Dassault Systemes Reviews

Updated 25 September 2014
Updated 25 September 2014
104 Reviews
3.0
104 Reviews
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Dassault Systemes President and CEO Bernard Charles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good as well, but pay is not competitive for the industry (in 12 reviews)

  • Heures de travail flexibles, en-cas savoureux et environ deux mois de vacances par an (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Cela cause une coupure entre la direction et les programmeurs (in 7 reviews)

  • aise et son style de gestion s'inspire de l'histoire de la monarchie (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    PLM Application Consultant

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    Current Employee - PLM Applications Consultant
    Current Employee - PLM Applications Consultant

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Culture ; Pay ; latest technology

    Cons

    No Cons - Absolutely fun at DS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent - Keep Going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great technology stack. Industry leading technology.

    Cons

    india r and d center is not product focused. It is like a service organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retain talent in india r and d center.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Compensation -

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    Current Employee - Compensation  in  Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)
    Current Employee - Compensation in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Leading edge technology company and fantastic growth opportunities. Increasing pace of M&A
    Nurture innovation (it is in company's DNA) and allow employees to promote their own ideas
    Great work place (location, facilities) despite poor public transport connections
    Good compensation (advantageous profit sharing plan) and amazing perks (social & cultural activities) in France
    Depending on your organization department, work time and management pressure is good, acceptable or horrible
    Talented and passionate people; intellectually stimulating

    Cons

    Despite worldwide activity, too much French centric and French work culture (meeting-holics, difficult to make decisions, arrogant). Need more multicultural management to become a true global group.
    No Human Resources strategy - top management is far far away from level of expectation for such a performing and innovating company facing so many challenges. Top-down approach, no listening and lack of care. Top managers are very well rewarded, but profits less distributed to employees (CEO is usually within the top 3 highest compensation in France)
    Incredibly poor project management: unbelievable in an engineers' company.
    Lack of consideration or service for customers; too much focused on internal challenges. Wishing so hard to be unique and ahead of competitors tends sometimes to stupid behaviors and wasted resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect work-life balance for your employees
    offer employees with career opportunities and professional development, rather than rough staff management
    improve consideration and listening for employees. Prepare the company generation change empowering youngsters (resistance to change old-fashioned management style). This is at the opposite of the company's products and markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Innovation is the key for DS

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    Current Employee - PLM Consultant  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - PLM Consultant in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is always given priority.
    new innovating products and acquisitions.

    Cons

    Salary is a constraint compared to other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    additional resources should be employed often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work life balance place

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    Former Employee - Tax Intern  in  Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Waltham, MA (US)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Nice working environment. Team is very supportive. Overall it's been a great experience for me.

    Cons

    As an intern, I don't see much cons except they are not hiring through internship program. People work in tax are mostly from big four.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A strange and often wonderful company

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    DS has an excellent benefits package and it is a company where you can manage Work/Life balance if you try. The company is absolutely loaded with incredibly talented employees who are inspired by the compelling vision being pursued by the top leadership of the company. IFWE can deliver most of what we promise we will make the world a better place.

    The company has a solid business model and excellent financial leadership enables it to pursue long range goals and endure through significant mistakes and poor economies.

    Employees have real opportunity at DS. It is rare to do the same job for more than a few years. You will not be bored here. The company is also pretty loyal and encourages people to move between roles to pursue new areas of interest within the company.

    DS is an international company and this opens up a lot of opportunity for travel.

    Cons

    Although the vision of the company is extremely compelling, DS has missed every major technology shift of the last 20 years. The company is always playing catch up because it tries to compete at the wrong level. How could a company with great vision be so blind about it's place in the world of technology? Some examples (I swear all are true): DS once tried to "own the desktop". When CATIA ran on Mainframe and UNIX Workstations DS decided to build a better desktop experience than Microsoft. When browsers were born DS decided to develop a better browser. When social networking exploded DS decided it had to buy one of it's own. Now DS is late to cloud computing and online sales. I lay this issue squarely at the feet of the leader of the R&D team: Dominique Florack. Time after time he has been wrong and yet he still is in charge of the technical direction of the company.

    The company organization is too complex and this leads to confusion among employees and unhealthy internal competition among mid-level managers. It takes years to assimilate new acquisitions. DS' array of business systems are confusing, irrationally assembled, and mostly built internally.

    DS is a French company and there are real challenges to overcome if you don't understand French culture and "the DS Way".

    In my view the Pros outweigh the Cons, but you do have to be able to tolerate some frustration. A lot of very smart people are still here because they, like DS, have a long term vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop adding layers to the management matrix. Instead kill some layers. We don't need Channels and Geos and Brands and Industries ALL carrying "Sales Targets" and all thinking that they own the strategy and engagement. Decide who's in charge and get on with it.

    Treat Management as the profession it is. Lower layers of Management in DS are very poor. It didn't matter when the company was small but you cannot retain the best people with very poor Managers.

    Understand real core competencies. Understand Google, Salesforce, Oracle, etc are not competitors. Really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people average processes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time

    Pros

    Culture in the US is great.

    Cons

    Everything is pretty much dictated by France Execs. Process improvements are slow. Decisions are slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company in the 90's

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Sales in Paris (France)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Dassault's name visibility - 3D products - advantages for employees (in France)

    Cons

    Company strategy sometimes difficult to understand - Management often not up up to it - No career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think to turn over : not only employees, but also middle managers and board of Directors.
    This to :
    - make the company more creative and attractive,
    - avoid too buddy-buddy relationship (consanguinity never gave good descendants ...)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Everything to get success except good executives

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good products
    - Bright vision & strategy
    - Wealthy company
    - Great M&A strategy

    Cons

    - poor execution
    - technical company and not a sales company
    - highly political company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - take care of people instead of politics
    - need to overhall the exection model, including the long lasting executives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    The most amazing software that doesn't work.

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    Former Employee - Sales Management  in  Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Woodland Hills, CA (US)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    DS provides a progressive environment filled with friendly, intelligent, and creative people. There are plenty of opportunities to learn new software here - mainly because R&D (or should I say, marketing) keeps re-inventing the wheel. Health insurance plan is second to none, and benefits are good as well - 3 weeks paid vacation and 12 corporate holidays to start. Work life balance is good as well, but pay is not competitive for the industry.

    Cons

    Vaporware. We sell it, and nobody seems interested. The last TWO major versions of our flagship product have gone largely ignored worldwide, and it's not surprising. R&D is answering the big questions that no one is asking, and have spent little attention to product relevance, much less maturity. Most of the software demo'd for clients is alpha, maybe beta, at best - something MS or Google would never do (even if they call by that name). HR department has some good folks, and a few monumental idiots who do a great job adding stress to employees lives. It is not uncommon to hear horror stories in the office about "overlooked" pay increases, curiously disqualified bonuses, and flat-out offensive emails coming from these bad apples, and yet somehow, they remain employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your products to mature before selling them to your customers. Too much attention to the numbers has made you lose sight of the fact that if the product doesn't work, you have no sale, or worse yet, the customer buys, and we burn that bridge forever. Consider form before function for our products, instead of the other way around. Our customers do serious work with this stuff, and could care less about a beautiful interface that cuts productivity in half.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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