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"Good starting point and good career"

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Current Employee - IT Quality Assurance in Irving, TX
Current Employee - IT Quality Assurance in Irving, TX
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Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Verizon full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

This was my first company out of college and I stayed as a management employee for 11 years. I got a lot of on the job training and experience that has made me feel confident enough in my skills to take on new challenges. I really like that they promote diversity in the workplace. The benefits are great. I took advantage of all of it, and I would recommend that everyone does so. The 401k match, health benefits, tuition assistance, learning center, development and leadership workshops/opportunities are selling points. Salary is competitive, and depending on the organization you join, there are plenty of opportunities to move up. Depending on your organization's budget, you can get a hefty bonus and raise. Some positions are open to work at home and remote locations. I was recently laid off and was given a decent severance package, so if that's important to you, Verizon will take care of you in that regard.

Cons

It's just not stable. I don't know how I survived 11 years. There was always a big RIF (reduction in force, or layoff) at least once a year across all areas of the organization. I know this is just the nature of Corporate America today, so I can't pinpoint this on just Verizon. But it sucks because each business unit handles this differently. Some organizations don't allow lateral movement to other groups - so you may be stuck as a "lifer" if you don't want to grow under one group. Office politics are huge. Good ole' boy mentality and cronyism runs deep. A lot of people get paid way too much to do so little, and take advantage of it. The infrastructure and hiring process just \makes it easy for people to do so. Because of all the RIF's, I believe people only had enough motivation just to keep themselves afloat.

Advice to Management

For IT: Invest in keeping the present human resources. If staff is underperforming, I can understand letting them go in RIF's. However, if an employee is doing well, find another way to cut costs. Verizon wastes way too much money on unused assets. It's easier to decommission unused servers or hardware versus retiring an evolving and knowledge hungry employee.

Other Employee Reviews for Verizon

  1. "Great benefits but poor execution of career building"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Verizon full-time

    Pros

    Great 401K, time off, health benefits, technology and co-workers

    Cons

    Selfish management, false promises, and it takes a very long time to get anything accomplished for your career. Culture rewards bad employees and punishes hard workers.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard working employees with promotions and raises instead of expecting more work with no additional benefits.
    Stop promoting the best technical people to management positions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company has great benefits; good bonus and health care

    Cons

    IT is considered as a commodity. Most of the development work is done offshore

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