Avaya

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

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  • Culture & Values
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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constantly changing, not in a good way, very short-term mentality, no ability to manage at the C level.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Basking Ridge, NJ

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, telecommuting all make an attractive package,

    Cons

    No executive vision, constantly turnover in executive staff. Hardware and sales driven culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace and manage services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Is this company being prepared to sell off in parts?

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

    I have been working at Avaya full-time

    Pros

    The salary is pretty good. Work hours are generally set and you are not required to work over-time

    Cons

    Company is changing the benefits. 401K match and bonus tied to company performance and company hasn't been meeting the numbers. Company has offered early retirement packages and has lost a lot of good people to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a company that looks like it is being prepared to sell off (most likely in parts). Too many jobs moved out of United States. New workers do not have the experience necessary in the telecom industry to succeed. Be honest with the employees. If you are indeed getting ready to sell off parts of the company, let the employees know. You can do that much for them at least.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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