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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of movement but the engine is broken"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, good opportunities to solve problems, good scale in terms of customers to apply problem-solving.

    Cons

    The engineering function is broken. Very little gets done. All the focus seems to be on rearranging priorities around a broken development engine - an engineering team that is demotivated, poorly-led (if you can call it leadership) and out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Replace senior-mgmt leadership within engineering, marketing.

    Engineering leadership is completely out of touch with how fast tech companies need to operate. Things are probably more efficient at Exxon Mobil. And instead of motivating teams to meet high expectations, leadership spends more time coming up with elaborate and sometimes ridiculously laughable excuses for why things cant get done. Rotten from the head down...

    Marketing org is really about maintaining schedules and lists instead of real marketing. Marketing mgrs are clerical staff who suck at copy-writing, merchandising, or really anything creative. Simple changes to pages takes months and leadership seems to tolerate it.


  2. "A place to call home"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Technical Support in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Technical Support in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative environment, strong history, fun people

    Cons

    benefits seem below average tech companies in area, leadership has been in flux

    Advice to Management

    work on communication

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lot of activity but little strategy or meaningful results"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are really smart and talented, and have good intentions.

    Cons

    The company has been going through a lot of change in the last 3 to 4 years. It seems every few months there's a new executive, and he brings his new ideas and his new team. No one wants to truly collaborate or build on what we have because each new person is pressing his own agenda. I don't get the sense any of the senior managers/executives really like each other or know what the others are really working on. Everyone else is in the galley rowing away in the heat and no one really tells us what's going on, just to row faster.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Articulate a plan, and stick to it.


  4. "Its a Name, but thats it."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a name. And if whoever your interviewing with hasn't already interviewed 20 people from there, it's a good name to have on your resume, because unless you've worked there, you thinks its a good place to work. I was able to move up quite rapidly.... to a point. The benifits are indded excellent. And if you work in the Belleville office, HR is great.

    Cons

    Lets see. 3 CEOs in 2 years should tell you something? I've worked there for 3 years and not once seen a bonus. The pay is not competitive in the VA area. They trick you into things that arent the best for you. Your expected to work overtime for no extra pay, and when you don't, hear things like "Your just not doing enough." or "We want you to dedicate more time here." Management reminds me of a baby looking at shiney objects, unable to keep focus on one thing for more than a month, and then moving on to the next. Its all about making money quick... not growing the business.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the basics. Great ideas don't come from the top, they come from the bottom. Stop chasing shiney objects. Make your employees happy, encourage them to be creative, motivate them, and the rest will follow.


  5. "Neutral on Network Solutions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Now quick to adopt new technologies

    Cons

    Lack of employee career development

    Advice to Management

    Listen to customer and employees


  6. "Technical Support Analyst II"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst II in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst II in Herndon, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair benefits, management willing to work with you, flexibility is a key component, management tends to listen to what you have to say.

    Cons

    pay, unrealistic expectations of employees, things can be bad for a long time and never be fixed, unfair to customers

    Advice to Management

    keep trying and listening to your employees, or else you are doomed as a company. we are talking, but it seems like to deaf ears


  7. "Overall a good place to work, but as in most companies - be prepared for regular shifts in direction and priorities."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and helpful staff with team approach to projects. CEO is interested in hearing from staff, and he also tries to be open with updates to company status.

    Cons

    Long hours for the mid-level staff--not senior staff. Fire alarm approach to many issues and constant shift in organizational priorities.

    Advice to Management

    think before making everyone else jump.

  8. "Good people being driven away by management with no vision."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are talented, friendly and hard workinging.

    Cons

    Poor management expects more for less every year. Most of those that were long time employees in management have take the $$ and run like rats from a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Quit the rhetoric and do something. Cut, cut, cut is not the way to grow the company. Plan for the future.


  9. "Hoping it gets better."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Network Solutions, is almost as old as the Internet, they had the monopoly on domains for years.

    Funded in 1979 they used to be the leaders in the domain space, now they are probably number 4, and they have a good following in hosting.

    As of now Network Solutions manages more than 6.6 million domain names. Their size, founding status, and longevity have made them one of the most important corporations affecting domain name price and policy.

    Cons

    Many different owning companies all wanting just more ROI, or eventually an IPO. Both have not happened yet, nor will they happen given the current economic climate.

    Short recent history: In 2003, Network Solutions was acquired by Pivotal Equity Group, and in February 6, 2007, Network Solutions announced that General Atlantic, a private equity firm that focuses on tech companies had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Network Solutions yet again.

    Even though they have very good financial, and are for the most part cash rich, this is clearly not enough the company is focused now on cutting costs, and has begun downsizing significantly. This has hit morale hard, since a sizable chunk of the workforce is gone now, and no one knows if more will be gone soon. Sad part, is the company is very solid financially.

    Advice to Management

    Focus, excel at something.
    Believe in life / work balance, don't just talk about it.


  10. "Web Developers Should Work For a Web Development Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    We are very aggressive at reaching our goals and targets. There is never a dull day, but if there were it would be welcomed. Honestly, it's a lot of fun and rewarding to see such a strong customer base buy into what we work very hard to produce.

    Cons

    We are going through a transition with new C-level leaders. We recently got a new CEO, CTO, CMO, CKO you name it. That's not the downside though. The downside is the fact these new people are very adamant in reaching our goals which sometimes pushes the rest of us to get burnt out. Luckily, they claim this overworking pace won't last.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management must be more realistic when predicting our year-end goals to the Board. Each year our goals and targets have been out of range. The problem arises when the rest of the employees are tasked with working extremely hard at trying to reach something that may not be attainable. With new C-levels they may be more realistic for 2009.


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