Extreme Networks Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Extreme Networks President and CEO Charles Berger
Charles Berger
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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. Helpful (1)

    Valuable experience gained over the last 4 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, very capable and driven.

    Cons

    Acquisition of Enterasys has taken much longer and has been rocky internally. To much us against them, need to get products integrated and kill others to get some economies of the combined company. Too much patting ourselves on the back that our products are the greatest where we have a lot of work to do across the lines.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully our new CRO will make some changes at the top and thought the sales org.

  2. Worst mistake I've every made ....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Extreme Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller, more agile company that should be able to take a leadership role in an industry that is undergoing huge transitions.

    Cons

    Total inability to make decisions. Tries to do everything and accomplishes nothing. No sense of urgency. No forward action. Always looking to the past and protecting what it has with no regard to build market share or growing the customer base.

    Hopeless and inept management. IT organization is a nearly totally dysfunctional organization. Internal networks are down more often than not. Support infrastructure rarely works. Tools are hopelessly outdated and lack investment.

    To top that off, there's the ABSOLUTELY FATAL MERGER/ACQUISITION DECISION TO BY ENTERASYS. In the world of acquisitions, the 3 most important factors are culture, culture, culture and in that regard the two companies were absolutely and almost violently on different sides on every, I mean EVERY, matter big and small. I can think of NOTHING the two did the same.

    Finally there's trust. Everyone, and I mean everyone, that I know that joined the company in the last couple of years were flat out lied to about what we'd be able to earn work for the company and as a result employee reaction ranges from rage to shock when the first couple of quarters go by and you look at your options and no hope of bonuses and no management decisions/direction that could possibly lead to such. In the end, its just a huge cut in pay that most can't afford and so the panic, rage and anger sinks in. Everyone is looking for a way out.

    Advice to Management

    Massive cutback in product line. Focus just on stackables for the Education market, exit all other businesses and products. Then kill staff not aligned to that mission. Bet everything on SDN for growth from that point of strength.

    Find a buyer.

  3. Used to Be Cool

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    I guess the campus in RDU and San Jose are cool. They feed office employees on Wednesdays and generally have a nice work environment. It's to bad the management and work sucks so much

    Cons

    Over management is a huge problem. In my position I have 7 bosses who often contradict each other. They're also big on wasting time. The ISR team has weekly calls that don't amount to anything. The field only has a small grasp on what is happening with their customers and that information only barely gets passed onto the Inside team. There's a big power struggle going on right now between the old Extreme and old Enterasys folks to see who gets to run the show. With Jeff White coming in and bringing a bunch of his Cisco buddies with him it looks like it's just going to be a Cisco 2.0 if the upgrade were smaller and didn't adequeatly know how to sell things. As an ISR you also won't actually be selling anything. You'll be more of a glorified secretary for the overworked field. Your comp plan is also tied to the field sales so basically you're getting paid (very little) commission from a quota you don't have any control over.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a better way to do support renewals. The process you "fixed" after the merger is a travesty. Stop tying your employees hands especially the India team. Get the AEs to do their own work rather than push justifications and other BS tasks off on the ISRs. Maybe then we wouldn't be so backed up on renewals.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    A Thankless Company - Avoid at All Cost

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Product Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product Marketing in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Extreme Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good new campus and some good products

    Cons

    Always struggling to make numbers, Constant change, Increasingly political and less diverse, Practically no bemuses or recognition for top performers, Extremely hard to get promoted, Lack of budgets and time to market, Lack of focus.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to interact with employees and grow people from within. Recognize and reward and promote a culture of fairness. Listen to key brains within instead of consultants. Eliminate the culture of fear and dictatorship. Rehire the top talent kicked out instead of lot of VPs at the top tier.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Extreme Networks is a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Extreme Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I love the people i work with and there is such dedication to doing the right thing for the company. My manager helps me develop and encourages the same for my people.

    Cons

    Still experiencing some growing pains, but overall a great place. Turnover in leadership is still a bit rocky as they try to get the right fit for the new combined company.

  7. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Extreme Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many challanges
    Good teaming environment
    Benefits
    Values
    Self starting environment

    Cons

    Bias toward Silicon Valley
    Lost of administrative details to get simple tasks done

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Used to be a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is not too bad.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  10. Helpful (2)

    "18 Year start up - Slowly on the decline"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    Pros

    I see no pros to working at Extreme

    Cons

    They never make it better.

    Advice to Management

    LOL

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