Dassault Systemes Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
96 Reviews

3.0
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Dassault Systemes President and CEO Bernard Charles
Bernard Charles
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is very good, and the atmosphere in the company is mostly nice (in 10 reviews)

  • mes is also ready to invest in cutting-edge technologies, which allows you to fidget a bit with very nice tech (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary on average comparing to other companies (in 5 reviews)

  • No career path of progression for graduates/post graduates recruited from top Management Schools and Engineering institutes (in 3 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.  

    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
  3.  

    This company could do so much better

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    Former Employee - Senior Solution Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Architect

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

    Pros

    Good vision and strategy at top management layer (CxO level), hard and talented workers at the bottom layer

    Cons

    Enormous mid management layer paralyzes the company. Initiatives stall by over-centralized decision-making processes. While overall integrated product strategy is really top-class, execution stalls because of internal politics and lack of overall architectural governance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Install strong architectural governance for product integration. Decentralize decision making. Clean out middle management layer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stay away unless you are related to someone here or are favored

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    Current Employee - Consultant - Software Developer  in  Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant - Software Developer in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Some nice people but they are all leaving and moving on!!

    Cons

    mistreatment if not favored, detached management, fear based management styles, no growth, and hostile work place
    HR is useless and only care about events and favoritism. Management turns blind eye to people that do not work there but expect favors and are not that bright. Some people have been there too long and need to move on! No career growth at all...well, unless you are in deeep favor with someone there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up your game and stop hiding under your favoritism umbrella!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    my experience was good for some time.

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    Former Employee - Region Manager
    Former Employee - Region Manager

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

    Pros

    Great product's, industry leader. good strategy for supply chain dominanace.

    Cons

    constant re-org. French management mentality. Did not listen to market or employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lister to market and employees, especially customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Has its pros and cons like any place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    so far good benefits and good work/life balance

    Cons

    no growth
    bad commute
    few employee perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check employee morale once in a while

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience but you stuck of a single stream

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

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

    Pros

    Nice products
    Lot to learn
    Cafeteria is well equipped

    Cons

    Outdated backend systems
    Hard to understand the current work and to improve it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be less formal because it hampers a lot of interns and new employees to adjust the environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering the future... the poor man's way.

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    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer  in  Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

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

    Pros

    - Very good profit-sharing bonus (FR : "I&P"), only 2nd to the ones in banking AFAIK. About 20% of annual salary.
    - A lot of advantages like best French work council (FR : "CE"), facilities (parking, cantina, sport rooms, a lot of different classes)
    - Final products are quite amazing, powerful.
    - Atmosphere is rather relaxed.
    - Regular traineeships. 1/year let's say.
    - Some top companies have been bought recently (but quite some people have left them since)

    Cons

    - A lot of people don't know how to program. This seems normal when you know that a lot of people do not come from the IT world but are mechanical etc engineers.
    - Bad technical ecosystem. They do everything in-house, and succeed in some process'/tools/FWs, but just don't have the manpower/skillfulness to compete with existing market solutions. If you prefer using git/C++ stdlib etc, don't go there :D
    - Some subjects keep resurfacing every 3-6 years, with no solution to them.
    - Internal competition leads to instability, wrong people at the wrong places, pressure.
    - Management chain is big, and too many technical decisions are made by the top who are simply unrealistic delay-wise. The code-base is too big and sloppy and redundant to efficiently do something.
    - Too much heterogeneous software practices, software... companies that are bought aren't ingested properly (or left to be there way).
    - Takes 5-10 years to become a manager of more than a few people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know... I'd say hire IT professionals to make a good code-base, and too ease off the pressure put upon certain people. Stop being nervous and unrealistic, start relaxing and understanding, accepting, what's really happening. Then you'll realize that you need more IT people (the real deal), and abandon some projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice experience: Diversity of experiences and freedom

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    I worked at Dassault Systemes full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Strong engineering culture; nice ambiance
    - Fun and appealing product
    - Freedom
    - Many opportunities: expatriations, jobs, industry and client exposure, etc

    Cons

    - Clear disconnect between high and middle mgt making your job delicate at times
    - Difficulties to set and communicate a clear strategy; company is torn between leading innovation/business tranformation and satisfying clients' needs pragmatically
    - Heavier and heavier processes hampering technological and business agility; people playing and hiding behind them; no clear accountability and responsibility
    - So-so compensation
    - Credential and network will make your career easier: coming out of the right school and knowing top management will ease your journey even if you excel in mediocrity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Set up clear directions and communicate them clearly
    - Recover a customer-centric attitude, truth is always there
    - Put in place the right monitoring and accountability scheme to promote rational and educated decisions and to reward your employees based on factual results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales
    Current Employee - Technical Sales

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

    Pros

    Market leaders, growing at a tremendous pace. Innovative at the front of technology, with exciting brands above the competition with many job opportunities and career development.

    Cons

    lots of work, but satisfying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognise the small man on the street doing the hard work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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