Dassault Systemes Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
109 Reviews
3.2
109 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good as well, but pay is not competitive for the industry (in 10 reviews)

  • s bonnes conditions de travail : bureaux flambants neufs, ordinateurs haut de gamme renouvell (in 7 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 (more than an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fascinating company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dassault Systemes

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people to work with, good benefits.

    Cons

    Global company means working odd hours to allow for time differences sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR has too much power, and the bureaucratic approach in upper management is inefficient.

  3.  

    Good Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Auburn Hills, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Auburn Hills, MI (US)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very helpful and awesome IT team

    Cons

    I didn't see any cons

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  5.  

    Lot of exposure lot to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes

    Pros

    Dassault syetemes is a leader in PLM domain.

    Cons

    No work from home facility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work from home.

  6.  

    Nice company but not might be the best for technology lovers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ingénieur Développement Logiciel in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)
    Current Employee - Ingénieur Développement Logiciel in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

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

    Pros

    Salaries and profit sharing are very interesting.
    The company is large so there are many teams working on various topics which can be interesting to work on various projects without moving to another company.
    The company has offices all around the world (especially R&D and QA in the USA and India) which is great as well.

    Cons

    There is too much hierarchy, not much is decided in the development teams.
    The company is usually a late adopter for technologies, code is still written the old-fashioned way which is frustrating for technology lovers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Please, Believe in LATAM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes full-time

    Pros

    Excellent products, sell by itself. That makes you feel motivated to expand the market and sales to the new segments. The employees are dedicated and feels like part of the company specially when understand what is DS outside LATAM.

    Cons

    The Company processes will not protect you from mood swing or evil politics, Latam has been managed by one person that doesn´t know the customers or partners. There is no perspective of career. The decision of any movement, resignation or promotion of the employees, will not be discussed.

    DS LATAM management will not value your work but a personal opinion. I dedicated more than 10 hours a day for months and reached all goals without any recognition of top management LATAM.

    The fact that the company has not been well scored by BPTW was justified to HQ, by the fact that DS has a French culture and it is hard to apply in LATAM, it is not true. The feeling of the employees is that the bad mood swing of one person is what drives the geography, what makes a complete unstable environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once the LATAM represents around 2% of the global revenue, I suggest making a deep change of the structure and put the LATAM management direct to DS Americas and break this empowerment. The employees will be more motivated and embodied the culture of DS.

    I suggest to implement an Ethic Channel in order to let the information flows without filters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes full-time (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
  9.  

    Compensation -

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compensation in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)
    Current Employee - Compensation in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time (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
  10.  

    Great work life balance place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Waltham, MA (US)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes as an intern (less than an 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A strange and often wonderful company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA (US)

    I have been working at Dassault Systemes full-time (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

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