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AspenTech Reviews

Updated 15 Nov 2019

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3.2
56%
Recommend to a Friend
70%
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AspenTech CEO Antonio Pietri
Antonio Pietri
117 Ratings
Pros
  • "Some good benefits, some not so good(in 18 reviews)

  • "Good Environment, good people to help and consult you(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Also work from home is not an official company policy (though most managers are okay with it), so there aren't great resources in place to accommodate(in 19 reviews)

  • "Upper management doesn't listen to staff and this is noted in every quarterly call(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Inside Sales Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Career progression is available if you are willing to work for it - Company is the best in the industry no one else comes close - The team are unlike any other team you will work with its like working with family. (in a good way) - Company is going through positive change in all areas and focusing more on what the employees think and need to change. - Competitive OTE and uncapped commission. - Product is... amazing in all aspects it works and delivers value to the clients - most people in the industry have heard of AspenTech

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    Cons

    - There is a process for everything (but again they are changing this) - Complicated product - Not a role for someone that is lazy.

    Advice to Management

    - Relax decision making - Think outside the box a little bit - Be flexible if something makes scenes.

    AspenTech2019-03-15
  2. "Associate Consultant Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Warrington, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AspenTech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Environment, good people to help and consult you.

    Cons

    Challenging workplace, not easy to learn and develop.

    AspenTech2019-08-29
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Unbelievably and shockingly backward as a company....."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AspenTech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary is OK, onsite facilities

    Cons

    Management adopts a culture of fear infused with bullying leading to exceedingly low staff moral and high stress levels. Mental health wellbeing is a major concern for some staff who seem paralised by a draconian bureaucratic system which has reduced them to a shadow of their former self.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt 21st century working practices and standards....

    AspenTech2019-08-27
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid at all cost"

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    Former Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AspenTech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits. Canteen. Free parking. Good starting salary which comes at a high price.

    Cons

    Most draconian company I've ever worked for. Management rules by fear and is proud of hear. CEO and COO are complete control freaks and want to be involved in the smallest decision. There is a process for everything which means that nothing gets done and stress and frustration are present everywhere. You are just a number and will be bullied out if you don't fit the cliques that exist everywhere in this company.... Everyone who is there for longer than a year is completely miserable, i have never seen so many miserable people in one place in my life. Don't dare to question the rules and look for improvement areas, you will be on the Black list immediately. Also don't dare to get sick or you will be told by your manager that you are expected to come back in no matter how you are. Otherwise take your papers. Basically be a robot and don't think independently. Or be a completely miserable person who enjoys the misfortune of others and excels at bullying people out. Then you may survive there. But if you want to keep your mental and physical health and work professionally, don't even think of joining. Once you are in, nobody will care about you and every day of your working life will be hell and you will wonder how you deserved that. All this is reflected in a huge turn over of people and in other reviews here which are not written by HR.

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as humans. Stop reigning by fear and by promoting sexism and bullying. Be customer focused and adapt a normal decision making process without the need of such a huge bureaucracy. You have enough bureaucracy for 5 companies and can not even organise the simplest things. We are not in the 80s anymore. Start implementing a civilised working culture and addressing the large number of passive... aggressive individuals in your company who yell when they think fit without any consequences.

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    AspenTech2019-08-24
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere for a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AspenTech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Software does add customer value if adopted.

    Cons

    A highly disorganised company with overtly complicated and unnecessary business processes and reporting mechanisms which lead to frustration, overloading and heightened stress levels which are reflected in high staff turnover. Unfortunately, an aggressive, cliquey, underhand and fearful culture does exist with some individuals lacking basic emotional intelligence and respect for colleagues and their past experience.... Standard benefits with slightly below par salaries.

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    Advice to Management

    A fast-paced work environment need not be so oppressive. Focus on empowering and trusting your employees. You don't need to reinvent the wheel here, just learn from your peers at other companies who have; developed slick business systems, maintained good employee moral and addressed low staff turnover all whilst being able to maintain their revenue growth, competitive edge and shareholder profit expectations -... simple really.

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    AspenTech2019-02-13
  6. "Fast growing and exciting business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees Fast growing and ambitious company Great market leading products The Reading office has great schemes working with local charities to support local schools and giving back to the community Aspen FUN is a team funded by the business to offer non work based activities Open minded to ideas Good compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    The business is very fast paced and that isn’t for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    none

    AspenTech2018-12-18
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company - Tough to get career promotions"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Consultant in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great location and good onsite amenities. Some really great people who work in the office and they really make the job worth it. Reasonably wages but good package offered.

    Cons

    Management has no idea. Too many technical managers with no actual technical experience. Upper management doesn't listen to staff and this is noted in every quarterly call. Pay raises are minimal (less than a living wage) Promotions are non-existent with them employing new people rather than training existing employees. Even then - existing employees are expected to train seniors new in the door (without the... appropriate experience) The company promtes a no working from home attitude which is crazy in this day and age however management work from home reguarly.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest your time and money in existing staff - not just turf them out. Learn to teach your technical managers actual technical skills.. it's embarrassing for seniors to not know how basic computing works.

    AspenTech2018-10-26
  8. "Great Opportunities for those in the spotlight"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AspenTech full-time

    Pros

    A great experience if you can keep up with the pace. Everyone fully on board with the growth of the business

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities in current role stream. Only the best performers are developed further. Relatively few new opportunities are available for existing employees to leap to a higher position

    Advice to Management

    High performers sometimes need to be recognised based on potential, not just 1 step promotion per year

    AspenTech2018-10-15
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Acidic pool where ambition, collaboration and progress dissolves"

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

    I worked at AspenTech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Niche market, and market leaders Benefits - Health and Dental

    Cons

    -If they can find a way of screwing your compensation, they will do it. It is a not how can we encourage and promote, it is how can we reduce and discourage. Claw backs abundant, many small T's &C's in your contract. -Promotions can be given alongside more responsibility but HR can use terms such as it is a lateral move, so you don't get anything. -CEO is a control freak, will remove anyone who challenges or... offers a different view point. Many approvals have to go through him, I remember the expense of a small freestanding whiteboard had to be approved by him. -Career opportunities are limited, prefer to hire externally than move tenured proven associates 5+ years experience in role up the chain. -Any confidential meetings with HR will go back to the person you have an issue without resolution, you are then treated differently. HR are not neutral they work directly for the leadership and not for employees. -Very old school US based Corporate culture, coupled with old engineers that have taken business reigns. US do not allow other regions to operate differently.

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    Advice to Management

    I doubt much will change with the current CEO in control alongside the many 'Yes Man' VP's that seem to only care for self preservation. My advice would be to look at digital transformation and adopt a culture change in line with modern companies. Care about your workers, especially those working hard and loyal.

    AspenTech2018-11-01
  10. "Enjoyable"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Consultant in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AspenTech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good management Good environment to work in, flexible enough to keep a good balance in life

    Cons

    HR is not the greatest Struggle to get bonuses/ pay rise

    AspenTech2018-09-20
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