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NEC Sphere Communications Reviews

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    "Must be Connected"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NEC Sphere Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technology, Fast development, Very smart people

    Cons

    Things change daily, Do believe what one person tells you because it has probably changed already. It helps to have connections to management. If you are not in the group socially, you are not respected.

    Advice to Management

    Make clear expectations for job responsibilities. Help when help is needed. Do not find blame when things go wrong.


  2. "Great Technology, Unable to Deliver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NEC Sphere Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A early developer of VoIP technology and software based telecommunications, Sphere was acquired by NEC in ~2007/08 to provide Unified Communications to its product portfolio. Small, group and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Competing against giants Cisco, Alcatel and Microsoft, NEC lacked the broad commitment to quickly build out its UC solution to take on competitors. Engineers were unable to architect solutions in Linux or other environments outside of Windows limiting the product's ability to compete. Rigid oversight from Japan greatly hampered development and prevented NEC from making any measurable inroads into UC.

    Advice to Management

    Learn that the market waits for no one, and that not shipping a product will kill your company.

  3. "A Small Development Division that is Lost Inside a Multinational Behemoth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NEC Sphere Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small, start-up atmosphere. Great technology and solutions but unable to breakthrough in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Dominated by developers and engineers. Parent company fails to properly fund development.


  4. "Very Technical"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Management in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Product Management in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NEC Sphere Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technical people. Good roadmap.

    Cons

    Lacking business and marketing skills.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent and encourage new ideas.