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Good experience so far

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Polycom

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Decent benefits, Good atmosphere to work in

Cons

Less salary hikes, management could focus more on product creation rather than simply competing with current solutions

Advice to Management

Focus on invention

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Polycom is what you make of it

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    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I worked at Polycom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. Opportunities for professional development.

    Polycom is challenged by the commoditization of conferencing technologies. This is exceptionally difficult to navigate no matter how well you execute. Success will depend on more risk-taking than the company is used to. The original CEO and CFO created a culture and value system of "pay as you go". This translates to an edict to fund development out of cash flow and leave the big pile of cash untouched except for acquisitions. This was a wise discipline when VC was growing. But now the conservative approach is holding Polycom back from funding the development of the Next Big Thing.

    That said, Polycom is big enough that the ship is likely to keep floating for quite a while no matter what happens. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for individuals in the organization.

    The most impressive thing about Polycom is that it does have a culture of genuinely valuing its people and holding performers in esteem. There is more a true meritocracy at Polycom than you will find most places.

    If you work hard, own your career path, make things happen, and stay creative, you'll find opportunities at Polycom.

    Cons

    At Polycom you will find people who extoll the wisdom of "The Innovator's Dilemma" and then in the same breath of air, go on to tell you about product ideas that have to be killed because they might cannibalize the current product portfolio. Polycom, you will innovate or die. What currently passes for innovation is merely incrementalism. As I heard a Polycom talent developer once say "If you're not risking your job, you're risking your job".

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks. Commit to longer term. Be brave enough to take a hit this Q for sake of future. Stop the much hated mandatory PTO. This costs more in morale than it helps you this Q. It emphasizes the message that you only care about this Q.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Great people to work with. Management approach is challenging to work with at best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polycom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Chances for Training and advancing knowledge base,
    Incredible Benefits!
    Location Perks are wonderful.
    You have all the tools and resources available to do your job comfortably and with the best technology available.

    Cons

    Culture of fear and exclusion.
    Very little leadership from management.
    Complicated procedures make it hard to get anything done or effect positive change.
    Work life balance is dismal.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the micromanagement. Your employees are professionals that are willing to go the extra mile to get things done. Forcing authority without respect results in loss of production and complete atrophy of a team environment. Respect and value the players on your team and they will follow you any where.

    Look at your business practices. There's a reason why the nick name "Polycomplicated" is passed around so frequently.

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