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Pros
  • Great to work for personal and work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • I was able to work from home which allowed me to live in remote area (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is nonexistant (in 9 reviews)

  • there is ceiling glass for promotions and communication between senior management and employees (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Life in Comverse"

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    Current Employee - Product Sales Engineer in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Sales Engineer in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Environment, great people, exciting work on projects

    Cons

    Not well organized, pressure on timelines


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    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Weak matrix organization with no emphasis on quality.

    Advice to Management

    Empower project manager and provide incentives based on performances


  3. Helpful (1)

    "It's a different company now...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who are doing actual work are mostly very hard working and knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    The billing division has been recently acquired by Amdocs. There have been layoffs and reorganizations. Everybody thinks that there will be more layoffs in the nearest future as a result of this acquisition...


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  5. "Use to be good company"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Comverse (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really...No more reasons left.. .

    Cons

    Poor executive management. No real vision and road map.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Inability to Change Culture is Sinking the Ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual dress, free coffee, reliable (though low) paycheck.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to rule by confusion. There is no communication other than rumors. Some months, layoffs occur weekly which causes a work paralysis when managers won't okay forward movement and workers go office to office trying to find out what's going on with both projects and their own future employment. There are no career paths and your HR status (beginner, intermediate, expert) is "secret." You have to be friends with the right person to have any upward mobility. Managers are tech experts with few people skills. After all of the layoffs, there are many smart people who are starting to leave. Comverse isn't interested in retaining talent or expertise. The culture is to not communicate and not cooperate and this starts at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Since salaries were frozen eight years ago, the only real perk was the ability to work from home. That was eliminated two years ago. You need to reinstate the work from home option, especially since evening and weekend work is expected. Get rid of the Bell Curve for ratings. That should have been eliminated in 1990. Retain your talent by giving them raises now, not by trying to buy them back when they are leaving.


  7. "Company management makes for stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Product Sales Expert in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Sales Expert in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was always a leader in this industry with great innovative products. This allowed me to learn and built a strong professional career for over 10 years.

    Cons

    Telecom operators have been consolidating and have a stronger negotiating power over the vendors. Unnecessary internal reorganizations and political conflicts makes for very stressful working environment

    Advice to Management

    The Company requires a truly open communication and cultural change with strong leadership.


  8. "Too much transformation"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Comverse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn and to become a pro. If you survived here you would survive anywhere.

    Cons

    No good planing. Management is always trying different strategies, instead of making a really solid plan and following it. Flexibility is good, but that is not what's happening here.

    Advice to Management

    Show some care to your employers.


  9. "Ok company, not enough technology use in new dev tools and processes"

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    Former Employee - Management Level in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Management Level in Mount Laurel, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive telecom field, ok benefits

    Cons

    Usually a lot of long hours. Not enough flexibility for remote work. Can be a lot if politics among various groups. Not always marching along with new dev tools and practices so may not gain right experience.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics. Allow people more work hours flexibility.


  10. "THE WORK IS NEVER DONE - COMMITTED TO OVER COMMITTING"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are pleasant; will make popcorn or buy soft serve ice cream for the employees

    Cons

    The expectation is you will work around the clock;no pay raises; no training to increase knowledge/skills


  11. "Good people in general, but financial stress makes day-to-day interactions painful"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant/Architect in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant/Architect in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Comverse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for travel, particularly to the farthest reaches of the globe. New leadership seems to be cleaning house and steering into a better direction. Looking forward to being part of this team when things get better.

    Cons

    Legacy technology, still hardware based, lack of strategic vision and/or execution. Travel can be a burden, particularly given the compensation and expense restrictions.

    Advice to Management

    We don't have much interaction with upper level management. I don't know if these are competent people constrained by a legacy environment, or if they are really incapable of change.


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