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  1. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abovenet is a good job that I worked at for over 4 years. The management treats you with respect and gives you what you need to do your job."

    Cons

    None, fair and balance management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great growth culture and work environment

    Cons

    no major downsides overall imo

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. "applies to AboveNet prior to acquisition by Zayo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed some of the people on the team and targeted customers. Potential for revenue and growth. Great engineering support.

    Cons

    Management at the time was angry most of the time and took it out on employees. Micro management is putting it nicely.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect instead of constant put down. Understand who your employees are and know them. Expectation that your would be up after 9 pm to check emails on Sunday night for last minute changes that affected your next morning every weekend is unreasonable.


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  5. "Formerly knowns as Metro Fiber Network"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Worked from home exclusively for several years

    Cons

    Career growth was limited and compensation was subpar


  6. "Great company."

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

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

    Pros

    Proactive. Bend over backwards for the customer. Lots of internal support.

    Cons

    Career advancement limited at best

    Advice to Management

    Could have expanded more aggressively.


  7. "AboveNet was a top player in the high bandwidth niche market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved being part of a winning team. The flexible work hours and ability to work from home were a definite plus. All of the employees were dedicated, passionate and supported each other.

    Cons

    For a small company they were a bit slow to react in terms of making changes or working outside of a process for individual cases. There was a lot of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    streamline, invest more


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with incredibly talented employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AboveNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented hands-on senior leadership who took extreme pride in what they built and treated employees like family
    Highly differentiated product suite- leveraging an incredible network
    Strong corporate culture to serve customers, spend money wisely & deliver results
    Co-workers were some of the industries finest.

    Cons

    I wish it could have lasted longer, I only had six months of the Abovenet experience before it changed hands to Zayo

    Advice to Management

    Let's get the band together for a reunion tour.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A truly remarkable company consisting of the best people in the business!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AboveNet full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible employees
    Expansive network
    Excellent leadership
    Best in class organization that rose from bankruptcy to a $2B company

    Cons

    Bought out by Zayo in 2012
    Former ABV enterprise customers that are unhappy with Zayo are leaving
    Well thought out and skillfully built ABV network is being hacked up

    Advice to Management

    If only we could do it all over again


  10. "Great place to work at!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great job environment! Perfect for career development and bright minds.

    Cons

    Small growing company. Lack of automation and lots of manual labour required at this stage.


  11. "Mostly positive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, salary is on the high side. Lower and mid-level managers tend to be pretty good - some of the best managers of people I have ever worked for. Employees are personable and very knowledgable in their respective fields.

    Cons

    Recognition and promotion seems to lean toward who you know and not how hard you worked or what extra projects you did independent direction from your manager. Managers are more often hired from outside rather than groomed from within with very few exceptions (and many of those seem to rise abnormally fast over formerly senior coworkers). Tuition reimbursement rarely covers even one semester and depending on the school and program might not cover even one class/credit. Health insurance tends to change yearly or every other year. Consolidation and redistribution of business groups has typically only piled more work on over taxed elements while relieving other groups of paperwork and technical documentation/recording responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop just saying that the employees are the best asset and make them FEEL like the best asset! Assist employees in showing their pride in working for the company by at least allowing them to buy company swag, rather than limiting it to significant aniversary events. Create mentoring programs to assist employees in developing management skills that make them more qualified than outside applicants. Participate in outside certification programs that develop and demonstrate the companies technical competancy within the industry.



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