GENBAND Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Sr Technical Support Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GENBAND full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Genband takes lead in VoIP NGN solution.

    Cons

    Genband kept laying off employees and struggle with revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Genband must keep the core value.

  2. Content for now, things seem to going in the right direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GENBAND full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with the industry.

    Cons

    Feeling of being disconnected with the rest of the company. Not too much synergy between organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Help foster an environment of synergy and shared success.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Some new blood in leadership...

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    Former Employee - Director in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Frisco, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some new blood in leadership

    Cons

    Too much old baggage from acquisitions

    Advice to Management

    Its a new day with David Walsh ... interesting to see what happens now

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Decent overall experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GENBAND

    Pros

    -Pretty much everyone I worked with was competent, capable, and intelligent
    -Good work/life balance
    -Good access to management; relatively flat hierarchy

    Cons

    -Company's future prospects might be considered somewhat uncertain, especially as an employee

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at GENBAND

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, great and talented people, and a good place for graduates to get their bearings. With the acquisition of Nortel's CVAS BU, this has given Genband the bulk it needs to be a serios contender in the telecom industry.

    Cons

    More and more R&D work is being sent to non- North American sites. This is largely an effort to squeeze cost from the product line.

    Advice to Management

    Consider incubating more innovation rather than focusing on cost reduction as part of network transformation.

  7. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Tester in Indore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Indore (India)

    I have been working at GENBAND full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is great

    Cons

    there are more work load due to less staff

  8. Poor leadership and complete lack of unified technical strategy

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at GENBAND full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people (both native Genband employees as well as the employees acquired); competitive salaries relative to the telecom industry and the region; acceptable work/life balance; decent career growth opportunities

    Cons

    No unified technical strategy; acquisitions made to chase the next shining object; no willingness to take risk; most senior levels are brought in and "old boys club" - risk takers and disturbers aren't welcome in the leadership ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like drunken squirrels and focus; get a CTO that knows the industry past 1995; take risks.

  9. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Curitiba (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Curitiba (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tech oriented company with high skill professionals. Good environment for a telecom company.

    Cons

    Not investing much on R&D. Limited product line. Difficult job rotation. Much more profit driven than technology driven.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on R&D on emerging locations.

  10. Generally good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at GENBAND full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively stress-free environment. Engineers are treated fairly well. Presence of knowledgable coworkers. Fun projects to work on. New customer wins seem to be fairly frequent. New challenges keep you motivated. Respectful of work/life issues.

    Cons

    The layoffs are demoralizing. There is more work load due to less staff. Unsure about the direction of the company. Salaries are stagnant with no hope in sight. No/little organic growth - growth primarily due to acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees about where we're headed, especially after having so many layoffs. Be a little more humble and less arrogant. Prove that you can take what we have now and make it work for the company rather than just acquiring other companies.

  11. Lots of potential, buried in leftover bureaucracy and culture conflicts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GENBAND full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are getting more aligned with market, good people trying their best to make great products and power through introduced impediments.

    Cons

    Difficult to do your job - procurement is very challenging, requirements and project objectives for various projects are unclear and frequently changing - lots of resources (time and effort) wasted on directional changes. Outsourcing model creates significant conflicts between time zones and introduces communication challenges. Cost accounting doesn't properly reflect the actual cost of moving work offshore.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify procurement of resources, push decision making to lowest level, enable teams to truly solve problems and take action, and align the Product Management and R&D primes on priorities - endlessly asking for projects that cannot be fulfilled when you have used all of your available resources on priorities indicates that either our priorities are not well-defined, or that there is simply an unwillingness to trust your teams. Lack of trust is a significant issue. Point the direction and then let your teams move.

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