AboveNet Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AboveNet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Proactive. Bend over backwards for the customer. Lots of internal support.

    Cons

    Career advancement limited at best

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    Could have expanded more aggressively.

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    AboveNet was a top player in the high bandwidth niche market

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    Former Employee - Account Consultant  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at AboveNet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I loved being part of a winning team. The flexible work hours and ability to work from home were a definite plus. All of the employees were dedicated, passionate and supported each other.

    Cons

    For a small company they were a bit slow to react in terms of making changes or working outside of a process for individual cases. There was a lot of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline, invest more

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with incredibly talented employees

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    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at AboveNet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Talented hands-on senior leadership who took extreme pride in what they built and treated employees like family
    Highly differentiated product suite- leveraging an incredible network
    Strong corporate culture to serve customers, spend money wisely & deliver results
    Co-workers were some of the industries finest.

    Cons

    I wish it could have lasted longer, I only had six months of the Abovenet experience before it changed hands to Zayo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's get the band together for a reunion tour.

    Recommends
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    A truly remarkable company consisting of the best people in the business!

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering in White Plains, NY

    I worked at AboveNet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Incredible employees
    Expansive network
    Excellent leadership
    Best in class organization that rose from bankruptcy to a $2B company

    Cons

    Bought out by Zayo in 2012
    Former ABV enterprise customers that are unhappy with Zayo are leaving
    Well thought out and skillfully built ABV network is being hacked up

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    If only we could do it all over again

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work at!

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I worked at AboveNet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, great job environment! Perfect for career development and bright minds.

    Cons

    Small growing company. Lack of automation and lots of manual labour required at this stage.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mostly positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at AboveNet

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, salary is on the high side. Lower and mid-level managers tend to be pretty good - some of the best managers of people I have ever worked for. Employees are personable and very knowledgable in their respective fields.

    Cons

    Recognition and promotion seems to lean toward who you know and not how hard you worked or what extra projects you did independent direction from your manager. Managers are more often hired from outside rather than groomed from within with very few exceptions (and many of those seem to rise abnormally fast over formerly senior coworkers). Tuition reimbursement rarely covers even one semester and depending on the school and program might not cover even one class/credit. Health insurance tends to change yearly or every other year. Consolidation and redistribution of business groups has typically only piled more work on over taxed elements while relieving other groups of paperwork and technical documentation/recording responsibilities.

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    Stop just saying that the employees are the best asset and make them FEEL like the best asset! Assist employees in showing their pride in working for the company by at least allowing them to buy company swag, rather than limiting it to significant aniversary events. Create mentoring programs to assist employees in developing management skills that make them more qualified than outside applicants. Participate in outside certification programs that develop and demonstrate the companies technical competancy within the industry.

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  8.  

    Nice people pulling the most out of available resources.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at AboveNet

    Pros

    Salary OK. Benefits in the past were excellent. Opportunities to participate were in place.

    Cons

    Requires very long hours with little time outside of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adding resources to make time available for personal life.

  9.  

    Good management but limited vision

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at AboveNet

    Pros

    Unique product set for customer base

    Cons

    Name recognition sometimes makes it difficult to sell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AboveNet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great caring company, with good work life balance. Good rewards and recognition and potential to go far in once career.

    Cons

    Not much to say, can not think of anything, I would like to see as an improvement. Perhaps a little greater flexibility in the work life balance.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    the legacy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AboveNet full-time

    Pros

    great culture, hard work but worth it for the better of the business

    Cons

    our CEO loved to collect pen's - so much so that you couldnt leave good ones on the desk before going home at night

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    What can I say? :)

    Recommends
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