Zhone Technologies Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Zhone Technologies Chairman, President, and CEO Mory Ejabat
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  1. Nice and open-minded managers, very active in term of developing new products

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zhone Technologies

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

    Pros

    OK salary, high visibility to management, a lot of opportunity to explore different area of the technologies (not stuck in one feature over and over), stock price is now jumping up; allow work from home once a while

    Cons

    No 401k match, no bonus (so far), no RSU

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the infrastructure, the company still uses 7+ years of PCs


  2. Enlightening experience!!

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

    I worked at Zhone Technologies (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is decent. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    There is no real direction for this company! They're not investing in the technology! No support from management!

    Advice to Management

    Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians!! Stop over working the few Engineers the company has!


  3. A good company to start your career but not for a long term.

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

    I have been working at Zhone Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off policies depends on your manager. I never had any problems as such, had a good career growth, met a lot of really experienced people.

    Cons

    No salary hike, no perk, no promotions. There is no activities happening other than work, can't believe layoffs are happening even now. Still a startup with customers pushing the management.


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  5. Bleeding edge company but does not care about its employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Zhone Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology. Nice location on the edge of a Regional Park. Salaries are OK. Middle and lower managers really work hard and try to protect employees from capricious decision making by senior management.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment. There really isn't anything enjoyable about working here. Out dated processes and practices. So understaffed that there is no room for innovation or trying new things. Going out to lunch and socializing is discouraged but they don't bring in food (except the same pizza every Friday year after year.)

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on the next quarter, stop sucking the company dry to feed the bank accounts of a few at the top, invest in the future, think out three to five years and do some realistic planning.


  6. No career path working in this company

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

    I worked at Zhone Technologies 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

    Exposed to many technologies; small group so easily exposed to upper management

    Cons

    bad engineering practices, no clear picture from management

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your engineers better


  7. Helpful (1)

    OK place to gain different experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Zhone Technologies full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Almost no politics (except probably in higher management); exposed to various access technologies; flexible working hours (even working from home sometimes); free sodas; free lunch every friday; relatively quiet environment;

    Cons

    Expect only salary as the source of income (plus benefits). No bonus, no 401k match, no raise, rubbish stock price, stagnant IT facilities (imagine using a pentium4 to develop software with the first generation 15" LCD screen in a cubicle shared with another coworker); horrible software engineering process (no design docs, inefficient code commit)

    Advice to Management

    The upper management needs more active in finding a road map. What, Where and when the company to be in 1,3,5 years and create strategies to achieve that.


  8. Extremely challenging position in a fast pace, highly competitive industry.

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

    I worked at Zhone Technologies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Zhone endeavors to stay on the leading edge of technology and provides equipment to telecommunication service providers around the world.

    Cons

    Telecommunications is a highly competitive industry with extremely demanding customers that challenge Zhone's ability to stay competitive and keep its customers satisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Understand and appreciate the role and contribution of each and every employee.


  9. Great Environment and People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Largo, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has a very great working environment and nice people to work with. Good balance of work and job life.

    Cons

    A bit mundane at times

    Advice to Management

    Get the stocks up!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Literally depressing

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some smart engineers at this company. Management orders in pizza on Fridays.

    Cons

    Worst job I've ever had. Atmosphere is noisy and boisterous. Difficult to concentrate. Employees are arrogant and have open contempt for their customers. I've heard a product manager call his customers "idiots". On Sundays, as I contemplated returning to work at Zhone, I would slide into a depression that would last all week. Friday afternoons it would begin to lift. One of my happiest days was the day I quit this job.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create an atmosphere of cooperation and friendliness instead of a culture of hired guns who hate their customers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Worst place I've ever worked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Zhone Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with are employed here

    Cons

    Absolutely the most oppressive environment I have ever worked. The stock grants are a joke since they are continuously reverse split into nothing.



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