Lenovo Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Fair work life balance depending on department (in 21 reviews)

  • Have the ability to work from home (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • You will work 24/7 with little work life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Does not invests on employees,No work life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Lead Development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Development Representative in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Lead Development Representative in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Lenovo full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management team! The job is not hard if you can talk to people.

    Cons

    You have to work through a contractor before becoming a full-time Lenovo employee

    Lenovo Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thanks for your comments and your time with us. Not all roles are contractor first roles at Lenovo. All jobs on our career site are full time roles


  2. Helpful (2)

    Mixed overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Lenovo full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, nice office in Morrisville, and generally speaking, most of my peers and immediate team were great to work with. Lenovo parties and events are interesting, and raffles and occasional special employee sales on hardware are also nice. Once you get into vision, employee motivation, management, retention, work/life balance - I'd say it's highly BU/org dependent, but that leads into the cons. It's also possible that you get lucky, as I worked with a lot of solid individuals that I enjoyed working with, but things really fall apart at mid and upper management in many cases.

    Cons

    Silos Possibly with good reason initially, Lenovo let each brand and Geo more or less run things the way they wanted to. This makes some sense during acquisitions or expanding product lines, but eventually needs to centralize again on things like standard services to customers, which software and systems are in use globally (except for China; literally worldwide = worldwide - China for various initiatives, policies, standards). Often you would find different groups effectively "competing" against each other with similar initiatives, or with unclear expectations as each brand believes they are "priority one," or will go off to build another silo'd solution (why would anyone EVER fund such things?) while Sr. Mgmt. doesn't produce a top-down cohesive plan or vision - compounding this sort of issue further, costing money and time, and diluting customer experience along with internal effectiveness. Reliance on IBM at any cost IBM obviously had the better lawyers in various agreements, to the point they make it nearly as expensive, or moreso, to move away from many long standing agreements with them. Everyone knows the high relative costs there, but when new initiatives come up not covered by existing IBM agreements, inevitably some will try to push IBM as a solution provider, instead of looking into more cost effective and efficient options. The reliance on IBM increases Lenovo's cost of doing business, which they decide to counter via random layoffs vs. smart business. You also might be wise to point out the obvious inconsistencies and costs of partnering w/IBM, depending who you may be speaking with. Work/life balance We get it, we're a global company, but there are ways to schedule meetings that limit the recurring evening (US time) meetings to 1-2 nights/week, instead dog perpetual ad-hoc until you realize you have several hours of meetings every night of the week, on top of your normal work days. Management This may well have some dependency on where you work, and for whom. Some Directors are solid, along with some Executive Directors, but often there's a never-ending cycle of "emergencies" that really aren't, often times created by some managing upwards/brown-nosing far more than considering team capacity, dwindling levels of motivation, or in some cases, putting personal "achievements" and reputation over the best interests of the company and team. Throw in random initiatives that shouldn't exist at all coming in from China or other groups, and the possibility for chaos is fairly high until upper management sets a solid top-down vision and clear responsibilities across the company, IT and other teams.

    Advice to Management

    1. Stop being a cash tree for IBM, from services to infrastructure to parts. If they aren't solution and price competitive, look elsewhere - there are a lot of former IBMers @ Lenovo, which is fine (some good people), but the first loyalty should be in improving Lenovo, not lining IBM's pockets perpetually. 2. Stop the silo mentality - every brand or geo should not have their own projects going that impacts customers, partners, or internal access to needed data. Work to form a top-down vision and clear set of responsibilities, with clear and sole ownership of various services for the entire company. The different GEOs and brands are obviously key stakeholders and influencers, but how many places should customers need to go to find answers, or how many different systems with similar but not quite the same data should exist? Each case of this costs money and time, and only furthers the silo issues. 3. Random layoffs could be lessened quite a bit if you address 1. and 2. above by limited the wasted expenses related to them. One company, one vision, this is how we do it (w/out competing or overlapping responsibilities) saves a lot more $ vs many silos, many overlapping initiatives, and people are the lifeblood of a company. At the very least, make efforts to shift people into other roles versus the latest - buy another chunk of IBM w/employees, then kicking them out months later. Eventually fewer people will even consider working for you, and then what?


  3. Helpful (3)

    Better managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Lenovo full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and salary. Global company

    Cons

    HR needs to train managers better and have the right person lead Americas group

    Advice to Management

    Make p3 mean something. When you layoff go by people with poor performance


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lots of promises, little results

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Morrisville, NC
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Lenovo as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers can be fun to work with and lots of opportunities to work on new technologies

    Cons

    Too many to share. Constant office politics, management makes decisions based on personal feelings rather than logical decisions. The business is owned by China and it’s obvious where their priorities are. Managers motivate employees by the volume of their voice rather than the value of their words.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Lenovo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and befit package

    Cons

    I don't know if there is any

    Lenovo Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback and your work with us


  7. Fair enough

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fulfillment in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Fulfillment in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Lenovo full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Decent health insurance / benefits -Yearly bonus -work from home option in some areas -

    Cons

    Management gives pressure to innovate and share ideas and end up doing whatever the hell they want. Employees are not motivated correctly and they don't really want to know what your problems are, just make sure you get to work and work. All in all the benefits are the reason I don't leave but its tiresome to work for a company that's not very well organized and a bit hypocritical which is understandable based on IBM mgmt and being replaced w/chinese new generation mgmt... many managers promote the lower end employees to be able to get rid of them and hold back the good ones and won't allow progress.

    Advice to Management

    Take employees opinion and ideas more in consideration if you are asking for it. allos progress and career growth for all employees specially the good ones.

    Lenovo Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Human Resources

    This is really good advice. All employees want to be heard and motivated. Thanks for your work at Lenovo


  8. Helpful (2)

    Project manager

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

    I have been working at Lenovo full-time

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working with the teams.

    Cons

    Jobs keep transfer oversea, cutting back staffs locally in US.

    Lenovo Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback and for your time at Lenovo


  9. Helpful (1)

    Its Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Sales in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Lenovo full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Good Products - Nice people to work with - Decent Benefits - Decent Campus in Morrisville

    Cons

    - Low pay based on industry - Management not keeping promises - layoffs galore to restructure tanking X86 server/Motorola sales - With more layoffs come more responsiblities, leading to emplyees being burned out - No work/life balance... No remote working (only lip service saying yes to work from home, but if you do, you are frowned upon as they think you are out by the pool drinking a beer) - minimal advancement opportunities as more and more jobs are being sent back to China to cut cost

    Advice to Management

    Work/advocate for your people who put in the work to make things happen. Pay employees what they are worth and maybe the good ones will feel appreciated and stay. Provide more work/life balance/ remote working options as 99% of similar companies do in RTP

    Lenovo Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Human Resources

    It looks like you were part of the X86 acquisition from IBM. We are in a time of transition with some short term pain. You experienced this. Over time, things will get much better as cost are ... More


  10. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Lenovo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative and fast paced environment. Lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Long hours, extreme work conditions, no work life balance if you are trying to advance in the company.

    Lenovo Response

    Jul 15, 2015 – Human Resources

    Good feedback. Thanks for your years at Lenovo


  11. Helpful (4)

    Morale declining

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Assurance in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Hardware Assurance in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Lenovo full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay - health benefits - gym access

    Cons

    - Layoffs and more planned in the near future - Management has no clue as to what is going on - Employee morale is low, low, low! - No room for advancement



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