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Monotype Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance, Friendly and Learning environment, The culture of office is great (in 4 reviews)

  • The company is going through an exciting period of growth and transition (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance, Compensation can be better (in 2 reviews)

  • Everyone else has to step in line (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "A great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has made some exciting acquisitions in the past few years and is currently tying it all together. The sales team has been reorganized and set up to aggressively hunt for new business. There are a lot of new faces on the sales team (including myself), along with some very tenured people who are always willing to help when you have questions. It's not uncommon to see senior management walking through the office and conversing with any employee, regardless of role. They're very approachable and care deeply about the organization. There's a ton of opportunity to come in here, be creative, and grow professionally.

    Cons

    None.

    The organization is going through a transition, like almost every other technology company out there. In order to stay relevant, companies need to be flexible which means employees need to be flexible. An "adapt and overcome" mindset is a must at any organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Continue to communicate. Continue to train on products and leadership skills.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poor environment for any professional. Indian management team is dumb"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary (for some time), few good technical people (many already left).

    Cons

    The top management is flawed in India and is very mediocre
    Abusive language is prominent in the office. Not at all a good place for female workers, feels very unsafe.
    Highly political environment and technical people are treated like slaves and trash
    Hiring practices are poor and salary is not a secret.
    Managers have full freedom to go and come at anytime. Director comes sparsely and has no inkling of whats going on in the office. Very poor technical competence.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some professionalism to the Indian management.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Unstable –High Attrition -Poorly Mg - Do not recommend at all"

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

    I worked at Monotype full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None that I can speak of. It is a sad demise of a great company, dedicated group of people and industry leader in a mater of a few years.

    Cons

    Monotype is in a downward spiral focusing on the bottom line, not their employees or customers best interests and not quality product dev anymore. The CEO left and the CFO filled his spot. Making money has replaced quality. Many Monotype employees that had a long tenure at the company, have left on their own/fed up or been pushed out by upper management in the last few years. They are left with a hard mkt as worked in a niche area and in their older yrs of employment. These folks are whom the younger new employees refer to in the reviews as being friendly/helpful. Left is a shell of the previous wealth of industry knowledge and connections to customers.
    MT has rebranded to a younger (Lower salaried) team spearheaded by a very toxic mkting grp. It has been a long and poorly executed process with resentment by employees and clients as well. Management teams add odds and have no symmetry. Everyone in mid mgt fearing for his or her jobs.
    Training is poor with no upward movement. You remain in the same position forever– no cross training and many hrs. of work. Sr Mgt is making money hand over fist while employees are left short changed.
    Product development has a lower quality level with now jr. experience engineering teams off shored. Stocks way down… HR and Sr Mgmt. must be writing the positive Glassdoor reviews!

    Advice to Management

    Sadly to much to say... I had loved working for MT…


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place for freshers.Pathetic Training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Monotype part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment is relaxed.
    People are supportive.
    No politics

    Cons

    Training program for freshers is pathetic.
    They teach you stuff relevant to Monotype which wont help you in your future.
    Hire trainees only to fulfill their needs.
    Company is not famous.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training methods.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't spoil your resume and career by joining this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    TT Table and GYM facility only if you got time from doing monotonous tasks that will add no value to your professional growth

    Cons

    No work-life balance.
    What you learn here will have no significance in other IT companies. I had to go through my previous company's projects for interviews.
    No training
    Worst HR

    Advice to Management

    Have respect for other people's time and personal life.


  6. "Worst"

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

    Pros

    Good perks, few benefits regarding the work life, and easy environment, people are friendly only if you make a connection with.

    Cons

    You will not get the work you want to do, lies about the position I got hired for, and so does the trend.

    Advice to Management

    Get an in-depth knowledge of the profile you are going to hire for, there is nothing wrong in it.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Great potential. Poor new CEO. Poor management. Poor strategy"

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

    I worked at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    Monotype is (or rather was) a pretty relaxed place to work. Flexibility and an emphasis on family and balance. That changed 18 months ago, however. See cons...

    Cons

    New CEO announces new vision - purely revenue based for the next five years. New senior management team rush to barely baked strategy and a disaster of the acquisition of Olapic. This is a company who believes in its own delusion - that they are a branding company, or a design company. Nope: they sell fonts. To a dwindling market, too. Wall Street knows it. Employees know it.

    There are many cons to working at Monotype now, unfortunately.

    1. Purely revenue driven org operating on a broken sales model that will hit in a few years.

    2. Human Resources focus on resources and not humans.

    3. Poor benefits. Stock is used regularly for compensation but on writing this the stock has hit a four year low. It will go lower.

    4. If you're looking at middle management, then be careful that this tier of management is disempowered in the org chart. All decisions and autonomy are escalated to VPs. Everyone else has to step in line. Or else.

    Advice to Management

    This once great company is haemorrhaging talent. What remains are people too afraid to question, or not intelligent enough to think of them. However, this attrition rate is being described as 'change collateral'. This is incorrect. People are leaving because of managements ineptitude. Maybe what is worse in all of this is the board clearly doesn't have the shareholder's best interests at heart. Otherwise the CEO and his type A cronies will be off polishing their college rings elsewhere.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nowhere to go"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Make Our Company Great Again!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monotype full-time

    Pros

    Really good, dedicated people on the creative side of the font business.
    Good 401K match and benefits
    Forward-thinking with acquisitions to diversify the business

    Cons

    Sales management that has done nothing to endear themselves to the troops.
    Not motivating as leaders.
    Management rolled out new, ill-conceived organizational plan when it was anything but ready.
    Management doesn't seem interested in hearing feedback from team about how to better the structure.
    New sellers bait and switched about what they will be selling and unhappy about it.
    New sales structure forced on the team and clients is not working for the best interests of clients.
    Increasing the sales force by 10 fold with unachievable quotas setting up lots of people for failure.

    Advice to Management

    Slow your roll. Be smart about the changes you put forward by getting all stakeholders on board. Good change is great. Flawed change is bad for business, employee morale and employee retention. HR talks constantly about being the employer of choice, yet the actions of sales management sends a different message: accept their way or get out. Make our company great again!


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