Covad Communications Group Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
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  1. thorough network engineering processes and learning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    There is a long history of thorough engineering processes for network design, network equipment configuration, and testing. The senior members of technical staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly. Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Senior management keeps changing because of inability to increase profitability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great group of individuals.

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    Former Contractor - NOC Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Contractor - NOC Technician in Denver, CO

    I worked at Covad Communications Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, and easy to make friends in that environment. Your technical skills are challenged daily, giving you new opportunities to grow and learn. Most everyone was very fun to be around and pleasant to hang out with outside of work. Senior management (VP's, ect.) were very supportive of the teams and enjoyed getting to know everyone.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Maybe salary increases here and there, but headquarters is in California so working from Denver may seem as sort of a dead-end unless you are willing to move out of state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the managers in the Denver office is a bit of a "hot-head" and doesn't treat contractors very well. It might do you well in regards to retention and contractor-to-employee conversion rates to keep a closer eye on manger/employee interactions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. good vacation, Medical insurance, nice employee

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company had a very good pay, vacation, Medical insurance and hard working and nice employee

    Cons

    too much work and very stressful. due to laid off, keep adding jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to one of the very bad director -be nice to your employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Hit and miss working experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    Good open door policy. Had a very supportive manager. Worked with several competent people across the different functions. Was given increasing job responsibilities and "promotions" during employment.

    Cons

    Disjointed Infrastructure means it often takes longer than it should to get something done. Was always surprised that something as simple as a standard process either had either not been created or not communicated to the company at large. Would always have to hunt around for the correct procedure. Would sometimes get very political. Felt direct senior management was disrespectful of time and efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Could be worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    Perhaps things will improve after the MegaPath merger. There is a tuition assistance program, but only for undergraduate degrees and almost all jobs require a bachelors. There is a 401k plan but it is funded by the employees through high fund fees. Medical coverage is decent but I never really used it (fortunately).
    The private equity firm owner has deep pockets.

    Cons

    No focus on employee development, coercive and chaotic work environment. Unrealistic expectations from management based on scarce data and little employee input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, let's see what happens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Covad review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    Good benefits compared to other companies, flexible shifts, good work environment

    Cons

    changing priorities often cause inefficiencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate open communication with employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. No growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    Good experience in learning about VoIP, telecom, and Internet service providers, and seeing how amazingly difficult it is to roll out VoIP service on a nationwide level.

    Cons

    An unpleasant work experience and environment culminating in massive layoffs and selling off of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You had people running certain operations that had no business doing so. No experience, poor management skills, poor understanding of marketplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. It is not the same company anymore.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intelligence Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intelligence Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    The pay package was competitive to what other silicon valley tech companies were paying.
    Easy to get to and lots of parking spaces.

    Cons

    When I was working there, it was a series of layoffs and dismissals. It would be surprising if you could go a quarter without someone you kew getting let go. What was going on whas always kept away from the employees, and the leadership was questionable (it has changed since)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency would be a start, although it would scare away a portion of employees, if handled correctly and having policies in place to reward those who assisted in keeping the company afloat and growing the business should be visibly rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Outsource Everything

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    Overall Covad has competitive compensation package. Tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision 401k.

    Cons

    Leadership is incompetent. The company used to be 5000 employees and is now under 500. They outsource everything. A bad quarter typically is followed by layoffs. Wash rinse and repeat...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a clear vision for the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. The software department sucks

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Covad Communications Group

    Pros

    1. Laid back attitude
    2. Not much work

    Cons

    1. Too much politics
    2. Management (all level) sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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