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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
2,688 Reviews
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Pros
  • The best thing is the pay and benefits that start on your first da (in 194 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance depending on which part of the business you are in (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of work/life balance attribute to high absenteeism across the company (in 94 reviews)

  • Management cannot do their jobs due to idiotic Upper Management fiascos (in 88 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than ideal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Media Operations Consultant in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Operations Consultant in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and a yearly bonus was always a plus

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, lack of a vision from executive management, very top heavy with leadership, no career path opportunities, have to work in or near corporate HQ to get noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear vision or plan for the mission statement of the company. Put in place better resources to allow employees to have a clearer picture for their career path. Allow more training for employees so they can sharpen their skills and add value to their team and the company as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was a good company, however the GTE texasss mngt, ruining the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Tech in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Tech in New York, NY

    I have been working at Verizon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    F I O S is money maker

    Cons

    Company continues to remove union workers and benefits by any means . Does not put any desire to help their existing infrastructure ,would rather sell off their units , downsizing becoming a norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management VERY hard to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Home office, benefits, human resources support

    Cons

    company culture is ridged and product support not strong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great environment for the younger crowd

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verizon full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coming out of college I think HR does a good job of trying to match you with a manager/project that you have interest in. Excellent benefits! They even paid for relocation. Managers are pretty flexible about work hours and time off. Life after work is mine.

    This is neither a pro nor con - I'm just saying that it really depends on the team/manager that you are put with. I know people who don't do ANYTHING all day. I'm grateful for being on a project that I enjoy.

    Cons

    Asking for help feels like I'm asking for someone's kidney!!!

    Verizon is made up of acquisitions all over the country, which means that your team and/or manager could be in a different location - lots of teleconferences, phone calls - not a good environment for collaboration.

    Project managers and others superiors do not communicate the "bigger picture." You just have to pick up pieces yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company no longer focused on work-life balance as they used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company is focused on employee development

    Cons

    Company lost focus on the employee approximately five years ago. Prior to that, there was a strong emphasis on balancing work and personal time. However, leadership changed and so did the focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on work-life balance - employee satisfaction will reap positive bottom line results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Verizon Business - On the decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Verizon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great but declining benefits. Ability to work from home (depending on your location and business unit) was great. Many of the middle management guys are really nice people, but they have zero power to actually do anything.

    Cons

    Incredibly greedy upper management. Benefits got steadily worse and more expensive year after year as company has engaged in union busting. Zero career growth or training opportunities were offered. Focus has switched from providing excellent service to billing hours. Terrible environment for bright people, especially women. Almost no internal promotion, yet many new employees were brought in from outside into higher bands.

    Worst possible stance on Net Neutrality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your technical employees to keep their skills relevant. The current billable hours based system is set up to favor borderline fraudulent activity and busy work rather than solving customer issues in the best way possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Goal Driven Without Constraints

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verizon as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will gain much exposure for working at Verizon. Due to the overwhelming work volume, your skills and experiences will be put to the test and then some. This job will definitely expand your learning curve.

    Cons

    Life/Work balance isn't balanced at all. Management has a tendency to make decisions irrationally rather than proactively. Serious micromanagement and definitely under the scope. With no balance, they do whatever it takes to reach their performance goals.

  9.  

    Principal Consultant

    Former Employee - Principal Cloud Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Cloud Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Financially stable company; on-line training modules

    Cons

    Overlay role w/ the VES reps

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    demotivated employees, uninspiring work, constant layoff due to declining business. Bureaucratic executives and managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff (Software Engineer) in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff (Software Engineer) in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Verizon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, people stay in their silos. Takes a very very long time to get a small scale project done. old technology in use.

    Cons

    Company values are non-existent...
    Very old school mentality. Full of Indians executives with big egos, they promise a lot to higher ups and thus upper, middle management and down ends up doing all work, long hours and on weekends.
    Weekend work is assumed as part of work, no questions asked, just like that weekend is assigned and you are assumed to be working.
    Lot of meetings and inter department fights, nothing gets achieved in end. Same cycle repeats over years and years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to cut down on tons of executives and managers, this has led to culture degradation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    All this company cares about is the bottom line. PERIOD.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fiber Network Field Technician
    Current Employee - Fiber Network Field Technician

    I have been working at Verizon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good salary, decent benefits and a good product overall

    Cons

    The company does not care about your life outside the workplace. Will force you to work overtime with little to no notice. Treats family obligations as an excuse not to work late/come in on your day off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule work appropriately as it had been done in the past so as not to constantly force your technicians to work beyond their scheduled shifts. Hold all departments accountable so the technicians in the field do not have to pick up the slack for the company's shortcomings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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