ICANN
3.4 of 5 11 reviews
www.icann.org Los Angeles, CA 150 to 499 Employees

ICANN Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
ICANN – Los Angeles – “ICANN HQ”

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3.4 11 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

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Fadi Chehadé

(5 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsCompetitive compensation, quick opportunities for growth and development, great medical, dental, vision, 401k benefits, generally good office location, extremely diverse workforce

    Conspoor work-life balance; very heavy work loads and high performance expectations, strong micro-management culture, very vocal leadership with little follow-through to change own behavior/dept. culture (top-down example)

    Advice to Senior Managementevolve from putting out fires to preventing them

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Operations Specialist (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood life-balance unless you're a manager. Things always change so you're never bored. Great benefits.

    ConsTakes a while to learn everything; it's unlike any other place to work. Very specific.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow loyalty to your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Benefits are the best, but the bureaucracy doesn't make them worth it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOne word... benefits. They are the best I have ever seen.

    Consbureaucracy. Can't accomplish anything because everyone/ every department not only wants a say, but actually gets a say. And legal pretty much runs the show. Nothing gets done without their approval, which wouldn't be so bad if their turnaround was faster. This effects every single role at ICANN, no matter how low or high you are here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFantastic benefits, great pay and bonus structure, lots of international travel and a truly diversified workforce.

    ConsIt's a complex environment, global in nature, and we work hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting job, destructive culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Marina del Rey, CA

    ProsInteresting work. Complex environment (in a good way). Never dull.

    ConsTerrible internal culture. Risk-adverse. Suspicious and paranoid. Aggressive broader community. Poor senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork hard on creating a more free-flowing ideas culture. Have the courage to reward positive people and remove destructive individuals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to work

    Communications Assistant (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat people and great environment

    Consnot that I could see while there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
    Marina del Rey, CA

    ProsGreat work environment with intelligent, focused team of people who want to see ICANN do well.

    ConsNeeds a new breed of innovative managers who use new technology effectively.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits - Need to shed the old culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Marina del Rey, CA

    ProsGreat benefits
    Smart people
    International work on the forefront of future Internet policy
    Flexible work hours
    New recruits coming in from larger well established companies

    ConsFar to reactionary an organiztion.
    Company needs to evolve from start up mind set to medium size mindset
    Need to mature departmental roles, responsiblitilies, processes and procedures
    Need to recruit talent from larger organizations that can stop the reactionary nature of current management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire in top talent from large companies that can bring mature practices to ICANN

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    "Global" mandate but still Marina del Rey centric

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible: dress code, hours, telework.
    ICANN closes down for X-mas thru New years.
    Travel (if you are viewed as useful, which is tricky)
    Smart colleagues
    Cool industry- always something going on in the "space"

    ConsUnreasonable workload
    Community can be borderline abusive with staff
    Being a non-regulated industry, some business units, such as Compliance, can seem like they are drinking from a fire hydrant, given the volume of complaints versus the resources (and collaboration within ICANN) to address problems.
    Perceived lack of independence of ICANN w/r/t its need to serve the global internet community, not its contracted parties.
    Old timers, or legacy employees, are the circle of trust which can be difficult to penetrate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo as you preach: make ICANN less MdR-centric. Also, ICANN will never be the "Internet nation state", no matter how much leadership tries to sell that weird idea to the UN.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential with the right leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart colleagues and great benefits. The work is interesting and challenging.

    ConsA lot of smart capable people working in silo's with a lack of communication between departments. Upper management is out of touch with the everyday frustrations of hardworking employee's. There are some very capable managers that are respected by their teams and some managers who are either ineffective or incompetent in their positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to take a serious look at who is in management that shouldn't be and which employee's aren't in management that should be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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