Avaya

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  1.  

    Very good overall experience, all in all

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avaya

    Pros

    Good benefits, great teaming, challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Revolving door for management, brain drain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire executives that understand the industry and the company.

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

    Overall Pretty Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Avaya

    Pros

    Very flexible culture. Compensation is competitive. Many opportunities for career advancement if you're a hard worker. Opportunities to learn are endless.

    Cons

    High volume work. Teams are lean so everyone is really doing 2-3 jobs. Long hour days. Benefits package is average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avaya

    Pros

    good projects to growth/ great opportunities

    Cons

    barely any management and not much place to grow for leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should work on their programs for interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Since acquisition by venture capitalist primarily focused on quarterly bottom line, not people.

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    Current Employee - Architect in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Architect in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Avaya full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Deep knowledge of VoIP technology.

    Cons

    Company lacks people development focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people an long term.

  6.  

    Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avaya

    Pros

    They have a Great technology vision

    Cons

    They are have problems with Ability to execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline product portfolio

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Round and round they go...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Avaya (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with, great products and the ability to telecommute. It is a huge time saver and less stressful to work at home and avoid having to drive in traffic everyday.

    Cons

    Executive management changes regularly and the objectives change with each new person. The organization and reporting structure, goals and division change so often that you can not successfully complete one objective before it changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a stake in the ground and stay the course. Find individuals for executive positions who will stay for more than 6 to 12 months. Consider promoting from within the company instead of always hiring external candidates for executive positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at Avaya is a satisfying experience with challenging work, excellent co-workers and high customer focus.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thornton, CO

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

    Pros

    The benefit and compensation package is good. The technology you work with is interesting. There is a strong customer focus.

    Cons

    Retention of, and replacement of the top technical talent is a risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the core pool of technical talent currently on board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Enterprise Communication player

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avaya

    Pros

    Global Exposure, Trusted Technology partner

    Cons

    Slow to innovate with evolving social networking landscape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Silicon Valley office was a collection of eclectic acquisitions, improve coherency of product and vision across different acquisitions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avaya

    Pros

    Great place to work, great perks, and good leadership.

    Cons

    Traffic getting to office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run from it!!! unless you need to pay your mortgage

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    So few pros... Maybe base compensation and the ability to work from home most of the time to save gas... Nothing else comes to mind

    Cons

    So many cons... I'd start with a terrible leadership team (CEO and his directs), certainly the worst of all companies I have worked for. Not only they are weak but also they insulate themselves from middle management, do not foster a culture of inclusion and feedback. There are no skip level reviews or formal 1:1s with VPs and above. They always know best. Second, customers are always the last thing taken into consideration when leaders decide product strategy, pricing - no one cares what customers will think about the decisions leadership team takes. Third the culture of fear. Expressing diverging opinions is frequently a career-killer attitude. Fourth, no bonuses, regardless of how well you perform. Bonus is just an illusion... Except for the leadership team who keeps rewarding themselves with loads of retaining bonuses while the general population gets nothing despite their contributions. Fifth, virtual teams. Virtually 100% of individual contributors work remotely so it's impossible to develop connections and accelerate time to market - no one has a minimum sense of urgency across this place (maybe because everyone knows there will be no bonuses anyway). Sixth, terrible reporting systems and lack of understanding of the business. Results run on a monthly basis no one has the pulse of the business during the month. Seventh, it's not because you have relocated to Silicon Valley that you suddenly morphed into a cool tech company. The level of bureaucracy, hierarchies, leadership isolation still make Avaya very much a 200-year old telephony company when it comes to corporate culture. Eighth, too many reorgs just for the asking of reorging. Ninth your technology is old and is being disrupted and your leaders do not want to accept it. Who the hack cares about pbx and ip phones in the days of mobile apps... Seriously... And tenth, the workforce - after years and years of friction only the incompetents who can't find a job anywhere else stayed around, in hopes to cash their checks every Friday... There is no energy left in the people, just a bunch of 50+ yr-old white men hoping they don't get the boot in the next round of layoffs (and believe me, they are coming soon, there's over $1B in debt principal coming due soon).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the heck out of this company - You destroying it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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