Extreme Networks

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Extreme Networks Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
72 Reviews

3.5
72 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Small company size enables employees to get your hands in many projects and gain lots of experience (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Better than a sharp stick in the eye

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Manager  in  Salem, NH
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Salem, NH

    Pros

    In the software groups, engineers are not expected to kill themselves. It is largely results oriented, and a good engineer can meet expectations working 40 hours per week - maybe a little extra. The management team from Enterasys is good and you feel good working with them. Directors and above have unlimited vacation time. Lots of opportunity for technical growth. You can work in tax free New Hampshire!

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for moving up the ladder - basically due to small organization size and long average tenure of managers and senior engineers. None of the products seems to be #1 in the industry (though the customer service is very highly rated).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Tough

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people and you learn a lot

    Cons

    Disorganized management. Small fish in a pond with big fish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably its best to sell the company. The economics don't support being a small player in this space

  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Professional, great management, good work life balance

    Cons

    Need to be more open to new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical Executive Administrator position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Nice office, fairly easy straightforward job. Typical 8:00 - 5:00 Bring your dog to work

    Cons

    Everyone's dog is in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moment to say hello to your employees and learn a little something about their life. Remember to say thank you!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work for Engineering - company at a tipping point

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Engineers are engaged and love the work and the people with whom they work. Employees care about the customers.

    Cons

    Lots of spending by senior leaders, it seems, that is unnecessary. Culture is changing due to acquisition of Enterasys, and there is a lot of California vs North Carolina vs New Hampshire. It seems there are lots of politics involving these locations with senior leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now is the time to focus on execution. Keep employees engaged and rewarded, not just senior leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    After working at Extreme for 12 years, I have to say they have changed in a major way and NOT in a good way.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Before the dot.com bust, Extreme was a great place to work, they appreciated their employees as the most important asset. Salary was respectful but raises were small.

    Cons

    Extreme fixes all of its financial problems with layoffs 2-3 times a year! Executive staff was a revolving door, at 4 CEOs and HR VPs during my tenure. Also, while I was there we went 3 years with no raises at all, then when they did finally give raises they were 2-3%! After 3 years this was an insult to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extreme really needs to go back to caring about their employees; and fix their current culture! They need to provide training for employees, not just their Engineers! The engineers are the only employees that they consider to be of value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good place to work, tough to sell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

    Pros

    good corporate culture. fun work environment. tech centric.

    Cons

    small market share makes being in sales or systems engineering tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to share here

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of talk, poor execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

    Pros

    Great product(s), some very talented people
    Excellent compensation, very lucrative for sales people

    Cons

    Extreme Networks bought Enterays Networks and obviously some position commitments were made by the CEO. Our Global VP of sales was immediately replaced with former Enterasys CEO, our North American VP of sales replaced with an Enterasys employee, as were several administrative and regional director positions. I was cautiously optimistic about the success of the company before all of this but now feel that it will just be old guard Enterasys/Cabletron in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merger/acquisition really didn't make sense. It impacted a number of really qualified professionals for what? Doubling of revenue in two already small niche players in the networking industry? Extreme needs to find the "hook" in an already saturated industry that will allow the two merged organizations to differentiate themselves and move the needle towards growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for.

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Plenty of benefits

    Cons

    Senior Mgmt to take care of the amazing talents of people and not lay them off

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great learning experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Goal oriented work environment. Not micromanaged by managers. Decent compensation and opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Although given freedom to work at your own pace, there was often a lack of direction by management. Fellow employees lacked the drive and professionalism I wanted while interning here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate employees to go above expectations and push themselves towards excellence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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