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Verizon Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.1 2,229 reviews

59% Approve of the CEO

Verizon President & CEO Lowell McAdam

Lowell McAdam

(738 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • excellent pay and benefits for the type of work performed(in 182 reviews)

  • Good benefits and competetive or better salary especially the more years you have(in 209 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a very flexible working schedule to meet today's work/life balance needs(in 77 reviews)

  • Management cannot do their jobs due to idiotic Upper Management fiascos(in 78 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Good starting point and good career

    IT Quality Assurance (Current Employee) Irving, TX

    ProsThis was my first company out of college and I stayed as a management employee for 11 years. I got a lot of on the job training and experience that has made me feel confident enough in my skills to take on new challenges. I really like that they promote diversity in the workplace. The benefits are great. I took advantage of all of it, and I would recommend that everyone does so. The 401k match, health benefits, tuition assistance, learning center, development and leadership workshops/opportunities are selling points. Salary is competitive, and depending on the organization you join, there are plenty of opportunities to move up. Depending on your organization's budget, you can get a hefty bonus and raise. Some positions are open to work at home and remote locations. I was recently laid off and was given a decent severance package, so if that's important to you, Verizon will take care of you in that regard.

    ConsIt's just not stable. I don't know how I survived 11 years. There was always a big RIF (reduction in force, or layoff) at least once a year across all areas of the organization. I know this is just the nature of Corporate America today, so I can't pinpoint this on just Verizon. But it sucks because each business unit handles this differently. Some organizations don't allow lateral movement to other groups - so you may be stuck as a "lifer" if you don't want to grow under one group. Office politics are huge. Good ole' boy mentality and cronyism runs deep. A lot of people get paid way too much to do so little, and take advantage of it. The infrastructure and hiring process just \makes it easy for people to do so. Because of all the RIF's, I believe people only had enough motivation just to keep themselves afloat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor IT: Invest in keeping the present human resources. If staff is underperforming, I can understand letting them go in RIF's. However, if an employee is doing well, find another way to cut costs. Verizon wastes way too much money on unused assets. It's easier to decommission unused servers or hardware versus retiring an evolving and knowledge hungry employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job, great spot for a long mediocre career.

    Central Office Technician (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsDependable work and atmosphere. Solid business providing good job security. Decent benefits, decent pay. Good if you want a solid job, not recommended for ambitious career climbers.

    ConsNot bad if starting now, but has gone downhill for those of us that have been there awhile. Hard to advance once tagged with the wireline and union labels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better advantage of those employees that want to do more. There are lots of employees that are happy to just keep on keeping on, but you have developed others that have great potential outside of wireless. Use them. Wireless is the driver, but the wireline still has good people that can transition.

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

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    Great Experience - Good People

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsVerizon has a lot too offer someone and people you work with are caring and proud people

    ConsManagement tends to shift and not have specific direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow your People and value they bring to the table. Recognize without them you would be doing their job.

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

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    Working at Verizon was a great experience. I had a great time and loved every minute of it. I recommend to anyone

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsI feel the best part of working at Verizon would be the work environment. Everyone was so open and friendly. Great culture.

    ConsOne of the biggest challenges would be the work load. They ask a lot out of you and have very rigid deadlines. Not a huge issue but they are aggressive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Has been a great company but seems to be getting worse every year

    Cable Splicing Technician (Current Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsGood pay and good people to work with. Great product to offer the customer

    ConsBenefits package has been substantially reduced

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the little guys

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Verizon Enterprise Solutions

    Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsTop shelf offerings. Customer focus.

    ConsConstant change to meet Wall Street demands. Resource constraints that interfere with prime goal of customer focus and growing the business in growing markets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow resource growth in markets to achieve prime goal of customer focus and growing the business in markets that are currently overproducing against sales plans.

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

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    Great company with growth potential if you network properly.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Morristown, NJ

    ProsGoal Oriented, Driven, Fun people, Always striving to do better. Invests in employees

    ConsWork life balance, politics, work through lunch, could be a number sometimes.

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

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    Good benefits, salary, job stability not so great

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Silver Spring, MD

    ProsGood benefits and competetive or better salary especially the more years you have ... In IT for 25 years, there is room for advancing through different jobs such as programmer, project manager, release manager or program management but becoming a manager with reporting people is much harder - good work life balance most of the time unless you are a tester or developer

    ConsLots of reorganizations i& budget cuts in IT lead to RIF's of good hard working people, contractors go first - atleast 2 RIF's per year... must be on important programs where funding and focus is placed...outsourcing is an issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall good experience with management, more transparency is needed though

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Work

    Tax Analyst (Former Employee) Ashburn, VA

    ProsCompensation, Time-off, work-life-balance, best 401k in the industry, and many more

    ConsNot much I can say except I was laid off. Can't blame them though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCareer opportunities are very important. Make it a priority to hire people from within first before going outside especially those who may be on a layoff list. Give them the opportunity to move to other department that are hiring if they wish.

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

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    great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosexposure to a broad range of technology solutions

    Consslow career progress, and lack of communication with the base

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

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