Nuance

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Great products, terrible management.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

I worked at Nuance

Pros

Good benefits. Most peers very cooperative and great to work with. Interdepartmental cooperation was generally good.

Cons

Too much management interest in tracking the work and squeezing the employees, too little management energy focused on facilitating. People tend to keep their heads down and not make waves to avoid the wrath of management. Because of the tendency to manage by intimidation, the culture is so focused on work that people tend to seem anti-social and, as a result, it takes a while to feel like a member of the team.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need to help management be more positive in general and more appreciative of their best employees. Morale always seemed poor.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Painful yet Laughable

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    Current Employee - Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Nuance

    Pros

    Popcorn, Soda, flexibility in hours and humorous material provided by all levels of management. This will benefit my next career as a standup comic.

    As a stock-holder, thumbs up. As an employee, read on ...

    Cons

    Right out of the gate, it’s all about the "flare". The company and management teams focus solely on making the product look good but not necessarily perform well. Management will cross any boundaries to ensure that Marketing deadlines are adhered to, including asking people to spin their wheels for the sake of spinning their wheels.

    Executives and Board are focused solely on the short term stock prices, regardless of what they say. Almost any dip in quarterly numbers in the past 4-5 years, has been quickly followed up with a reduction in force.

    Most middle managers are only focused on managing products and not people and offer very little communication because they really have nothing to communicate in regards to career or team building.

    This is not a place for the weak-hearted. If its just a stop-over to the next opportunity then probably worth the pain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in mind that there are many many smart, hardworking worker-bees in this company that will be leaving shortly. If career advancement is only available at the top levels, your workers will seek career advancement elsewhere.

    If you really believe its just a few sour grapes, try opening your door and walking the floors for a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worker respect is an after thought at Nuance.

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    Former Employee - Software Applications Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Applications Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Nuance

    Pros

    Some of the pros about this place included a great benefits package, very intelligent co-workers, and a chance to work with some new and cutting edge technologies. Free Soda?

    Cons

    Where to begin..well first off this place treats workers as expendable. Be prepared to work long hours and to sacrifice your weekends and personal time all in the name of padding Paul Ricci's pockets. Nuance is a perfect example of a company that pays their employees just enough not to quit. As a result most employees do just enough work not to get fired. Worker morale is also very low because of the constant threat of lay offs. Expect to be managed by a group of technically incompetent project managers who are constantly asking: "Is it done yet? Is it fixed yet?". Also if you work here DO NOT expect a raise..ever. Nuance simply just does not give them. Try to restrain yourself when the HR department explains that the "bad economy" has the company short on cash for raises only to open your e-mail the next day to read that Nuance acquired three new companies for $300 million in cash. Rejoice when you get your 2% bonus after working countless weekends and nights for months on end. Another major topic worth mentioning is that Nuance is INCREDIBLY political much more than most companies. Nuance does not reward contributers but rather rewards individuals who know how to cozy up to management and play political games. Sadly I would not recommend working here. Just about everyone one of my old co-workers at Nuance was either actively seeking other opportunities to leave or waiting for the economy to improve to find a better job because Nuance is literally a career dead end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees of Nuance are the greatest asset that it posses. Disgruntling employees is a sure way to have very brilliant and talented people leave and apply their skills to other companies. Having low worker morale is also a sure way to have otherwise brilliant people produce mediocre work. Treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
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