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Bad management and a very political environment

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

Pros

A leader in a relatively stable market sector. Has some good technologies - especially in the speech recognition area. Allows for remote workers.

Cons

A very political office environment. Some departments are run by a few incompetent managers who are in their positions just because they are a part of the “in-crowd”. Good work seldomly get rewarded, but, if you are part of the in-crowd, you can pretty much do no wrongs. It is a highly stressful environment both in terms of the atmosphere and the workload. There is no work/life balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay attention to what some of your managers are doing. These deadwoods will sing some pretty songs, but they contribute nothing to innovation or the company's growth. In fact, they are killing employee motivation and driving good people away.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Profits and politics are more important than the employees

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    *Very good benefits package
    *Very good salary
    *Enjoyed working with my small team
    *My manager was very fair and efficient

    Cons

    *Absolutely NO work/life balance - 60+ hour work weeks are the expected norm, as well as working weekends very frequenty
    *Regular layoffs, usually once per quarter, some of which are driven by performance, but many of which are driven by politics
    *Company values profits and shareholders over the employees that make the company successful
    *Very little opportunity for professional growth for those outside the favorable political circle
    *High stress environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your "growth by hostile takeover" methodology is flawed! Also, treat your employees better, because they are what makes your company so successful. Remove the looming threat of layoffs every quarter - growth at the expense of talented individuals is why this company has such a horrible reputation in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    No growth opportunities, sweatshop, regular layoffs even when finances are good

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Nuance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic technology, smart people, 4 weeks of vacation.

    Cons

    Management does not value people or diversity - only profits, uniformity, and submissiveness. Work/life balance non-existent in some areas - the company owns you 24x7. Layoffs two plus times per year whether needed or not. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on ethics and positive management styles, recognize people are assets that should be developed and nurtured. Board of directors could build a better, stronger company by replacing majority of exec management and requiring ethical business and management practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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