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Airvana Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
42 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits and competitive salaries, interesting new products, intelligent and friendly employees, flexible and fun environment. New CEO is a great addition to the company.

    Cons

    Communication between upper management and employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    - nice to work with young professionals
    - cutting edge wireless communications technology to be implemented

    Cons

    - Extremely demanding management.
    - Bad compensation.
    - not good work-life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - better compensation
    - better work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Genuinely enjoy coming to work...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Airvana is a great place to work. I’ve been with the company for many years, cultivated great working relationships with most of the employees and formed friendships I’ll take with me after I leave. The work is challenging, the benefits are excellent and the salary is very fair. In recent years Airvana has gone out of their way to engage employees in creative ways that make coming to work a pleasure. I’ve honestly said many times, “Airvana will be the best job I’ll ever have”. The employees, the culture, it truly is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Equity. Don’t expect a huge stock payday. Airvana is a great job with a good pay check but don’t expect to retire on the stock options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mean what you say. If you’re going to follow “industry trends”, then follow them. You’re not fooling anyone and no one has forgotten it. Also, excellent selection on the new CEO. Richard was a great find and I feel confident he's the right man for the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poorly managed company with cutting edge technology.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Engineers are top notch, great to work with. Technology is very challenging and enjoyable to work on.

    Cons

    Management does not understand or trust what their engineers do.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to be if you're only interest is femto

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    * Excellent technical and engineering talent all around
    * Collaborative work environment
    * Competitive salaries and benefits

    Cons

    * Hard handed and old style of management with little regard for the company's human capital
    * Weak product strategy and corporate vision
    * Less than effective on-shore/off-shore coordination and communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood at the top and invest on more promising technology trends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Easily the best place that I have worked in. Great work environment with very talented people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Engineer  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Airvana has a great work culture and ethic. It is an amazing place to work at with very good benefits and facilities. Although it is an old company, it still operates in startup mode at times which is very refreshing especially if you are coming from a big company. All in all an awesome place to work at.

    Cons

    It is not the same large company it used to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Collaborative and Supportive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Cross functional respect. General willingness to assist in all areas by all levels. Kind, fun people. Good work/life balance as far as accepting not everyone can work within the same span of time, but that as long as you get your job done, almost anything acceptable. Some edible perks like fruit twice a week, bagels on Fridays, etc.

    Cons

    Limited visibility of top level goals for company. Very limited customer base makes for worried employees. Not as generous with stock as should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information & more often. Explain the sales/marketing strategy regularly to rest of employees. Build confidence throughout!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great technology - cutting edge products

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Nice, talented employees. The products are cutting edge and you can learn a lot about new technology.

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities. A small number of employees get recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very badly managed company, stressful environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Used to have a lot of good engineers, both in software and system engineering. It had Good processes in place for SW development. The good days of the company is long gone.

    Cons

    It is very poorly managed and it is highly political due to old managers holding to their jobs. No appreciation of their human resources and no career future. No training as well. The femto part of the company was in chaos all the time. They fired and then re-hire the same engineers. I know a lot of people have moved on. It is so sad that a company with a great pool of talent in 2007 turns to a place for nightmares in few years. I personally should I have left the company many years ago.
    In summary, there is no future there anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Telecom company to work for.

    Former Employee - Senior SQA Engineer  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    Pros

    Bright people around and so much energy.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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