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Pros
  • The best thing is the pay and benefits that start on your first da (in 194 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance depending on which part of the business you are in (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of work/life balance attribute to high absenteeism across the company (in 94 reviews)

  • Management cannot do their jobs due to idiotic Upper Management fiascos (in 88 reviews)

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  1.  

    Technology, not for today, but for tomorrow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Verizon as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great telecommute opportunities with a global presence. Mobility is available for those who work for it. Energetic focus on new technologies with a quick to market focus on products. Continuous change in corporate culture.

    Cons

    Constant changes in upper-level management structure. It's commonplace for new organizational charts to be distributed creating difficult development of long-term, productive goals. A great amount of time is wasted on changes of philosophies and practices of successful teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the annual house-cleaning of upper-management. Corporate virtually comes to a halt for the last 2-months of the year while management goes into lame-duck mode.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Software QA Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Verizon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work with new technology and learn new things

    Cons

    difficult to balance life and work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    positive work environment, great mentoring. my supervisor really wanted me to succeed. i was there for an internship and would like to go back permanently

    Cons

    I was only a temporary employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    They are very smart peopl

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Verizon

    Pros

    Very good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Limited career growth within the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Multiple disconnects between Management and workers. Severe compartmitization leads to "not my job attitude"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telecom Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Telecom Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Verizon

    Pros

    diversity of work environment and equipment

    Cons

    professional gap between management and union. Step child company of Verizon core

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    regroup and make a tactical plan for working with union and non-union workers in a friendly manner

  7.  

    Stay away unless you are desperate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Verizon

    Pros

    Benefits, great products, brand recognition

    Cons

    Everything, no promotions, no leadership, negativity, unreasonable work hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your people well, treat people on work visas as you would an American worker. Many lawsuits will follow if senior mgmt does not understand how to work with subordinates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experiences at Verizon-IT

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Verizon

    Pros

    The work in Verizon-IT was challenging in that you were dealing with a continually shaping market place. New competitors were coming in all the time. There was a rush to reduce costs to the bone, while trying to mechanize in order to alleviate the departure of so many thousands of employees. The rank and file people were great to work with. There was very much a team atmosphere, but the tightness of resources made it difficult for outside groups to be given the support the employees might want to give. You were given a lot of flexibility to do you job.

    Cons

    Given the cutback in staff everyone had to do more and more. Sixty hour weeks became the norm for front line technicians. Teleconferences at 10:00 were more the norm than the exception. The action items from those teleconferences were expected to be reported on at 7:00 the next morning. There were more than a few divorces as a result of the demanding work schedule. Verizon like many other corporations has eliminated its pension and retiree health benefits for new workers. Salary increases are small and are often more than offset by the increase in health care premiums. Managers are stretched so thin that real performance reviews aren't possible. More times than not the managers ask the employees to write their own appraisals and pass it on to the manager for editing or additional comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got a dedicated workforce and you're constantly burning them out. The benefits are no longer a reason to stay and tough it out. As you've seen IT turnover has increased tremendously since the BA-GTE merger in 2000.

    Approves of CEO

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