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Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "Great Experience for Me"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    * People are so kind there and want to offer help
    * Perfect training, including hard skills like software usage to soft skills like communication with customer
    * Excellent working environment in Woodland Hills office

    Cons

    No Cons by so far


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Good stability/benefits, poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well-funded, stable work environment. Flexible with remote work (depending on your manager). Good vacation/holiday time off. Good benefits offered. Nice new LEED Platinum office building. Occasional travel to Velizy, France.

    Cons

    Your compensation review will list, for example, a 16% increase in revenue and thousands of new customers.. and then they'll hand you a 2.5% raise and tell you they don't care that that doesn't cover inflation or increases in employee contribution to your benefits. This is a $4 billion company, but they'll cut your pay each year with that 2.5% raise. Management can be best described as disorganized and largely incompetent. Managers can lie to your face with witnesses and suffer no consequences, despite your having proof in writing of the lies. They will hire you to do one thing then tell you on your first day that you'll be doing something else (and in my case, that something else was the reason I had left my previous job.)

    Advice to Management

    Enforce the rule against lying to your co-workers. Fire people if several employees quit because of the same incompetent manager. Give substantial raises (or at least keep up with the cost of living). Make better efforts to keep your good employees; in this market, people can get 20% raises by leaving for another company. Clean house in your incompetent MIS department. Make sure your people know who they're reporting to.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good company but lot of change recently!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employees and great benefits!

    Cons

    Lots of organizational change happening right now. Recently, a decent amount of employees moved on to other companies.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "A company that's lost its mojo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better than average 401K employer-match benefits (50% up to 8%), good health coverage plans, pretty nice modern new building in Waltham. (Most) People in Waltham are really friendly and great to work with.

    If working at a company that's the most recognized name in the CAD world and a stable, decent paying job without big ambitions, then you'll fit right in.

    Cons

    - No new investment in R&D staffing for last several years.
    - The V6/3DExperience based products are a disaster in many ways. Yet Management in Velizy and Waltham believes that's the future and keeps pouring good money after bad.
    - Competitive threats aren't taken seriously until it's too late (e.g. Grabcad, Onshape).
    - Management believes internal components and services are better than what's out there in the rest of the industry; a very myopic view.
    - When a threat becomes obvious, the responses are: denial, hand-wringing, acceptance, brainstorming and a "strategy du jour".
    - There is bipartisan split in the company : people who believe the V6/3DExperience products will be successful and those who do not. Very caustic work environment due to this split.
    - Any time someone from US/UK leaves the company, the headcount is pushed to outsource partner (3DPLM) in India.
    - There is no reinvestment into the flagship product line that is still making pretty much 99.9999% of the revenue, more than half of it in recurring revenues. That's a gravy train that's going to run out sooner or later.
    - Several key management people and the key R&D staff have departed in the last 3-4 years. They must have seen the writing on the wall.
    - SolidWorks has gone from being THE place to work in the CAD industry that attracted all the best and brightest to JABC (Just Another Big Company).
    - Every decision needs to be vetted by the higher ups in Velizy. Waltham is treated like just a branch office.
    - Compensation is not very competitive, especially in such a hot tech startup market like Cambridge/Boston area.
    - All this has resulted in a very low employee morale and a shocking drop in GPTW (Great Place To Work) survey results over the last 5-6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the 3DExperience push and the resource investments. SolidWorks users don't want it and most don't care. Reinvest back into the existing product lines - innovate there and set yourselves apart from competitors - that's still your core strength; make better use of it.

    Stop the hemorrhaging of your best talent - increase salaries more than the token 1 or 2%. Listen to the GPTW feedback without glossing over the things "we can't change".


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be great place to work, but too many things have changed in the wrong direction after parent company stepped in."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolidWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No longer value employees' input to product and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to speak for what customers truly need. Keep the best employees motivated by finding a balance between what the parent company demand and the creative ideas from the team.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "What a wonderful company this used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people work at SolidWorks. There is work time flexibility and team based attitude.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing. The company is squeezing its customers for more money without more value. Prices will increase and value will decrease. It is becoming harder not to lie to customers. Dassault is really trying to push its expensive non-working software to SolidWorks customers

    Advice to Management

    Buy SolidWorks out from under Dassault Systemes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, not a terrible place to work... I've seen worse."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Committed, dedicated, highly-competent workforce & business partners; Free coffee & soda; Brand new, state-of-the-art facility

    Cons

    High attrition rate leads to long hours; Middle of the road compensation package for the greater Boston area; Paid-time-off (PTO) rejected on multiple occasions; Limited upward mobility


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Pretty Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SolidWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work life balance is ok
    The benefits are good but getting a bit expensive
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    compensation low
    every "promotion" is lateral
    very small increases
    nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Check out the morale here and then see if you think this is a great place to work. Most of the things that were used to boost morale such as small outings have been taken away due to budgetary cuts, but then we find out we are doing well and meeting goals. It's frustrating.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bell curve, UPs and then DOWNs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Technical Manager - Analysis Products in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Technical Manager - Analysis Products in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with; the perks; brand recognition and types of work one gets involved

    Cons

    culture change, more work not balanced with compensation


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great people. Plenty of opportunities to advance or reinvent your career and challenge yourself."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Employee in Waltham, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding group of people. Time for people stuck in the past who refuse to grow up and evolve to leave and let new people who are excited about the opportunity to contribute and step in

    Cons

    No different than any other 3+ billion dollar company challenges. People who stayed too long and want the company and the industry to stay the same when Windows was just introduced. Sigh - exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the people who want to grow and evolve.


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