Comverse Reviews in Mount Laurel, NJ

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
130 Reviews
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130 Reviews
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Pros
  • If you have a personal issue, you can move your time around and work from home (in 6 reviews)

  • Very Good people to work with, company is very agile and one could find opportunities for growth (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Top management caused company to have to layoff countless employees and suffer a serious financial crisis (in 7 reviews)

  • Excessive work hrs with no work / life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ok company, not enough technology use in new dev tools and processes

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    Former Employee - Management Level  in  Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Management Level in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I worked at Comverse full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competitive telecom field, ok benefits

    Cons

    Usually a lot of long hours. Not enough flexibility for remote work. Can be a lot if politics among various groups. Not always marching along with new dev tools and practices so may not gain right experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics. Allow people more work hours flexibility.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inability to Change Culture is Sinking the Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I worked at Comverse full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Casual dress, free coffee, reliable (though low) paycheck.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to rule by confusion. There is no communication other than rumors. Some months, layoffs occur weekly which causes a work paralysis when managers won't okay forward movement and workers go office to office trying to find out what's going on with both projects and their own future employment. There are no career paths and your HR status (beginner, intermediate, expert) is "secret." You have to be friends with the right person to have any upward mobility. Managers are tech experts with few people skills. After all of the layoffs, there are many smart people who are starting to leave. Comverse isn't interested in retaining talent or expertise. The culture is to not communicate and not cooperate and this starts at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since salaries were frozen eight years ago, the only real perk was the ability to work from home. That was eliminated two years ago. You need to reinstate the work from home option, especially since evening and weekend work is expected. Get rid of the Bell Curve for ratings. That should have been eliminated in 1990. Retain your talent by giving them raises now, not by trying to buy them back when they are leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Too much transformation

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I have been working at Comverse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to learn and to become a pro. If you survived here you would survive anywhere.

    Cons

    No good planing. Management is always trying different strategies, instead of making a really solid plan and following it. Flexibility is good, but that is not what's happening here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some care to your employers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    crazy busy but happy working

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I have been working at Comverse full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    With so many projects/releases/customers in parallel, and now the #1 converged BSS provider, you will feel proud of it.

    Cons

    While we are crazy busy, the financial result is still bad and no increase for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make each project profitable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    ok place if you are not care too much about money and long work hour

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I worked at Comverse

    Pros

    A place where you can advance the ladder if you work really really hard and be smart; There's no glass ceiling for foreigners (in fact, most of the management are non-American). Good place to apply for H1B and Green Card.

    Cons

    Low compensation. Long hour. Complicate politics and very bad culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation is a culture, not a slogan. So you have to make your employee 'feel' good before you can pick their best idea in their mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Where every employee is actively looking for a new job

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    Current Employee - NONE  in  Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - NONE in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I have been working at Comverse

    Pros

    If you enjoy international travel, Comverse has a number of positions that require frequent client on-site meetings. There aren't really any other positives.

    Cons

    Salaries are across the board for positions of equal responsibility, which easily becomes common knowledge via the gossip engine. Raises and bonuses are nonexistent, except for the chosen few. Middle management is chock full of people who don't apparently do anything aside from writing emails, especially in the Tel Aviv office. For example, a deployment project kickoff meeting can be attended by some twenty 'project managers', half of whom are never seen again. The other half remain, with one or two actual engineers doing the work. Politics are a heavy driver throughout the company. The saying "what color is your passport" is quite relevant whenever the inevitable round of layoffs ensues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Based on your salary and perks, you shouldn't need advice. That's why you are paid as you are, right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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