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  1.  

    Pick a course any course

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager

    I have been working at 3Com

    Pros

    Great team with boatloads of experience and talent in North America
    World class products that will compete anywhere
    Loyal, but small reseller following

    Cons

    Talent not utilized to the fullest
    Channel runs the show, like the tail wagging the dog.
    Too much of a not invented here mentality and keeping the "good old boys" around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the assets in the NA team. Grow through organic sales and not depend on a channel that only wants to push boxes without concern for margin or growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant change of executives, change of direction and no clear strategy

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    Former Employee - Director in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Marlborough, MA

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    smart folks
    people of director and below work hard
    nice building and perks

    Cons

    direction changing frequently
    executives with golden parachutes and no loyalty
    no strategic leadership
    attitude of not listening to those in trenches
    old-boys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire the board

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are not important to executive management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3Com

    Pros

    Good salaries and bonuses, and good people in the working environment. Interesting products and the work can be very enjoyable and rewarding.

    Cons

    Executive management is aloof and uninterested in the careers of employees. Routinely hire and fire to fit the current executive "strategy". Core of company is the China operation. US operation exists only to market China products and support executive management jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a shame that management is not concerned about building a company where US employees can thrive and make a long term career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    3COM - a friendly place to work, with good culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    3COM had a great corporate culture, employees were valued and treaty fairly and compensated well. My overall compensation package included : base salary, sign-on bonus, 3 bonus (quarterly), profit sharing and stock options. They also had a great tuition reimbursement plan and excellent onsite facilities (3 cafeterias, onsite laundry, gym, etc). We were always kept in the communication loop by senior management and employee morale was high. The environment was professional, relaxed and high performers were recognized. Employees were courteous and friendly, in general. Managers were accountable and tried hard to make the environment pleasant for employees. What more can I say ?

    Cons

    Really none. It was overall a great place to work. Sometimes. interdepartmental communications were not very effective as other departments knew things that our department did not know. But, management tried hard to improve overall communications. Overall, some acquisitions that 3COM made were poor and led to the company's demise a decade ago. It does not appear that 3COM has ever recovered from these corporate decisions. 3COM did not have the sharpest folks, but most folks were there that wanted a work/life balance and 3COM was excellent at providing this. Managers were generally understanding when it come to granting time off, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A place to remember ...

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    3Com has a good corporate culture, like some other bigger US corporate. My life at 3Com had been good and memorable. Things still get done efficiently, and biz stress are not directly passed down to engineering. It's a good place to remember.

    Cons

    Since 2001 and beyond, 3Com has lost focus of its engineering R&D interest. Various re-organization and executive plannings breaking up the company and then regroup them back-and-forth are adding to the spiral downturn of 3Com reputation. At the end, it simply becomes a sales channel with the higher prize product but just "streets" router/switch quality. Sigh...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engineering oriented. Back to the old 3Com culture.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    now belongs to HP... could be one of the high tech leaders...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    Best hardware, recommended as "no problem in the future..."

    Cons

    lost focus, lots of new products not tied to the core

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Little teamwork; people focused with heads down and no interaction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    nice building, easy commute, some nice people

    Cons

    dis-jointed management, lack of focus, silos all around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with the troops

  9.  

    I think it was good experience

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at 3Com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very famous company with very famous history

    Cons

    You will not have any chances to grow your carrier

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    People and compensation along with market position.

    Cons

    Change in Market. Market pressures new players. Interference from Govt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get acquired

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A fine place early on, challenging later

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    Great people. Good benefits. Sabbatical.

    Cons

    Precipitous downhill drop after USR acquisition.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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