Polycom Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Polycom President and CEO Peter A. Leav
Peter A. Leav
45 Ratings

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is great with a work from home environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Great technology's, good work life balance (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The culture of Fear is the rule here and used to keep all those to still working here in line (in 9 reviews)

  • HR here is a puppet of upper management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. UC Communications

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Polycom (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Competitive environment to work
    Effort appreciated and recognized

    Cons

    Need to deliver more new products in a timely manner


  2. Technical Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polycom

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

    Pros

    For the most part it's a great group of people at the director level and below. Pay is competitive as are benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover in management, as a result the direction of the company seems unstable. There isn't much reasoning given for the decisions that are made. For a company that promotes video conferencing to customers, to enable remote workers, they don't promote it from within.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with a little more respect. Be more open about long term strategy and why decisions are being made.


  3. Great while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great ability to make higher than average earing

    Cons

    High senior leadership turnover
    Product quality issues
    Customer support issues


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  5. Polycom

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Polycom (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great People, culture and technology

    Cons

    Tech support / advanced services lacking. Wedged between Cisco and Microsoft (high end and low end of the video market)


  6. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Polycom has great people and is a fun place to work! Child care and gym facilities are on site which is very convenient.

    Cons

    There is a lot to do and the teams are small so expect a lot of responsibility and a big workload.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop employees and offer clear goals and a career path for all levels. This is a great company to be a part of.


  7. Thought leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    decent company, good salaries, budget to try new approaches, respectful sales management team and remote work flexibility.

    Cons

    Just discovering the cloud and virtualization concepts, no appetite for subscription pricing based on dynamic allocation, fails to capitalize on OEM requests, no BI data, and very limited support for the technical alliance partners.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the "not invented here" environment


  8. Well compensated but a difficult environment to work in.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Polycom full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent products, growing company with a great future ahead. The compensation was fair, and included an excellent stock option plan.

    Cons

    Very competitive and political sales environment. The competitive aspect was detrimental to morale, as opposed to being a positive incentive.

    Advice to Management

    Attention should be paid to work/life issues to make this a better place to work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Solid employer, better than most.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Just a really nice employer to work at in terms of benefits and peers. Bonus is good for director and above, and RSU's are generous for certain performers. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    The work is hard because of immaturity in processes. The strategy is still murky, the decisions aren't always crisp. Creates firedrills. Bonus is low for non-director. Benefits not as good as larger more name-brand employers like Google, obviously.

    Advice to Management

    There's new management, and they're good. Just keep executing and improving things.


  10. Marketing Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polycom

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and the ability to from home or anywhere.

    Cons

    Flat to declining revenue growth.

    Advice to Management

    Grow revenue.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good company but lacks commitment to vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Polycom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, work anywhere, smart people and products

    Cons

    Political, too much red tape, change of strategy too often

    Advice to Management

    Corp marketing holds the budget which makes biz units beg for attention. Invert the models and give marketing budget to the biz units so they can invest in programs for their priorities.



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