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AboveNet President, CEO, and Director Bill LaPerch
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  1. Formerly knowns as Metro Fiber Network

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AboveNet

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Worked from home exclusively for several years

    Cons

    Career growth was limited and compensation was subpar


  2. Great company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AboveNet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Proactive. Bend over backwards for the customer. Lots of internal support.

    Cons

    Career advancement limited at best

    Advice to Management

    Could have expanded more aggressively.


  3. Mostly positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at AboveNet

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, salary is on the high side. Lower and mid-level managers tend to be pretty good - some of the best managers of people I have ever worked for. Employees are personable and very knowledgable in their respective fields.

    Cons

    Recognition and promotion seems to lean toward who you know and not how hard you worked or what extra projects you did independent direction from your manager. Managers are more often hired from outside rather than groomed from within with very few exceptions (and many of those seem to rise abnormally fast over formerly senior coworkers). Tuition reimbursement rarely covers even one semester and depending on the school and program might not cover even one class/credit. Health insurance tends to change yearly or every other year. Consolidation and redistribution of business groups has typically only piled more work on over taxed elements while relieving other groups of paperwork and technical documentation/recording responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop just saying that the employees are the best asset and make them FEEL like the best asset! Assist employees in showing their pride in working for the company by at least allowing them to buy company swag, rather than limiting it to significant aniversary events. Create mentoring programs to assist employees in developing management skills that make them more qualified than outside applicants. Participate in outside certification programs that develop and demonstrate the companies technical competancy within the industry.


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  5. Great place, shame it was sold

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AboveNet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule for most positions

    Cons

    It was sold to Zayo who butchered the company


  6. Was a great ride

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AboveNet full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable work environment Great Pay Great processes and Policies

    Cons

    A little bit heavy on the politics and favoritism Not a lot of room to move up. Sold to Zayo out of nowhere and this could wipe out what made AboveNet a great and successful company

    Advice to Management

    Any management (or anyone) that was transitioned to Zayo should work to preserve the AboveNet way.


  7. Love the work; always want to be more

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AboveNet

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good steady workflow, although end of month and quarters get a little hectic Educated people working around you Great understanding of work/life balance Good yearly bonus

    Cons

    Training for new products/technologies at times was insufficient Upper Management lacked a clear goal for company Communications between depts could be better Internal advancement is difficult

    Advice to Management

    Management should provide a clear vision and set of goals for the company moving forward; sometimes it's had to see how decisions fit into an overall plan.


  8. I learned a lot of things in this company.

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    Former Employee - Unix/Linux Administrator
    Former Employee - Unix/Linux Administrator

    I worked at AboveNet

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were great. Salary was good and the company was growing.

    Cons

    Direction of the IT team was a little vague due to some changes in upper management. It seems like they've got everything settled in now. To many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and allow for time to do work and less meetings.



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