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Comverse Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
139 Reviews
2.4
139 Reviews
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Comverse President & CEO Philippe Tartavull
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you have a personal issue, you can move your time around and work from home (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice working environment to work too (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's What You Make of It

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Comverse full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you're smart, need little direction, and work hard, you can move up. The company's offices and management are spread-out across all continents, so people who need constant direction from their management will fail. If you're a leader, even if not in a leadership position, you'll succeed.

    Cons

    By the time I left, an exodus of top talent had just begun (and still continues). Company continuously showed an indifference to talent leaving, regardless of whether the talent was exceptional, mediocre, or poor. No meaningful plan in place fo attract or retain the best. It's a great place to learn and hone your craft, but then you need to leave and apply those skills elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're on the slippery slope. Seems that to fix the bottom-line, you're letting all the good ones walk. That helps your expense line, but kills innovation and revenue too. Make people want to stay, not leave. It's not too late.

  2.  

    Worked full time at company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wakefield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wakefield, MA

    I worked at Comverse full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Promoted and recognized for hard work, employees have excellent work ethic

    Cons

    Top management caused company to have to layoff countless employees and suffer a serious financial crisis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inability to Change Culture is Sinking the Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I worked at Comverse full-time (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communicate with employees better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue in Wakefield, MA
    Current Employee - Revenue in Wakefield, MA

    I have been working at Comverse full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging work, fast-paced environment, International exposure, excellent salary (initially).

    Cons

    Never ending layoff's creates an atmosphere of extreme uncertainty, stress, and reduces collaboration. Employee reviews are non-existent. Internal politics seem to encourage lack of team-work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold Management responsible for conducting Employee reviews. Communicate if performance increases will or will not occur, oppose to evade the question/situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company in a downward spiral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Level
    Current Employee - Director Level

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

    Pros

    Very Good people to work with, company is very agile and one could find opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the low side, especially since the company has been on the losing side of business for several years. This also impacts morale and pushes good people to leave.
    The company has been losing for a while and has been shrinking (frequent layoffs), the future does not seem bright.
    Very demanding work conditions. - take into account before applying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Need direction otherwise we all be looking for a job.
    2. Try to retain key talent. the company is not doing enough and we are losing good people. When business picks up, we will not have the talent to execute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Comverse full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Allow remote work based on manager's decision.

    Cons

    Frequent Re-orgs .Senior Management does not care about retaining employees or their growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company in Transition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wakefield, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wakefield, MA

    I have been working at Comverse full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual dress, colleagues are pretty laid back, leave by 5 most days, there's opportunities to learn quite a bit about telecommunications industry. Everyone is generally pretty nice there, despite some issues with financial performance it's not too poisonous.

    Cons

    The company has struggled somewhat financially in recent years and there has been some layoffs. They're overly dependent on telecommunications industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify top talent and promote from there. Diversify products and industries, be more inspirational.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too much transformation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glory time passed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Comverse full-time

    Pros

    coworkers are team oriented, help each other out

    Cons

    compensation bad, get cheaper and cheaper

  11.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Comverse

    Pros

    To get industry experience and knowledge

    Cons

    benefits, work life balance, senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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