Extreme Networks

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Extreme Networks Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
81 Reviews
3.4
81 Reviews
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Charles Berger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Professional, great management, good work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Small company, able to work on variety of areas (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upward advancement can take a long time; senior management turns over every two-three years; many years of little to no market growth (in 4 reviews)

  • Lay Offs are happening every year (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    The company is positioned well for the future; it's value proposition to customers is excellent

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Engineering team in Raleigh rocks. Long tenure of key engineers means they know the technology and are great mentors for new team members

    Cons

    The enterprise networking market is not a high growth market, so it can be frustrating working on technology that isn't adopted quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to innovate and go for big, new markets. Be aggressive with technology and invest for the longer term

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Extreme Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is not too bad.

    Cons

    Since the Extreme purchased Enterasys, I no longer feel like a valued employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set the right priorities for the employees. Value all employees, not just the ones that you worked with prior to the merger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "18 Year start up - Slowly on the decline"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations - Supply Chain in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Operations - Supply Chain in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Extreme Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work atmosphere is great. Good compensation and benefits. Used to have great culture with a lot of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Had great hopes for the company until the Enterasys acquisition. Way too many politics with clueless managers and VP's from legacy Enterasys taking over. In exchange for keeping all of the legacy Extreme executive staff, they decided to replace all of the directors and manager levels with Enterasys folks. A lot of talented individuals left the company or were laid off. Huge culture clash between East and West coast offices. Tons of nepotism from Enterasys managers keeping "their" people, and not the most qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive staff needs to open their eyes and see what's happening with the work force and moral. Keeping and growing talent is constantly emphasized, yet they are the ones laying off or allowing talent and knowledge to leave the company at an alarming rate; most of the time to competitors. Goals and projects are very short sided without much planing or forethought.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extreme is the expert on Layoffs! In the 12 years I worked there, at least one or more layoffs every year! I can see that has not changed since I left.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Extreme Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I see no pros to working at Extreme

    Cons

    They never make it better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extreme has tons of potential as a company but leadership and vision is an issue

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great people, smart engineers, World Class R&D and services leadership, Excellent products at a good price, Excellent new sales Executive

    Cons

    Combining two companies (acquisition of Enterasys) is problematic. The tough decisions are not being made. The CEO is the weak link. He is not "all in" and does not have the mid-cap experience needed. He does not understand Extreme's business and is an embarrassment in front of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the Board of Directors, Replace the CEO immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, awesome people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Extreme Networks full-time

    Pros

    great technology, people and space

    Cons

    benefits are ok, not as competitive as other tech companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a chasm-crossing focus area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is this a IT company?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Extreme Networks as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Online training.
    Ceo makes me laugh.

    Cons

    Brand culture is all wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time management, life outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going down hill since Enterasys Merger.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Extreme Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Payrate Legacy Extreme folks roadmap.

    Cons

    Enterasys Management give favoritism to legacy Enterasys employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your people. You are giving Extreme a bad reputation by getting rid of hard working people that have strong relationships with customers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales, Engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Extreme Networks

    Pros

    Nimble field staff and first line management

    Cons

    Lack of clear company goals

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Salem, NH
    Former Employee - Accountant in Salem, NH

    I worked at Extreme Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    salary benefits good company to work for

    Cons

    relocation of corporate HQ not good if you liven in NH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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