Nuance

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Nuance Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.0 292 reviews

41% Approve of the CEO

Nuance Chairman and CEO Paul A. Ricci

Paul A. Ricci

(196 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, if you are in the right division or have the right manager(in 23 reviews)

  • I'm able to work from home and the team leaders are great(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • They claim to support work/life balance, but that truly doesn't exist(in 21 reviews)

  • HR and senior management will listen to you, but they won't hear a word you're saying(in 16 reviews)

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    Short Term Management

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood location. Nice office. Benefits are pretty decent.

    ConsManagement doesn't seem to be building long term value in the company. Everything is very short sited. They buy a company squeeze as much revenue out of it and slowly kill it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on building long term value

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe atmosphere is great and everyone is extremely friendly. It felt as if everyone was supporting each other everyday and everywhere.

    ConsThe hierarchy of work is not in line with the company's mission to provide ulterior services to the industry. Nonetheless, the firm itself is getting stronger in employment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cobbled together series of acquisitions without a clear vision for growth and synergy.

    Manager (Former Employee) Burlington, MA

    ProsSome of the people, flexible work schedule.

    ConsCulture of blame and bullying. Billion dollar start up saddled with an excessive amount of debt, goodwill, and intangible assets on the balance sheet. Bonus and compensation not consistently applied across divisions and arbitrarily determined based upon the good ol' boy network. Turnover is high. Morale is low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the cultural divide between the haves and the have-nots. Stop lining your own pockets at the expense of others bearing no responsibility for your poor business direction and decisions. Get rid of incompetent senior management clinging to the old Scansoft days. The organization is rotting from the neck up. Time for a change.

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

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    Great company/bad company: it really depends what division you work for and whom you work for

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Burlington, MA

    ProsFascinating company in terms of the technologies it owns or buys through its acquisitions. Nuance also has made a concerted effort in the past year to offer technical training across all the different divisions. Pay is above average.

    ConsThe working culture can feel like a refuge camp of disparate employees that came from different acquisitions. Subsequent product development is often outsourced which hurts morale and often lessens the inspiration behind the product.

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

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    Manager (Current Employee) Burlington, MA

    ProsGreat technology. A wonderful place to work if you have a good manager. PTO and paid holidays.

    ConsIf you are not a Mon-Fri schedule, you are out some of the paid holidays if they fall on your regular day off as you do not get another day off in its place. That is particularly true if you work Tues-Sat. Very hard to keep work/home life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue those employees who are the bread and butter of the company. Truly reward those who go and above what is expected by putting your money where your mouth is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    no growth company just work and work.

    Manager (Current Employee)

    Prossome flexibility to work from home.

    Consno growth. work from home but no work life balance. forced rankings every year! there is no investment in employees.

    Advice to Senior Managementcan you give advice to management?

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

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    Burned out with no relief in sight

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) Melbourne, FL

    ProsThese comments are specifically speaking to the Melbourne , Florida facility.

    Limitless amounts of work to be done - you'll never be bored!
    Better than average amounts of time off annually.
    HR and senior management will listen when you have something to say.
    Upper-Mid-Level management are company veterans.
    Jobs are constantly being posted for positions company-wide.

    ConsThese comments are specifically speaking to the Melbourne, Florida facility.

    You'll never be bored because they will be working you to death! Every person has a red-line and this company will push you well beyond this red-line!

    Sure, you get plenty of allocated time off annually, but most of it's worthless. You can't use it all because only half of your time-off requests will ever be approved, you can't sell it back to the company, and if you can only roll-over 40 hours annually - anything more will be lost. I don't know anyone who has been able to use all of their allotted PTO time in the past 5 years except for those who went out on sick leave for some major illness - oh yeah, and if you ever have to switch over to Long Term Disability, you'll immediately be terminated with no possibility of being rehired.

    HR and senior management will listen to you, but they won't hear a word you're saying. They only hear what they want to hear.

    Upper-Mid-Level managers are part of the "good-ole-buddy yes-man club" - seems the only way to get into the club is for someone to die of old age. So, unless you feel like waiting 15-20 more years for one of them to keel over, forget about ever getting promoted into their ranks.

    Jobs are constantly being posted , but forget about applying for them - most of them never get filled, or the position is posted and then closed without being filled, going back to my first comment about how they work people to death!

    The only reason why there aren't more people leaving - there are very few jobs open in the Melbourne area and a rather high number of people in the area looking for work.

    I don't have a good outlook for this company or the Melbourne facility - with them doing layoffs at minimum once a year, sometimes twice a year, soon there will be nobody left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate management - PLEASE - take a close look at the Melbourne facility and their business practices. People don't complain more because they are afraid of losing their jobs. You will never know all the non-sense going on because you don't take the time to find out for yourselves and your employees are afraid of landing in the unemployment line.

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

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    We've been acquired by Nuance

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSo far it's work as usual,

    ConsNot getting much information from new company

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the long term employees that are underwater with their options

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    Talented engineers, but poor management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPositive interaction among team members.

    ConsPoor Management and slow in improving processes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf they have plans, execute it.

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    Employees Not Valued + Executive Team Out of Depth = Future Not Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Burlington, MA

    ProsSome very talented people with great ideas just waiting to be heard

    Depending on the group, great managers that empower their teams, champion new ideas, fight to retain good people and recognize the hard work and talent individuals and teams contribute

    Awesome technology with endless business growth possibilities in the right hands

    ConsLays off high performers and valued employees that get things done and move the business forward - as a result this has created a territorial vs collaborative work environment

    Old guard C-level team completely out of sync with today's dynamic business world - need a new executive team with fresh thinking that has worked at a company other than Nuance in the last 10-15 years. Given all the start-up acquisitions the company makes each year - too bad the TONS of great executive talent there has been under utilized.

    Zero work/life balance - expected to give up nights, weekends, holidays, vacation time

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize when it is time to pass the baton to the new guard for the greater good of the company and its employees. Invest in creating a culture that appreciates employees and offers a pathway for career growth. Embrace new ideas and take calculated risks to evolve the business to be relevant for today's market - and commit to invest what it takes to successfully see this through.

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

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