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"A learning experience if you have a good manager."

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Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Responsible co-workers, generous benefits, good work-life balance.

Cons

Poor leadership, SJ office has no decision making power, not very competent tech team

Advice to Management

Invest in people, increase top down communication, reduce politics.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work, no vision or leadership though."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time

    Pros

    Products tend to be aimed at corporate clients, so the tech we get to work on is pretty nice. Depending on where you work, driving pennies out of the products isn't a key factor. The work is usually pretty interesting. Usually pretty flexible about work schedules. Pay seems to be a bit above average, which tends to compensate for the shortcomings.

    Cons

    No leadership or vision anywhere in the company. Revolving door at the higher levels, constant hirings and firings in upper management. Nobody has enough experience in the right position to effectively lead, so there's a lot of silos and disorganized/redundant effort. There have been times when we've been told to work 60-80 hour weeks to meet deadlines set arbitrarily by the C-level execs.

    A lot of products built by committee with (ironically) little planning. Not a lot of thought before code - more of a "rush it out the door, make only the minimal changes required" kind of development model.

    Within the engineering ranks, there are a lot of senior "architects" who are set in their ways and few (if any) fresh ideas and faces. A lot of 1990's development models and archaic architectures.

    Advice to Management

    Someone needs to lead, guys. Stop delegating, organize your efforts, and put some people in charge or you'll continue putting out batches of low-quality products rushed to market by teams competing with each other within the company.


  2. "Deep technical expertise and scattered product management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Westminster, CO location. I enjoyed the open outspoken culture. There is a great deal of technical knowledge and expertise accumulated by engineers. Many people have been with the company for more than 10 years. There is always healthy amount of skepticism that comes with expertise, which may be perceived as arrogance at first, but that perception goes away after you get to know the team better.

    Cons

    The company in general seemed to struggle to overcome the shifting market in 2013. The executive management did not provide fathomable product strategy, and could not prevent a number of selfish decisions made at the highest levels of the company.

    Advice to Management

    be honest with all employees, don't hide your strategy if you have one. Dear CEO, don't send surveys, come over and talk to engineers instead.

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