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Overly bureaucratic and only interested in good metrics, not good products

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Avaya full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Nearly everyone that I've worked with has been nice and hard(-ish) working. Work-live balance seems good day to day. Compensation can be reasonable if you negotiate well (be careful with vacation now that they're moving to "discretionary time off"). Other benefits are fine (but watch out for more cuts here).

Cons

It's impossible to get anything done (and shipped to customers) without official approval. This wouldn't be so bad if getting official approval didn't double the length of the project. It's a bunch of little things that add up. You go to committee to try to get your project concept approved and if the other presentations run over, you could have to wait weeks for the next opportunity. All of the different players get to estimate how long they'll take, and they all over estimate because things fall apart if anyone goes over. Everyone seems happy to help, but only if they can make it official so they get the budget for their time. After years of layoffs, incentives to leave, and benefit cuts nobody is feeling very secure. There's very little investment in the future, in the products or in the employees. It seems like company owners are just getting what they can before they can sell it to some unsuspecting buyer.

Advice to Management

Replace the people at the top. Lead from engineering, not quarterly sales/finance. A company this size should have way more people in research and new product development. Don't just milk the existing products, build something that will be great in two or five years. Treat your employees fairly. If you're going to take some form of compensation away, be sure to replace it with something that the employees want more. Strip down the process, or make safe-havens for rapid development.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    It was a job

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    Former Employee - Sales Support
    Former Employee - Sales Support

    I worked at Avaya full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and good people.

    Cons

    Too much turn over at the executive level. This churn created constant change and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Put a stake in the ground and stick too it.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Few development opportunities remained in California

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Avaya full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn/employ new technologies. Interesting/challenging work. Engaged first/second level managers and coworkers. In general, good inter-team cooperation. Worldwide, many very technically astute employees. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    Too much reliance on old-technology products, with new product development geared toward sustaining the golden goose. Management sometimes makes short-sighted decisions in quest to save a buck (e.g. fragmenting product development team to the extent that it is very difficult for globally dispersed teams to get anything done.).

    Advice to Management

    Reject product management bloated product feature sets that kill time-to-market. Continue townhall meetings to keep employees informed.

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