GENBAND Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
50 Reviews
2.8
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David Walsh
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  1.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Help foster an environment of synergy and shared success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some new blood in leadership

    Cons

    Too much old baggage from acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest more on R&D on emerging locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mostly positive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at GENBAND

    Pros

    Many top notch employees, including a number of stellar employees from the Nortel CVAS acquisition.
    Lots of opportunity to work with cutting edge technology
    Very customer focused.

    Cons

    Sometimes feel like we are an asset that is being "sweated" by our private equity owners, principally One Equity Partners / JP Morgan Chase. That is, the company is managed on a quarterly basis, with a short leash (e.g. if revenues are lower than expected in a particular quarter, cost cutting is immediately announced).
    Some functions are understaffed, to keep costs down.
    Not very progressive with respect to work at home employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employee satisfaction, as this typically has a direct bearing on customer satisfaction. As a minimum, conduct an annual survey and share the results.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fine place, but does not offer much growth (unless you are sales, you get promoted quickly)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GENBAND

    Pros

    Relaxed culture
    Good pay
    Offer non-work activities to employees (food, sports, etc.)

    Cons

    Little teamwork / communication
    Lots of consultants around
    Can be disorganized between departments
    Frustrating that a lot of work requires other employees you've never talked to or met before. (see communication)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more communication between employees and departments (especially if they work together).

    No opinion of CEO

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