Verio Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. What happened to you?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    If you don't want to work and still get paid, you're set. Verio doesn't fire people very often so you can sit back and the 10% of the people that are trying will be left to carry your weight. That said, I did enjoy the many years I was there before the place went down the drain.

    Cons

    Senior leadership team is lost, without focus, constantly vacillating in priorities based on the interference by the parent and most have their own agendas which are at odds with others in the SLT. The CEO, while a nice guy, doesn't have a vision and needs to manage his SLT with much more direction and accountability. The largest con is that Verio is probably going lights-out soon as they are a failing company.

    Advice to Management

    You all need to row the same direction. Pick it and engage fully, even if NTT constantly tries to derail you. There must be accountability! Yamasawa must have a presence within the company. Don't hide from your employees. Stand proud and become a force within your company.

  2. Worst company I've every worked for

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    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager
    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    I met some good friends

    Cons

    Management that will lie to you and throw you under the bus to Sr leadership in a second. Also were known for sexual harassment problems.

  3. Helpful (1)

    The Ship is Sinking. There are no life preservers let alone lifeboats.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good place if you're a masochist.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional. There's no excuse for this company not being able to mount products that function as they should. The products are not to blame, but the leaders who do not lead should be ashamed of themselves. Leaders manage from behind closed doors and surround themselves with yes men. A sure means to get to the bottom. There are some super employees here, but they don't stand a chance.There is so much potential that is being wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to understand what customers want and need and how it has to be delivered. This company is a start-up that is build on top of an established commodity. It can not be expected to function like an established company when you are trying build something new and different. Become customer driven.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    From good to bad

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Orem, UT

    I worked at Verio full-time

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

    Pros

    In early 2000 verio's Orem office had a great environment. Things went progressively downhill as they tried to merge divergent office cultures and then later forced Japanese management style into the creative process.

    Cons

    Every 3-6 years the parent company rotates in under qualified people from Japan into leadership positions to micromanage the US staff. While a few have been well intentioned most become tyrants. Upper management won't make decisions or take responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Find a vision, share the vision, stick to it. Don't rotate in temporary staff at such influential positions. Take the handcuffs off of your managers. Pay attention to customers and employees. Make some decisions.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Sucked!

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Verio full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learning new technologies, free coffee, free water.

    Ping pong table.
    Woosball
    video game tournaments during the work day.

    Cons

    They hire managers from the soviet USSR era that treat their employees like soliders at boot camp.

    Advice to Management

    Stay where you are -- this is where you belong.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Could've been so much more...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there are very few pros at this point other than what you'll see in other reviews, with regard to it "being a paycheck. Verio had plenty going for it over the last 15 years, but has frittered it all away.

    Cons

    No vision. No effective leadership. The company has made a couple big bets strategically over the last few years and they have been very bad bets and in areas the company simply was not prepared to deal with. This has created a defeated mentality and what little culture there is at the company is one of "just do what I'm told to survive."

    Advice to Management

    Kill major projects that are doomed to fail anyway, clean up the balance sheet, and start fresh.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Incompetent leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck
    Bonus every year

    Cons

    Many groups are slow and/or completely inept
    No accountability
    Japanese leadership is scared of its own shadow
    Dev group is "lead" by someone who would probably have issues running a hot dog stand

  9. Helpful (2)

    The potential to be so much more

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The name of NTT behind the company, even though they have little to do with the day to day selling cycle.
    Supposedly the lack of debt and the presence of deep pockets.

    Cons

    No clear, sustainable direction from management.
    Product is falling well behind the competition. Anything new is mostly marketing fluff.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want to be long term and put the right team in place to get you there. Then support the team, the message and the customer in a consistent manner.

  10. One Dysfunctional Place!

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, financially stable - backed by NTT Communications Company.

    Cons

    Poor Executive Management, no clear direction, Japanese-owned company with different business approach/management style from most US companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, clearly communicate the vision and direction for the company

  11. The people are nice. The management is clueless

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Orem, UT

    I worked at Verio full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There are a number of people - particularly at the old iServer offices (Utah) - that are nice, intelligent, and have a clue about hosting.

    Cons

    The management is all driven by marketing and M&A - without any real understanding of the underlying business. This disconnect leads to serial poor decisions and sustained pressure on the employees. Layoffs happen frequently, and the entire company would be gone if not for sustained support from the parent corporation. Those with the most mobility (best education, most experience, strongest prospects) are all going or gone.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganizing teams does not equal productivity.

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