Ultimate Software: What's it like to work here?

Ultimate Software

Overall a great place to work, which is probably why we've been listed as the best place to work in technology.

4.6
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Ultimate Software in Weston, FL at the time of review.

What I like

I love being able to work from home, and I work on a team of great people. My manager is never looking over my shoulder but always there when I need him.

What I dislike

There's very much a work hard play hard, hard drinking culture. While we are encouraged to take time off, the workload and expectations sometimes make work life balance difficult. There's a lot of room and support for professional growth, both laterally and upwards, but few roles have anywhere to go up that's not a management position. While the total compensation is very reasonable, salaries are a bit on the low side, and there is significant inequality in salaries between high level and low level employees (though granted, much less inequality than most companies). An example is the 401k matching, which has a much higher cap than most companies (50% of EE contributions, no limit), practically speaking it's less if the average employee who can't contribute much. For comparison, a theoretically worse match of 100% for first 3% and nothing after is only actually worse if most employees can contribute >6% of their salary. A flat match percentage benefits higher paid employees even more, when percentages already do that in terms of real dollars.

Suggestions for improvement

I think overall it's a great place to work, but work life balance in practice would make it even better. There's a lot of discussion, but the practicality of our jobs makes it very difficult to take advantage of the generous policies.

Company Culture

I love the team I work on, and the company as a whole has a positive and welcoming culture

Internal Communication

We receive adequate communications on what's happening with the company as a whole

Teamwork

Always looking for the best way to encourage collaboration

Work-Life Balance

Could be better -- unlimited PTO is a big plus, but practical limitations of my work mean I'm not comfortable taking time off very often

Support from management

I love the team I work on, and the company as a whole has a positive and welcoming culture

Freedom to work independently

I work from home, and my manager trusts me to get my work done without looking over my shoulder every day

Inclusive / Diverse

We have a lot of interest groups aimed at inclusiveness and diversity

Gender Equality

Fairly equal distribution of men and women throughout the company at most levels, including executive

Attitude towards older colleagues

Age doesn't matter at all, whether you're 72 or 22

Office / Work Environment

I work from home

Environmental Friendliness

We have recycling containers in the office, but other than that I don't know what's being done to reduce carbon footprint

Handicapped Accessibility

Can't really comment on this personally, but my understanding is that any necessary accommodations are made

Workplace Safety

There are a number of comfortable offices around the country for those who don't work from home

Overall compensation for your work

I could probably make a higher salary somewhere else, but all in all, including intangible benefits, I feel I'm compensated fairly

Job Security

Company has never laid off an employee

Company Image

We're not saving lives, but I feel like for an office job this is as good as it gets

Career Development

There are a lot of growth opportunities, but they mostly involve moving into management

Challenging Work

Work is challenging but not usually taxing