Vocera Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
21 Reviews
2.9
21 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vocera

    Pros

    Long term employees seem motivated, but it's going to be tough for them to transition to new products.

    Cons

    Company is set up to design, build, and sell legacy product in a changing market.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    small company that feels like a big company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vocera

    Pros

    -It is possible to get a lot of work done by walking around and talking to people at their cubes.
    -Location of the headquarters is right next to major freeways and plenty of public transportation.
    -Quite possible to learn quite a bit and have upward mobility.

    Cons

    -Technology feels dated and company may be going in wrong direction.
    -It has a big corporate feel that is impersonal while the company is quite small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trim down management, too top heavy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great individuals to work with throughout the company. We share information effectively to get the job done. Lots of room to learn new things, and take on new projects. Technical Support Managers also are great to work with, and help you complete your goals.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at the moment.

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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Too late to fix

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Vocera full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - They still have fairly good customer approval ratings, perhaps because Healthcare IT is stuck in the 90s.
    - They have good staff in Tech Support and IT.
    - They provide free fruit once a week to employees.
    - They have a good work-at-home policy.

    Cons

    - The Vocera badge, its main source of product revenue, is old technology.
    - Most of the talented pre-IPO employees (including the founders) have already left.
    - The company stock is now trading below its IPO price.
    - A million-dollar-a-year executive just resigned to take a job with a pre-IPO company. Expect more executives to follow.
    - For such a small company, there are way too many VPs, directors, and middle managers, and not enough people who actually do work.
    - Their revenues have been flat, no growth, for several years, despite having more than $100 million in cash to invest. They're not profitable.
    - Turnover in Engineering is high. They haven't been able to keep talented people. Most new job openings in Engineering are slotted for Bangalore.
    - They have an unbelievably poor track record for acquisitions, none of which have added revenue.
    - A couple years ago Vocera doubled its sales staff and didn't increase sales at all.
    - It's an English-only product, and mostly a U.S. product.
    - The Race Street location in San Jose is ugly and unsafe (particularly at night), although it's close to the light rail station and 280. If you drive to work, your car is likely to get broken into in the parking lot. Don't expect a company-paid bus to take you to work.
    - There's no company match on 401K contributions. If you're not a VP or a director, they really don't care about you.
    - There’s no subsidized food service for lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers, or train them better. Treat employees better. Make smarter acquisitions.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Vocera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small company feel with a good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    As with all companies, company changed with exec management changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Intern: Great culture, not enough to do

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Vocera as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, very supportive employees who encourage learning and collaboration. Transparency is prevalent throughout the company so even as an intern you're not left in the dark.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of opportunity to work with other interns. Sometimes work was slow so at times there would be nothing to do even after talking with upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more work for interns or training for some necessary tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    High turnover... Everyone is leaving for a reason.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Vocera full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of drinking in the office... it helps to drown sorrows in this work environment
    Engineers get to work from home a few days a week
    Free bagels every few weeks

    Cons

    Old technology... Even "new products" are behind what is happening in the market
    Stubborn management that makes bad decisions and sticks with them even when everyone disagrees
    Hiring horrible people managers and watching them chase away new and fresh talent
    Tanked stock from over $31 to $15 in less than a year
    Next to no standard business processes with lots of chaos for no reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from what happened to RIM/Blackberry. You are on the same path. It's like watching a trainwreck.
    Stop trying to catch up to competitors and create products that are useful and innovative... not a hodgepodge of features that you are trying to dress up as something new.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A good atmosphere with collaborative teams

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Vocera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a mixture of many different skills sets to work with and management encourages and acknowledges overall excellence.

    Cons

    While benefits are good, pay is just average.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I had a lot of fun working for this company

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Vocera as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back environment, fun sales operations department

    Cons

    Not as structured as it could've been

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful work experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vocera

    Pros

    Wonderful work environment among very bright people. Legal and finance teams are smart, insightful and committed. Entire company culture is hard-working, but fun.

    Cons

    Current senior management seems to be over paid and out of touch and does not relate well to lower level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a conversation with random employees in the rank and file.

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