talent within, please listen to the input from right underneath the executive level. I feel the company is positively rebounding from a low part of its life cycle. Good things to come.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Software Designer at Meditech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  10. 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


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