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Questionable Vision

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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Nuance

Pros

- Good PTO policies
- Flexible Schedule (Depends on the group)
- Interesting Work

Cons

- There seems to be a lack of vision for the organic growth of the products acquired. They tend to languish over a period of time and die on the vine.
- It's very top-down. Worker bees are first to go In one group there are at least 2 managers to every worker. Very inefficient
- No clear ideas on how to innovate. I lay this at the feat of the CEO who probably understands everything about how to run a traditional business and nothing about how to make a software company sustainable and successful.
- Acquisitions seem to be for IP and also for hiding systemic financial problems. It is very odd timing indeed that the company acquires a new company either right before financials are released or right after. The stock seems to languish mid-quarter and then is boosted again via a well timed acquisition.
- Every new hire has to be approved by the CEO. Riddiculous.
- Compensation lags
- The benefits are horrible here on the west coast. If you like not being able to see a real doctor then this is the place for you

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Run the company as a whole like a software company.
Thin the management herd.
Be more hands off in hiring people, and more hands on in providing the resources for success.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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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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    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
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