Mitel Networks

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Mitel Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
Mitel Networks – US – “Corporate building”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.6 57 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Mitel Networks CEO Richard McBee

Richard McBee

(26 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They used to have great people, however, many changes have taken place over the past two years(in 5 reviews)

  • This used to be a good place to work when it was Inter-Tel(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has no real regard for it's employees(in 7 reviews)

  • The benefits are not good, no 401k match(in 4 reviews)

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    Good Company, poor cohesion

    CPM (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsVery dedicated people who are hampered by management fiefdoms at HQ. This interferes with cohesion and driving the company forward with growing market share.

    Conshave not kept up with the desksets, the reason Avay and CISCO are grabbing the market is that their desks look and feel 'cool'.

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

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    THE WORSE CAREER EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE

    Channel Account Manager (Current Employee) Orange, CA

    ProsThere are none. All of it sucks. All of it. I was recruited with their smoke & mirrors offer, none of it was honored by management.

    ConsOld-school management has zero respect for human talent. I fully expect barcode tattoos and reference employee number vs. name will be next in order.

    Management rules from an ivory tower and is never available, unresponsive, lacks direction/ strategy/knowledge needed to run a company and blames everything on its employees. Why in the hell do you hire people with experience when you could give a crap about their opinions? Suggestion - hire trained monkeys vs humans. They're cheaper and easier to manage under hostile circumstances.

    When sales hits 10% of its quarterly quota, whose problem is it? Theirs? Yes, these idiots point fingers at their sales reps/managers, like they must all be doing something wrong. Instead of asking for feedback, they prescribe more of the same "everyone required to make 100 cold calls/daily." I seriously have no clue how these clowns are still allowed to run the company. In fact their business decisions are so horrible there's a conspiracy rumor, that perhaps they're intentionally burning the company to ashes. Like an arsonist for insurance money. THIS is how asinine their decisions seem to their employees. Where are you Mitel shareholders? Don't you guys pay attention to Glass Door?

    Internal processes are all backasswards, and management makes no attempt to fix them. You FINALLY make a sale and your order gets held up because some schmuck with a spreadsheet took off for vacation and nobody bothered to back him up. Phones are shipped before they're properly provisioned. Yes, this happens. A lot.

    Speaking of which, the term "sales prevention" is frequently referred to within a course of the day. It's almost as if Mitel does not WANT you to make a sale. 3-4 months is typically time it takes for a sales rep to make a sale. No kidding. A 5-phone deal taking 3-4 months? Something is VERY wrong with that and sales should be informed BEFORE they accept the job. So they can stock up on Top Ramen and cans for recycling, because very unlikely they'll earn commission for the first six months.

    Lack of integrity - I swear the good ol boys in executive management must have met while working on a used car lot. You can't trust a word they say, and you're only as good as the last month you hit quota. Miss a month and you get the dreaded PIP (Performance Improvement Plan), with constant reminders that you better hit quota or be fired. Luckily for the many folks considered "underachievers" by Mitel, so many people quit, they can't fire anyone. Then management might have to actually work, and/or go sell something. Right, like that's going to happen.

    Overall - if you are thinking about working for this company, I would recommend not doing it unless absolutely desperate for a paycheck. In fact, I'd ratherh hold a cardboard sign off a freeway ramp then work here. At least you'd be able to look at yourself in the mirror and sleep at night. This company lacks integrity, structure and direction. I give it less than a year before investors see through the smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of them. They are driving the company into the ground. The products and technology are good, and some good talent still on board. However when you threaten your people, dictate to them, treat them like a commodity they will not only underperform but make you pay their salary while looking for another job. I would say "the day of reckoning" for Mitel management is not far in the future. Better dust off those resumes guys.

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

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    Disheartening

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome nice people, decent pay. I think before Intertel merged with Mitel it was a far better place, Intertel that is.

    ConsAfter the merger it slowly declined. Benefits were taken away, people were always being let go to never be replaced. "Simplify" meant to take on the other peoples jobs that were lost without training. Some of the sales channels' practices are shady at best.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have none, it would fall upon deaf ears.

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

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    Too big for it's own good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEmployees and co-workers are great to work with.

    ConsUpper management has no real regard for it's employees. Layoffs happen annually and sometimes more frequent than that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a plan and stick to it. No real vision is established for this company. Bring back 401K matching and cost of living increases for the employees who work hard every day to make you look good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Current employee. It's just a job. Not a career.

    Field Tech (Current Employee) Mesa, AZ

    ProsThe people you work with are relaxed and easy-going (not talking about management).

    You can work with management to work a flexible schedule (won't guarantee it though, you will be lucky to have a supervisor/manager that works with you and your first priority called "life").

    Company profit sharing.

    On a good day, management will bring in food for the employees and once a year have a company provided lunch/BBQ/picnic.

    It's a job and I get a paycheck.

    ConsExperiences of others may be different than mine. I only speak for myself and what I have seen within this company. I'm a fairly optimistic person, but this place mentally and physically drains you, mostly because of ignorance of others. I will be speaking of the various levels within the company, so things are just rolling off the tongue as I type.
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    No ability to move up in the company.

    Once you're stuck, you're stuck. The only way out is to quit (or do something stupid and get fired).

    No raises, only "industry standard matching"

    Doesn't matter if you have certifications in which you paid thousands of dollars in training and testing to get, you are only allowed industry standard pay.

    Do not hire into managerial positions from within the company, always bring someone else in from the outside in which they call "fresh perspective". Fresh perspective can also be given from someone in who knows the technology inside-out, has worked with it for 5+ years, knows the customers for more than 5+ years and has the ability to work with them to reach a resolution in the case of an issue.

    Management does not recognize employee potential. They go by numbers and metrics, basically reading a book by the cover, but never diving deep into trying to understand the silver lining.

    You are expected to learn things on your own with only minor to no training.

    Constant distractions from management to do their jobs (they call it delegation) which hinders employees work to not be done. I call it ignorance and not wanting to do the job.

    Make sure you dress up to the nines, even if you aren't customer facing.

    Benefits are garbage, almost half your paycheck is gone and you still have to pay out of pocket when you are "in-network".

    When certain things are out of your hands, management will still call you out for it, some throw you under the bus. Instead of tackling the issue together and winning the customer over.

    This company is on the stock market, which means make investors happy first (profits), then make customers happy, then the hierarchy inside the company. So basically employees have it the worst.

    Management says they will have monthly meetings so that everyone is "up-to-date" on our offerings, mmhmm...sure.

    Innovation is unheard of, just follow along with what the industry is doing. There is no, visionary, systems, creative, or influential thinking (that I see).

    When certain tools are required to do the job, it'll take the approval of God to get those tools to you.

    Let's just say I'm living in the year 2014 and still using a system from 2001. Really? You're a leading company?

    Projects get announced and almost are always left at 75% pending and are never seen through.

    Sales is sales, they implement networks that on the engineering/systems/analytical/theory side make absolutely NO FREAKING SENSE! Oh wait, then they get rewarded with trips to Hawaii for making the sale. Lame.

    Customer retention is the current game, yet nothing to retain them is being done.

    There are other more harsher statements, but at the current time these are current ranking problems within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere did you get your management education/training, a community college?

    Employees first (we make the gears turn), customers second (they fuel the machine), investors third (Mitel did good before it went public). You can throw all the fuel you want

    Rich McBee needs to put in a request for his company to be presented on "Undercover Boss" so he can see what REALLY is going on in his company.

    Did you know, that I, Mr. Anonymous, am an employee and an investor with the company? You have got some real problems and this news is going around quite quickly within the investors groups.

    Please educate yourselves about the technology that your department is given and implement proper training for yourselves, we employees know what we are doing.

    Learn to speak the truth, outright. Create a frank nature.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad company overall

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Chandler, AZ

    ProsGood benefits, good people mainly from Inter-tel years. Network Division was superb and had great leadership.

    ConsAlways waiting for the next round of layoffs

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't manage the business with so much debt

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Insensitive to employees

    Marketing Programs Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsI can't think of any

    ConsTreat employees horrible and don't care about anything except for the bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNONE

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

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    Poor Management and no direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is good and schedule flexibility is great. This used to be a good place to work when it was Inter-Tel.

    ConsNo 401K matching. Health benefits are not good and confusing and frustrating to manage. No direction from upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStarting innovating instead of focusing on cost cutting. You can't build great products by outsourcing everything.

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

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    Job, but not a career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI enjoyed the people I worked with, the ability to work remotely, and the knowledge gained while working with UC, IaaS, hosted, and hybrid architectures.

    ConsBenefits are lousy, base salaries are also very low for the industry. Political environment allows for the richer to get richer and the poor to get poorer. Job security is non-existent unless you have been there for years and are part of the good ol' boy network.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management within specific divisions should have checks and balances and not one person making all decisions. The strength in the UC environment only goes so far. There are many other "strategic" areas that employees are fighting to sell every single day and night (many late hours) with their business partners. Pay your employees and treat them right by offering great benefits and competitive pay and don't hold them over the fire each month by threatening their jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work environment and challenging opportunities to grow. I had many opportunities to learn new technologies and expand my knowledge on existing technologies. Mitel has industry leading technology and a great R&D group which creates many paths for people to gain knowledge on products.

    ConsSomewhat low pay scale but the flexibility makes up for that so I am not sure it is a con. The benefits are not good, no 401k match. Information is hard to obtain on existing and roadmap products making it difficult to pass on solid information to perspective customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore information on company direction would be good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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