Dassault Systèmes Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Dassault Systèmes SE (English: ; French pronunciation: [daˈso]; abbreviated 3DS), is a French software company headquartered in Vélizy-Villacoublay, France that develops 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) software.
A company that is out of touch with its customer's and as well as its own people. It is also out of time (analogous in the musical sense) with its own technology, what its actual customer's needs are, and always operating in catch up mode. To summarize in a few words: great marketing coupled with old technology (no matter what they advertise) and a total inability to execute. This review also excludes the SolidWorks brand. Do not be fooled by all the glitz and imagery or you will be pay the ultimate price with your career. A few cons to a potential endless list are: 1.) an old CAD company attempting for years to venture into new unfamiliar technology domains yet no matter what they do they are still an old CAD company at heart and worse - operate that way. 2.) old technology – their main product is CATIA V5 - a product based on core technology dating back to the late 1970's yet is still a huge revenue generator to their bottom line. This is followed by ENOVIA (the technological basis for what they call the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform) - another very old product revamped to look new but also based on very old core technology dating back to the early 1990's with layers upon layers of newer technologies interconnected to make it work with the newer technologies of today that did not even exist when the core product was conceived now almost 30 years ago) 3.) French based company that operates as a French based company in the USA. If you are not familiar with how companies operate in France think bureaucracy, adversary relationships with employees, strife and more. If you are an American who has never worked for such a company do some serious research on this topic in advance. 4.) No real executive leadership in the USA - executives are typically pawns sent over from France or brown nosers based in the US who are politically on a high with executive leadership in France. Executives leadership in the USA is analogous to robots reading a script with zero leadership qualities to begin with nor power to execute. 5.) Disconnects between all internal organizations and groups within a company that supposedly develops tools that allows companies to collaborate yet fails to collaborate amongst themselves. 6.) The ratio of American employees in the USA is quite off balance when compared to foreign and H1B visa holding employees. Few American employees hold high ranking positions of leadership at any level within the organization which translates to career stagnation for many who are in fact American citizens.
In summary: a completely revenue driven company with a big vision for the future (that in reality is more inline with a fantasy) which is based almost entirely on very old technology proprietary technology at the platform foundation level and where customers followed by employees come last.
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Where do I begin? - very dark, negative work environment. they are really good at deflating whatever self esteem people come in with and make you question how you got there -QBRs can be a public shaming event, leadership get their rocks off on grading people's presentations, as if this is the end all, be all. rather than trying to figure out how they can best support reps, they end up demotivating the team, and morale is way down. -You're out of the field more often than you are in the field doing internal meetings - powerpoint decks are 70-100+ slides deep. On a good day, it's 50 slides. imagine you're the prospect sitting through 50-70 slides of information. Prospects probably want to wrap things up after 20 slides. Imagine having to put together said deck and have to go through at least 5-10 iterations of slideware and internal critique. -Very dated practices, dated looking software, customers compare it to looking like windows 95. As opposed to more forward thinking companies in the software industry where prospects can do trials or demos and move to POC fairly quickly, they wade through and are mired in heavy powerpoint presentations and stuck in this mentality of "this is the way it's always been done" rather than being flexible/nimble/agile. -If the software works, it's a miracle"
Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist says"-terrible work environment -high stress -management is a joke"
Current Employee - Applications Consultant says"Inadequate training, poor management, buggy product, poor communication, weak equipment, no vision, high turnover"
Former Employee - Art Director says"I honestly don't know where to start with this place. Management in nearly non existent and when they do step in they rarely know whats going on. It seems like Dassault bought 3Dx and has no idea how to run a creative studio. There's no teamwork, no creative culture, and no leadership."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Good management has already fled this company and decimated as they went. I'm sure they will keep pulling employees over the next few months. This place is a total disaster and any management still at the company is incompetent and pushed into the position because they were the only ones left. DS should do themselves a favor and start from scratch; no one here will help you- you're on your own. If you are interviewing, use this place as practice. They won't pay you for the job you do, anyway. Office culture has disappeared and only petty people are left."
Former Employee - Vice President of Sales says"Non performance based culture. The French are always right. As immature a sales organization as I have ever experienced. Low end pay scale. Majority of people occupy a seat and don't cooperate or contribute. I was one of the highest performers in US year over year. Just the truth."
Current Employee - Software Engineer says"They have their own internal tools, developer environment etc. Very archaic technologies used. One example is : they use Excel sheet to manage Sprint, tasks and estimates. People in my team work in silos. Very hostile environment. Not good for diverse people. There is no team work and collaboration."
Senior Business Dev Manager says"Now post Dassault acquisition it's like working among the Soviet Secret Police under Stalin. Misguided management, complete and comprehensive lack of open door transparency. Sadness is the realization that a former group of creative and client-centric market makers are now "led" by a gang of bureaucratic misfits. Cloak and dagger doesn't even begin to cover the dysfunction permeating this group of corporate weasels. Management characterized by desperation and strategy du jour. BTW, consider "Dassaut Systemes, 3DExcite Corp."......have you ever heard of such an idiotic, sophomoric corporate name ?"
Former Employee - Account Executive says"This company reminds me of that (original) Star Trek episode where the unfortunate members of the Enterprise the crew beamed down into a situation where they were tortured in their mind by aliens putting them into various scenarios of horror. The aliens did this for their own amusement. It ultimately ended by the good guys putting up a warning beacon warning everyone to avoid this planet at ALL costs. Sadly that was after some were unable to fully recover. Well, if you're in sales, you've now been warned about Quintiq. If you're naive enough to believe the "positive" reviews about sales here it's your own fault. Let me try to be subtle (like sales management): this is by far the worst place I've ever worked in my entire career. I was shamelessly lied to about the opportunities. Trust me, the stories/things I've seen there would peel paint."
Senior Manager says"Slow/Limited growth, unequal opportunities, French dominated"
Project Manager (Former Employee) says"A company with a lot of engineers from different backgrounds and cultures. The various product lines compete for resources and are cobbled together to make for a confusing mess for their customers. Bosses in US have hands tied by offshore management. A typical work day was being constantly interrupted, and trying to please bosses who did not value employee contributions. Feedback to management from employees was ignored, and customers suffered. New office buildingOpen office space, very hard to work in"
Senior Manager - Marketing (Former Employee) says"DS great products but inappropriate work culture no work life balance,not good direction , poor partner network,sales and marketing alignment is not greatgreat productsmismanaged india team"
CONSULTANT (Current Employee) says"Dassault Systemes is by far the worst employer I have come across so far in my career. The picture that they showed us during campus recruitment was different than the ground reality. The company has absolutely no framework for development and progress for people who are inducted into the company as Management Trainees or Graduate Engineer Trainees. Even for employees, the situation is no different and an air of uncertainty hovers around your career and future in this company. The company culture is one which reeks of paranoia and insecurity which is ably reflected in the company's top management. The HR department is the worst of the lot with absolutely no empathy towards the employees or people who are parting with the organization."
Director Finance (CFO) says"Management involve in fake revenue to increase share price. Very french centric and lazy company with no growth for non french Lot of policy changes without inpact study, only decision at Velizy office all othet offices just shadow branches"
Customer Service Manager (Former Employee) says"A company that is out of touch with its customer's and as well as its own people. It is also out of time (analogous in the musical sense) with its own technology, what its actual customer's needs are, and always operating in catch up mode. To summarize in a few words: great marketing coupled with old technology (no matter what they advertise) and a total inability to execute. This review also excludes the SolidWorks brand. Do not be fooled by all the glitz and imagery or you will be pay the ultimate price with your career. A few cons to a potential endless list are: 1.) an old CAD company attempting for years to venture into new unfamiliar technology domains yet no matter what they do they are still an old CAD company at heart and worse - operate that way. 2.) old technology – their main product is CATIA V5 - a product based on core technology dating back to the late 1970's yet is still a huge revenue generator to their bottom line. This is followed by ENOVIA (the technological basis for what they call the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform) - another very old product revamped to look new but also based on very old core technology dating back to the early 1990's with layers upon layers of newer technologies interconnected to make it work with the newer technologies of today that did not even exist when the core product was conceived now almost 30 years ago) 3.) French based company that operates as a French based company in the USA. If you are not familiar with how companies operate in France think bureaucracy, adversary relationships with employees, strife and more. If you are an AmericanBenefits were competitive at my time of departure"
Ingénieur concepteur (Former Employee) says"Une gestion de projet cycle en V à l'opposé de toutes les valeurs agiles. La transparence ? L'adaptation au changement ? Et donner du sens dans le travail ? Mes 5 années en tant que concepteur développeur à Dassault Système m'ont permis de me forger une vrai conviction sur ce qu'il ne faut pas faire, autant en terme de projet qu'en encadrement des collaborateurs. Et c'est vraiment une chance pour moi maintenant même si sur le moment c'est déshumanisant et abrutissant. Tout n'est pas à noircir dans ce tableau, il y a vraiment des gens formidables dans cette entreprise et heureusement qu'ils sont là pour aider à faire avancer le paquebot."
User-Assistance Developer (Current Employee) says"This company located itself on route 128 so that it would have visibility. they want people to sit at the desk, so that when visitors come through, they get the impression there are people at work. It's much more of a place that tries to make an impression, then a place that actually encourages employees to get work done."
Sales Executive (Current Employee) says"In 20+ years of sales, I have never experienced a worse set of sales leaders as I did at Dassault Systemes in North America. In fact, I shouldn't even use the term "leaders" because that would imply they actually led. The problems resulting from the sales management team include: 1) constantly changing the sales strategy 2) not backing and supporting their employees 3) very slow to pay sales commissions 4) avoided paying commissions when possible 5) avoided meeting with customer leadership 6) Incredibly large and highly inefficient sales operations greatly impeding sale. It is clear that Dassault Systemes still does not know how to effectively have and utilize a sales organization. This fact will be the downfall of the company unless significant changes in sales leadership occur.Good products; many great technical personnelInept sales leadership"
Digital Program Manager (Former Employee) says"Molto poco motivante. Pochi stimoli e molta politica. Pessimo equilibrio vita provata e lavoro per molte posizioni. Ci sono anche brave persone ma molti non si fanno problemi ad accoltellare alle spalle chiunque. Manager di basso livello."
IT (Former Employee) says"Dassault has the potential to do some very good things but is too focused on fads. Management is poor and cares little for its employees.excellent benefitslots of micromanaging, work environment has become very poor, management picks favorites and treats others poorly"
Technical Sales (Current Employee) says"It's not easy to develop competencies and change your job, you must have some personal relationship to success to change team. Majority of employee are not happy with their manager"
INGENIEUR TECHNICO-COMMERCIAL (Former Employee) says"Cette entreprise est une mafia. les Ressources Humaines sont incompetents et corrompus. Il y a beaucoup de harcelement moral et sexuel. Une carrière se fait par copinage. Le management se fait par une intimidataion de pression et par la peur.CE et la cantinemanagement de peur et intimidation de pression"
Estagiário em mediação de Vendas (Former Employee) says"Empresa quer mudar a imagem de ter a mente fechada e ser machista, mas é a realidade já que, não há nehuma medida efetiva de mudança!Desafio de aprendizado constante, empresa bem estruturada, bom ambiente onde acontecem comemorações, localização, preocupação com a ergonomia.Sem oportunidades para quem quer trabalhar e não politizar gerando favoritismo, pouca integração entre as equipes e metas obscuras, chefes e não líderes sem inteligência emocional, cargos altos e com melhor remuneração são ocupados por homens, empresa machista e não adianta reclamar no RH se fizerem Mansplaining que nada será feito, processos engessados e burocráticos, buscam profissionais no mercado não do time interno."
IT Manager (Former Employee) says"DS is French company with strong bias towards hiring and promoting only french nationals. Age bias is strong with particular emphasis in Americas where labor laws less protective. Global HR lead has target median age for company and ruthlessly pursuing forced attrition to achieve. Very little emphasis on employee development.cool products, interesting solution spacemanagement poor, no employee focus"
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT (Current Employee) says"Not the most nimble of companies despite constant management direction change. Can be successful if the right people, partners and resources are in place."
Admin (Current Employee) says"You try to show you want advancement by taking on extra responsibilities. Management sees it as a way to save $$. They don't pay well at all. They typically pay you below the 25th percentile of what the area average is on Salary.com. Management in my area does not want to grow their employees. They rather keep them in a box and use them to their advantage. They see no reason to increase their employees skill level, or let them try something new. They treat current employees like objects. They do nothing to entice you to stay when you leave. It's been said "it's OK that you leave, there are 25 other people in line wanting your job!" 99% of the people who have left, have gone because of no promotions, bad management, and low pay. You have to be in the management "clique" to go anywhere in the company.a lot of time offlow pay, no promotions, bad managers. French culture"
WW Director, Business & Corporate Development (Former Employee) says"For real people, trying to advance, and who are not Paris-based, I wish you good luck in your next job search. This is a good place for investors because they are ruthless on margin, but it is difficult to make a difference at the mirro-level, for all of their vision at the macro-level.Great cafeteria -- in Paris.Cut-throat environment, advancement coes at someone elses expense."
Adjointe exécutive VP transformation affaires NAM (Former Employee) says"Coordination d'événement Gestion d'agenda et de courriels Gestion de déplacements Compte de dépenses Gestion des priorités Gestion de crise et de conflit Proactivité Gestion de changementTrès bon salaireAbsence de synergie"
Senior Infrastructure Architect (Former Employee) says"Geographically diperse teamsPLM/CAD/CAE systemsEffective ManagementWonderful co-workersStaged to growdynamic organizationfrench culture"
Expert en application Enovia (Current Employee) says"Les taches sont routinières. En tant que membre de l'unité de service, la plupart des taches à accomplir sont prédéfinies. Il n'existe pas d'incitatif à innover dans l'exercice du travail. J'ai appris à gérer mon temps et mes priorités. Les délais de livraisons sont courts. Donc, je me dois d'être efficace. Le management ne communique pas clairement la vision et les objectifs de l'entreprise. Cela peut crée de la confusion au niveau des employés. Les collaborateurs sont très compétents. Ils sont toujours prêt à aider en cas de problèmes. L'aspect le plus difficile est de gérer les attentes du client face aux produits offerts. Les clients sont très exigeants. Cependant, il leur arrive de faire des demandes irréalisable sur le plan technique. En contrepartie, l'ambiance de travail est très agréable.flexibilité du travailPas assez de possibilités de développement de carrière"
Mr. Letters says"why did you do this to CATIA? 3DEXPERIENCE seems to be the outcome of it being developed by interns in graphic design and UX and who were clueless on CAD modeling in a real OEM environment. Everything sucks : toolbars moving up and down, ENOVIA searches are unintuitive, not even the screen capture is handy -- took me 30 min to find it. Honestly, this may be the end for Dassault Systems, SIEMENS has no competition now."
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