Nuance

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Big company obsessed with the bottom line

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Burlington, MA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Burlington, MA

I have been working at Nuance

Pros

Employee purchase plan
co-workers are nice poeple

Cons

No merit increases for over a year and half
inexperienced managers
acquire new companies too often
employees are just a number
lack of career path

Advice to ManagementAdvice

take care of your people

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Interesting technology, incompetent management

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

    I worked at Nuance

    Pros

    The technology is some of the most interesting out there for engineers.
    There is a handful of brilliant engineers from whom you can learn.
    There are lots of interesting technical challenges and an enthusiastic customer base.

    Cons

    Management is more interested in their own success, much less their employees'
    Career ladder is a joke. Promotional favor is given to friends of managers.
    Code quality is not a priority of this company. Getting products out fast is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be able to demonstrate competence in the area they are managing. For example, engineering managers should have a track record in engineering.

    Reviews should include both peer reviews and reviews of managers. Neither currently exists. Code reviews should be part of the review process for engineers.

    All software projects should have an architect who is responsible for code quality, development, and all technical decisions.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    More Cons than Pro's, that's for sure

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Nuance

    Pros

    Pay is decent, if negotiated up front, otherwise do not expect to increase much of the course of your employment. Benefits (PTO, Medical) are good.

    Cons

    Too centralized - Paul has an eagles grip on every expenditure, new hires. He should be more focused on growing the company than whether or not additional resources need his approval. Raises are rare, unless you are senior management. Company wide bonus is approved by B.O.D. ever year, a portion of which is related to company performance, however not one employee knows what those goals are, until the fiscal year is over and we are told we only hit 75% of "The Number". Employees are overworked (average Finance employee works anywhere from 60-75 hours a week). There is NO work/life balance! Communication is horrible! Integrations of acquired companies are a nightmare and not very well completed. Seems managements only concern is acquiring rather than how well we can integrate (poor integrations do affect customer relations). Infrastructure is extremely poor and needs serious investments. Morale is overall unacceptable. Many employees/managers have been there since Scansoft/Speechworks days and continue to be small minded and not think outside the box. HR Policies are great for a company of 50 people, not 6,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be an "undercover boss" for a few days. Provide the necessary resources we need to keep up with the acquisitions. Listen to the employees. Do not keep delaying raises. Be honest to employees. Instill a more positive influence on the workforce; say hello to the employees, have lunch with us, encourage a work/life balance, improve the infrastructure, recruit managers who can run a billion dollar business rather than a million dollar business, and finally, decentralize decision making!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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