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Updated February 7, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Working at Monotype"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many Monotype employees have had a long tenure at the company, which alone says a lot about the company. With that being the case, any way you turn, there is someone there to answer any questions you may have being a new employee. The transition into the company is made a whole lot smoother as a result of this.

    Cons

    None that I can speak of yet, the atmosphere is so friendly and laid back. There is a great balance of work and friendly dialogue.

    Advice to Management

    The training process is still a work in progress, but the company has put the right people in place to make this process the best that it can be.


  2. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoy the work environment. It's a great company to work with. Good salary and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    So far nothing bad to say.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "50% Old-World Artisan, 50% Software Startup, 50% Lost Confused Child"

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

    I have been working at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    Diverse, eclectic workforce -- hipster code-slingers, multidisciplinary artists/designers, blue-blooded sales reps and financiers. Relaxed office environment. Frequent banquets, corporate outings, ice cream socials. Not uncommon for employees to "settle in" during the good old days, forge friendships, and stick around for 15, 20, 25 years. Plentiful opportunities for travel, given office presence spanning 11+ countries.

    Cons

    Dangerous levels of constantly-changing brand strategy, disorganization, and interdepartmental confusion. Near complete lack of accountability. Slowly-shrinking legacy revenue base (printers, fonts) shifting into questionable new investments (rent-a-font websites, ad-banner imagery, emojis). Careers tend to stall and calcify at Monotype, due to limited industry exposure and (lack of) growth paths. Some hints of faltering investor confidence, layoffs, offshoring to cheaper venues.

    Advice to Management

    Seems like this grow-an-experimental-new-software-shop-out-of-legacy-printer-money tack isn't working out. Too many random toss-a-dart-at-the-wall acquisitions. Senior leadership is mired in cliquish turf wars, and ill-suited for this sort of transformation. Strongly consider "getting back to basics," casting off extraneous business units, and carefully re-evaluating your next step(s).


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nowhere to go"

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

    I worked at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    The benefits in the US are excellent, although they are getting more expensive every year. Great 401k match. Fair amount of time vacation, unlimited sick time. Most departments offer some type of flex time. Work is challenging.

    Cons

    No room for growth. It is almost impossible to get promoted. While the executive pay and bonus payouts get bigger every year, the average raise for everyone else is 2.5%. Stock is given to high performers only, which is a political process. In additiona, the constant company rebranding is exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    Find your identity and stick with it. Every time you acquire a new business, you change your mind about who you are. Remember to reward the people are actually doing the work day to day.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company but smaller teams may have bad, toxic managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company, as a whole, is friendly and healthy.. I would give company 3.5/5 overall. They have a real product and not much competition.

    6% 401K match.

    Low deductible, BCBS health insurance

    Senior engineers who have many years of experience and know what they are doing (e.g. This company is not some crappy start-up with senior engineers two years out of school).

    Cons

    If you're a software developer, Monotype's pay is low with industry standards in the Boston area.

    Your experience will depend on what team you're put on and who your manager is. My team was particularly toxic with a temperamental manager that emotionally and verbally abused employees. Half the team left at the end of the year!
    Would give my team 2/5 stars.

    Difficult to move up and get a raise.

    Would NOT recommend this team to a friend.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to employees who complain about bad managers and fire when applicable! And keep a closer eye on what goes on in the smaller teams!


  7. "good with bad"

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Quality Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Software Quality Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Monotype (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close working group, fair share of exposure.

    Cons

    Work life balance, Compensation can be better.

    Advice to Management

    Better Management.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Money for Them and None for You"

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

    I worked at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    The typography community is lovely, if you get the chance to actually be involved with it.

    Cons

    All Monotype cares about is how much money they're making. Very old school sales attitude. I basically had to beg for a San Francisco living wage. My position was "eliminated" so they could pay someone less in a different state.

    Also - a great place to work if you enjoy being micromanaged.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, profitable, clear direction, great benefits, flexible work-life balance

    Cons

    Uninteresting location in an office park

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Lack of culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, nice people, newish office space

    Cons

    Corporate culture is lacking. The exec team 'thinks' the company has a good culture, but there is nothing modern or forward looking about the culture. For a Tech company based in the Boston area, it's pretty disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about building Monotype as a fun and engaging place to work, hire executives who have personality and are personable to employees.


  11. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    Good environment everyone is very friendly. The company is well led and their new office is very nice, I would refer a friend to work here.

    Cons

    If you are a younger person there are not very many younger people at the company. They are trying to become a more modern company, but that is still a work in progress.



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