GENBAND

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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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2.9 49 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

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David Walsh

(8 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Content for now, things seem to going in the right direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation is on par with the industry.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp foster an environment of synergy and shared success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent overall experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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

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    Some new blood in leadership...

    Director (Former Employee) Frisco, TX

    ProsSome new blood in leadership

    ConsToo much old baggage from acquisitions

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts a new day with David Walsh ... interesting to see what happens now

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work and learn

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsChallenging 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.

    ConsMore 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 Senior ManagementConsider incubating more innovation rather than focusing on cost reduction as part of network transformation.

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    Poor leadership and complete lack of unified technical strategy

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

    ProsGood 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

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

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

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    Good place to work

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Curitiba (Brazil)

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

    ConsNot investing much on R&D. Limited product line. Difficult job rotation. Much more profit driven than technology driven.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more on R&D on emerging locations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally good place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsRelatively 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of potential, buried in leftover bureaucracy and culture conflicts

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsDifficult 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 Senior ManagementSimplify 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly positive.

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

    ProsMany 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.

    ConsSometimes 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLittle 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 Senior ManagementNeed more communication between employees and departments (especially if they work together).

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