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3COM - a friendly place to work, with good culture

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Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at 3Com

Pros

3COM had a great corporate culture, employees were valued and treaty fairly and compensated well. My overall compensation package included : base salary, sign-on bonus, 3 bonus (quarterly), profit sharing and stock options. They also had a great tuition reimbursement plan and excellent onsite facilities (3 cafeterias, onsite laundry, gym, etc). We were always kept in the communication loop by senior management and employee morale was high. The environment was professional, relaxed and high performers were recognized. Employees were courteous and friendly, in general. Managers were accountable and tried hard to make the environment pleasant for employees. What more can I say ?

Cons

Really none. It was overall a great place to work. Sometimes. interdepartmental communications were not very effective as other departments knew things that our department did not know. But, management tried hard to improve overall communications. Overall, some acquisitions that 3COM made were poor and led to the company's demise a decade ago. It does not appear that 3COM has ever recovered from these corporate decisions. 3COM did not have the sharpest folks, but most folks were there that wanted a work/life balance and 3COM was excellent at providing this. Managers were generally understanding when it come to granting time off, etc.

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    A place to remember ...

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    3Com has a good corporate culture, like some other bigger US corporate. My life at 3Com had been good and memorable. Things still get done efficiently, and biz stress are not directly passed down to engineering. It's a good place to remember.

    Cons

    Since 2001 and beyond, 3Com has lost focus of its engineering R&D interest. Various re-organization and executive plannings breaking up the company and then regroup them back-and-forth are adding to the spiral downturn of 3Com reputation. At the end, it simply becomes a sales channel with the higher prize product but just "streets" router/switch quality. Sigh...

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    Be more engineering oriented. Back to the old 3Com culture.

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    now belongs to HP... could be one of the high tech leaders...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3Com

    Pros

    Best hardware, recommended as "no problem in the future..."

    Cons

    lost focus, lots of new products not tied to the core

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