GENBAND
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www.genband.com Frisco, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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    Absolutely one of the worst companies to work for

    Finance (Former Employee)
    Frisco, TX

    ProsLavish parties and vacations for senior management
    Senior executives get lots of perks

    ConsCompany has never met its targets yet continues to lavish executives with perks
    CEO is a nice person but incredibly arrogant and never misses an opportunity to self promote
    The strategy for the company is to expand to drive growth and then slash quickly when that fails

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you are not hitting your targets cancel the Bora Bora trips and have your management meetings in a hotel conference room somewhere in Frisco
    Stop pretending that you are the next big thing; Your business has shrunk every year for the past five years.. you just masked it with acquisitions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Paid well from Nortel days but works employees to the bone

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Frisco, TX

    ProsPay was very good but that was carried over from Nortel
    Great working level people

    ConsMoved from a 400 to 2200 employee company but did not change many of the processes so logic was to go figure it out yourself.
    Work load was crazy with 70+ hour work weeks and was getting worse
    Could not move the Network Transformation past the Tier 3 market with little competition

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and take action from the most experienced and not on market trends
    Try "Undercover Boss"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of Competence in MGR and VP

    Finance (Former Employee)
    Frisco, TX

    ProsPeople that were not VP/Director level roles, personalities were really a pleasure to work with

    Cons- Lack of recognition for working 60 hours plus
    - FP&A Manager had no technical aspect or grasp of systems used in order to perform financial results to senior leadership
    - TOO Many Frito people... the "I'll hire you if you get a good job down the line" was ever present in the Finance department
    - Senior management was very stand offish, never related to people actually doing the work

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip and realize that GENBAND is not as big as you think in the industry... stop spending money on Golf tournaments that do little or no good to the people that actual make the wheel go round... and finally... BORA BORA... really

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Small time company because of big time CEO ego

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthis company had possibilities and did show growth for several years. There are some very good people there.

    ConsEntire culture is driven by ego of its CEO and all employees cater and kow tow to him. It is a sick environment and the culture is as close to a dictatorship as it can be The company has underperformed recently and apparently has no answers to remedy its plight

    every employee is aware of the fickleness of the CEO and just tires to keep their heads down and stay out of his cross hairs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mis management

    Product Support (Current Employee)
    Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsGenband bought out Nortel's VoIP unit and Salaries are same as Nortel's

    ConsThey keep laying off people since taking over Nortel when the return on investment does not meet a target.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSmart up and keep the best people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very Difficult Work Enviornment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGenband customers and fellow employees

    Cons1) Growth through acquisition of companies with marginal profitability followed by judicious layoffs to maintain overall financials of Genband: job insecurity and turnover.

    Advice to Senior Management1) Reduce discretionary spending on lavish off site meetings like Bora Bora and the session this year in Scottsdale as this directly impacts the bottom line (2) Encourage sales and product dev. to promote non-proprietary solutions (3) Improve employee retention with emphasis on customer-facing roles (4) Refresh management positions with candidates having non-Nortel backgrounds (5) flatten the organization through elimination of unecessary management levels (6) All of these behaviors must be driven from the top!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical modern day IT Sweatshop, Brutal

    Software Development (Former Employee)
    Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsPay and benefits and technical talent around you are positive. There are lots of great people trying to succeed at the lower levels.

    ConsSweatshop, extremely political environment. Very short sighted management team and direction. Direction and vision are unclear and therefore impossible to implement efficiently. Staff reductions are frequent and all management practices are "territorial" and guarded. There is no spirit of honest teamwork to all move in the same direction together. Management is old school fear based and nothing at all is progressive or innovative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour success will be directly tied to the positive motivation of the people that do the work. If you treat your employees great, they will do great work for you. There is no longer loyalty by default in this industry. You must engage and empower your employees in a positive manner. Get rid of old school fear based management philosophies and modernize your management team and style with professionals that know how to manage (not just whomever promoted to be managers and directors). Management and Leadership is a skill and talent that is sorely lacking at Genband.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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