Polycom

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Polycom Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
236 Reviews
3.2
236 Reviews
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Polycom President and CEO Peter A. Leav
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With recent pushes to save money on facilities, the company encourages employees to work from home (in 13 reviews)

  • Responsible co-workers, generous benefits, 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)

  • Revolving door at the higher levels, constant hirings and firings in upper management (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Friendly place with dedicated team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Program Lead in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Program Lead in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Polycom as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to quickly build work relationship with great collaborative technology
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    Tribal knowledge loss due to turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Polycom

    Pros

    Working from home is the norm. Everyone is connected over video, so you don't feel isolated.

    Cons

    Sometimes deadlines and workloads are unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on creating more focus through a clear vision and strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Brilliant people, innovative products

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

    I worked at Polycom

    Pros

    I worked at Polycom in Austin for one year and found it to be fantastic for professional development. Colleagues are friendly and helpful and the work is meaningful and challenging.

    Cons

    The size of the company can make business processes slow moving at times. Overall I wouldn't say it's the most tight knit or coordinated company but that also has to do with size. Department to department everyone seemed very team oriented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Services Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Services Marketing in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Polycom as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was an intern in Marketing back in 2013. I loved everything about this internship:

    - the projects given by my manager provided me with valuable work experience and skills.
    - the executive team was open and available for informal Q&A meetings
    - the various interns challenges were a great way to work in teams, meet other interns and get exposure within the company (projects given were cross-functional and required interacting with different teams within the company, ranging from Marketing, to HR, to Engineering, to Social Media/PR)
    - in addition to all this, pay was great!
    - you get to dress up every day (not a T-shirt/flip flops type company)

    Cons

    - lots of changes in the executive management in 2013 which made me question the stability/ future of Polycom. However, this did not affect the interns program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep providing interns with challenges and projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales representative supporting customers and partners

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Polycom full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent corporate reputation and proliferation of Polycom conference phones in most businesses make it easy to call and secure meetings with customers. Products are of an extremely high quality and the company's cozy relationship with Microsoft puts Polycom solutions at the top of mind for organizations in the process of migrating to Microsoft Lync for their next generation phone system / unified communications platform. Pay and benefits are quite generous.

    Cons

    Polycom competes in a crowded industry. Many start-ups offer low cost, good enough, video conferencing tools that eat away at Polycom's margins and market share. Executive leadership recognizes this position and is working to transform the company through innovation to remain ahead of competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop solutions (not just products) that make Polycom more critical to business processes that make customers successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Long time full time employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Polycom

    Pros

    Telecommute. Soda, snacks, office lunch.

    Cons

    Things went south since the new CEO Peter A. Leav took over. Work was outsourced to China or India. Experienced employees were let go to make room for cheap and inexperienced oversea employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    CEO needed to go

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director Product Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director Product Management

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

    Pros

    excellent salary and benefits and significant core engineering talent and IP

    Cons

    CEO was providing terrible leadership--now that the exec team has completely turned over things may be getting better

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Many departments lack policies and individuals with professionalism and integrity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The Austin location is a great place to work if you like a slow pace, 8-5 workday with small workloads. If you smoke, they have awesome outside gathering places where you mingle with employees from gaming companies and spend a significant amount of time doing so. The benefits are decent. They DO have some outstanding employees there.

    Cons

    There is little to no integrity in rewarding employees within the performance review periods. Senior employees with integrity and professionalism are rare in many groups/departments and many legacy employees operate out of a strong sense of entitlement. There are many cases where HR has eliminated the positions of Senior, Staff and Principle engineers while retaining low performing, low skilled bench fillers. In such cases, Polycom HR goes to great lengths to prevent Managers from recommending former employees to other opportunities after layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of HR policies which can harm your reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Job, Great Company!

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

    I have been working at Polycom

    Pros

    Leadership has vastly improved with the change in command 12 months ago when Peter Leav was appointed CEO. Excellent work environment with the option of working from home full time. Interesting work with a variety of projects available to take ownership of, which often results in expanding my skill set. Earn respect in your role, and you can go places. Great technology, enhancing business relationships and reducing the need for business travel.

    Cons

    Long hours on occasion, but the home environment provides some flexibility to managing critical home life needs (kids, home repair contractor visits, etc). At times, tactical requirements are more involved than upper management realizes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should stop and truly listen to the people they manage. We don't have time to raise concerns on trivial issues, so when we do bring up concerns, it's most likely something worth listening to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Polycom full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fun atmosphere. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Corporate culture taking over Austin fun culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get culture back to how it used to be!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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