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Updated March 2, 2017
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Liberty Global President, CEO, and Director Michael T. Fries
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Pros
  • They offer free breakfast and lunch at there Denver headquarters (in 4 reviews)

  • Great company for Technology and innovation (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Benefits and Compensation Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Benefits and Compensation Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Benefits and Compensation Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Liberty Global full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer free breakfast and lunch at there Denver headquarters. Offer light rail pass or paid parking pass in building across the street. Gym in building with exercise classes. Every salaried employee in U.S. Receives 30% equity tier. (Not all available to all in European markets) Offers upper tier to retain employees or incentivies

    Cons

    Management teams struggle to relate to employees. Ability to developer and motivate employees is non existent. If you have a family don't expect to be at home. Terrible work life balance. No team comraderie, really fake people with no social skills. Don't care about developing employees but will use negativity to bring you down and use intimidation instead of kindness which results in a unhealthy and negative culture. Don't let the benefits fool you that it's a great place to work. They are trying to overcompensate for how bad they treat others and what a toxic culture they have.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to motivate, develope and treat employees. You always need to treat others with respect. Friendship and kindness isn't earned it's expected


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Schiphol-Rijk (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Manager in Schiphol-Rijk (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of technical opportunities and motivated people in operations

    Cons

    Management management and management. They dont know how and who they manage. Years of reorganizations demotivated remaining staff who are also left to do all the work. Its too stressful.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to look for another job. You clearly dont understand how to manage and prefer to outsource those responsibilities it to large advisory firms.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "No direction and behind the curve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Liberty Global full-time

    Pros

    - Some people are good to work with
    - The Food in the canteen is really good (though rumours are it will get worse in 2017 as they change vendor
    - On-site gym
    - Money is (relatively) good

    Cons

    - Absolutely no strategic direction from Senior Management
    - Far too many MDs and VPs, with lots of infighting between them
    - Is essentially an investment company that plays in operating companies (and not very well)
    - Lots of wasted CAPEX and takes a long time to get anything approved due to Senior Management dithering
    - Doesn't put people first, with a really poor/outdated HR approach (training here doesn't really exist)

    Advice to Management

    Reduce Senior Management numbers and layers by at least half, and appoint competent people for those roles that are left


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Liberty GO...ne"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Liberty Global full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty to do and all the resources you need to do it.
    Many challenges, and an initial attempt to solve them in creative ways.

    Cons

    Completely broken Technology organisation. The "we've always done it this way" culture wins out over innovation every time internally. Consulting firms relied on for anything new.


  6. "Learn as much as possible and then leave."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The one thing that everyone agrees on is that they have a pretty, though pricey, decent cafeteria.
    Some colleagues are great to work with, while others, you just wonder why they are hired in the first place. If you manage to survive there, the pension is great.

    Cons

    - The none of the technical department is interested in cultivating and investing in their employee. Everyone, except the upper management, is overworked. The upper management proudly boast that they play golf with the board of directors.
    - The company is not serious about cultivating a strong technical team. Talented employees come and go like the revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    - Have some pride in your work and develop a product vision that everyone can get behind. If your vision is only what company is bought this month, this is hardly something that motivate your employees.
    - If you make your subordinate work hard, you should be working 2x harder or at least just as hard. Look at the high churn of your subordinates and you know you are doing it all wrong.


  7. "Corporate HQ Netherlands"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, good for short term career boost. Friendly colleagues in a multi cultural environment. Company is constantly changing and growing globally.

    Cons

    Shift in management, looks like U.K. are absorbing activities from the NL office.

    Hectic environment and too many good people leaving and being replaced by consultants. This has created quality issues across many departments due to reorganization and dissatisfied employees.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on LG employees and provide transparency.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Een nachtmerrie" "A nightmare"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Schiphol (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Manager in Schiphol (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Een paar goede mensen, maar die blijven niet lang in het bedrijf

    A few good people but they don't stay long in the company

    Cons

    -onprofessionele werkomgeving (familiair, iedereen gaat met elkaar uit, mensen komen te laat na feest, enz)

    - puinhoop op elke afdeling, niemand weet wat zijn rol is

    - giftige omgeving, mensen werken lange dagen, het is heel gewoon dat mensen tegen elkaar schreeuwen, soms zelfs lichamelijk geweld

    - management maakt beloften maar komt ze nooit na

    - veel mensen zijn niet gekwalificeerd zijn om hun werk te doen

    - veel mensen zijn al jaren bij het bedrijf en voorkomen dat nieuwkomers vooruit komen

    - reizen (te ver van het station)

    - Ik kan zo wel blijven doorgaan

    - unprofessional work environment (familiarity, everyone dating each other, after party people come to work late etc.)
    - mess in every department, no one knows what their role is
    - toxic environment, people work long hours, it is very common people shouting at each other, sometimes it even gets physical
    - management gives promises and never realizes them
    - many people are not qualified to do their job
    - many people have been in the company for years and prevent new comers improving the processes
    - commute (to far from the train station)
    - I can go on and on

    Advice to Management

    Neem mensen aan die echt iets van technologie afweten en hoe ze mensen moeten managen. Zorg dat je managers het product van het bedrijf kennen! Houd op met vergaderen over vergaderingen! Wees verantwoordelijk voor je werk en je team.

    Hire people who actually know technology and how to manage people. Make sure your managers know the company's product! Stop having meetings about meetings! Be responsible and accountable for your work and your team.


  9. "Slechtste bedrijf waar ik ooit voor gewerkt heb" "Worst company i've ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Goed pakket en dat is het wel

    decent package and that's pretty much it

    Cons

    Onverantwoordelijk management, geen koers, geen instructies, geen documentatie, geen toegevoegde waarde

    Alles wordt opgelost door geld te verspillen aan consultancy bedrijven.

    irresponsible management, no direction, no instructions, no ducumentation, no added value

    everything is solved by throwing money away on consulting companies

    Advice to Management

    Verander van baan

    change your job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Support Specialist" "Technical Support Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT-support medewerker in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - IT-support medewerker in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    In het begin is het een erg goed bedrijf, maar na de reorganisatie in 2014 werd alles slechter en slechter. Ze slaan elk werkcontract van werknemers in de wind, het maakt niet uit of je hier al 10 jaar of langer werkt. Ik geloof dat de situatie voor werknemers nu een nachtmerrie is, het bedrijf kan je gemakkelijk morgen ontslaan met wat voor reden ze ook verzinnen, het maakt niet uit of je goede prestaties geleverd hebt.

    On the beginning is very good company, but after 2014 when they did re-organization everything became worst worst and worst. They dismiss all working contract of the employee, it doesn't matter you already work here in 10 years or more. I believed the situation for the employee is nightmare now, the company can easy dismiss your contract in tomorrow with any reason up to them, it doesn't matter you have good performance.

    Cons

    Bedrijf zit nog steeds in de reorganisatie en slecht voor werknemer. Elke dag zitten ze gewoon te wachten op de brief die hun contract beëindigd. Werkdruk kan erg zwaar zijn nu. Er zijn veel 'speciale projecten' zonder plan.

    Company still do re-organization and badly for the employee. Every day just waiting when he/her around to get the letter for dismiss the contract. Work load can very heavy at this time. There are many 'special projects' with no plan.

    Advice to Management

    Wat meer menselijkheid alsjeblieft en loyaliteit richting de werknemer.

    Denk alsjeblieft aan loyaliteit van de werknemers en hun familie.

    Wees niet arrogant.

    Please more humanity and loyal to the employee.
    Please think about employee loyalty and their family.
    Don't be arrogant.


  11. "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - PMO Specialist in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - PMO Specialist in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Liberty Global (More than a year)

    Pros

    excellent international environment with very skilled coworkers

    Cons

    too demanding even when the clients are not



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