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Verizon Wireless Reviews in Warren, NJ

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  • Pay and benefits were good although commissions began shrinking which is why I eventually left (in 196 reviews)

  • They offer great benefits - full health insurance from day 1 - no probation period (in 595 reviews)


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  • Let see: almost NO work-life balance (asking for vacation gets you the evil-eye (in 303 reviews)

  • They work you so many hours with no work/life balance at all (in 84 reviews)

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    Stressful DBA job, but you learn alot

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    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Warren, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Warren, NJ

    I have been working at Verizon Wireless full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology and systems are challenging. Many database database environments have RAC and Sharepoint. This is a blessing and a burden.

    Cons

    much overnight work, frequent crises, demanding work environment. Shareplex probably increases the problems and alerts by threefold. The applications I supported are very demanding and required off-hours for most of the changes, which were frequent. I'm talking about 11 PM or 2 AM start times and it often was 6-8 hours of work. They require alot of Oracle patching and 8 Enterprise releases per year for many applications and that's something that runs on weekends for about 12-18 hours. Most people have had enough after 1-2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more DBAs to spread out the off-hours work and support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big problems with Warren's Mobile Content Solutions Dept

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Warren, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Warren, NJ

    I worked at Verizon Wireless as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Warren is a good location in NJ. Easy commute.
    Decent facility. Has cafeteria. Parking garage.
    People (non-management) are great to work with.
    Young, energetic workforce.
    Decent projects (Java shop & mobile development)
    Verizon Wireless is doing fairly well as a company so no layoffs.

    Cons

    Required to work 10 hr days, minimum.
    Verizon in general pays on the low side.
    Management is incompetent. No clue how to run projects.
    The answer to every problem with every project: Work more hours.
    No space at facility. Some people without cubes.
    Too many contractors, more of them than employees.
    High turnover in contractors. No knowledge retention.
    Management does not understand the meaning of work/life balance. No such thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring managers, look outside for fresh ideas. Do not only promote from within. By doing that things will never change and it will continue to be a sweat shop environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    distateful

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Warren, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Warren, NJ

    I worked at Verizon Wireless

    Pros

    -easy to get in without much technical skill (little technical interview or none even)
    -can still be around without any technical skill provided that one is good at manipulating or Strategist long time off to offload hard task to other

    Cons

    about 75% is a contractor and one will get in there as a contractor to get offloaded easily. Thus, long time off can be taken at one's own salary.
    even full time employee has to punch time card not not more than 40 hr while working well past over 40 hr. (why bother time card to begin with then?)
    the ridiculous security restraint for IT equipment and work place is like Orwellian 1984 and not an encouraging place for free and creative people (thus most of their work produce in house has such a horrible UI, and the management take pride in these poor design since it comes from them who do not have any aesthetic taste!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think that "google is the best partner and the worst enemy". Leave out the "worst enemy" part with the kind of attitude toward your creative workforce, an uninviting Orwellian 1984 work place, poor recruitment, you can never compete with google to call them worst enemy.

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

    Beware if you're a contractor!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warren, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warren, NJ

    I worked at Verizon Wireless

    Pros

    You're exposed to the latest web technologies. There are many opportunities to learn new systems and the latest and greatest coding technologies (if you're a developer). Developers have the best chance of being converted from contractor to employee.

    Cons

    They bring in most people as contractors, at which point you're used and abused. Employees are told to give the crappier assignments to the contractors, but the contractors are just happy to have a job in this economy so they take it. Majority of workers are from India and will work endless hours, as most don't have family here. The Indians are seen as better workers because they don't have the same constraints as the American workers who have families and want a work-life balance. They'll work night and day, weekends and holidays. Most of my Indian co-workers were wonderful people, but it's difficult to have a positive view of a company that mostly hires foreign workers when so many Americans are jobless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some of the $2 billion that you spend on advertising and put it into upgrading your internal systems. VZW is a communications company with internal communications problems, so spend some time and $ on fixing what's broken. In the end all that anyone in Sr. Management cares about is gaining more market share than AT&T. While that's the company's goal, it causes many to overlook the crappy processes and lousy internal communications that are screaming to be fixed or replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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