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Polycom Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  • Didn't have confidence in upper management or direction the company was headed (in 23 reviews)

  • It's great for work-life balance but makes the offices barren (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Future feels bright"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Polycom employees are passionate and smart and dedicated to making the company great. Employees are obsessed with the products. Environment is collaborative made all the more so b/c of the technology.

    Cons

    There are pluses and minuses about having such a liberal work-from-home policy. It's great for work-life balance but makes the offices barren.

    Advice to Management

    The new management team is very aligned and it makes a difference on employee morale and focus. Keep looking for ways to retain top employees.


  2. "Sr. Communications Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are the best part of Polycom followed closely by the technology you use to communicate each and every day. It was the company I wanted to join and now - 3+ years later - I can't see myself anywhere else

    Cons

    Nothing of note. A lot of transition happened over the last year but the course we're sailing too looks very bright.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating as effectively as you have been. Over the last year I've seen tremendous change in executive communication as well as employee morale. This place was good before, but now it seems we are in a much better place.

  3. "Could not keep pace with competition"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Polycom (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good Technolgy
    - Known Brand
    - Sound Quality

    Cons

    - Lost direction
    - Flat (in fact slightly declining) revenue


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Sr Staff Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work option and that is it. Now I need to satisfy the 20 word minimum somehow. Just need few more words...

    Cons

    Nearly 100% politically charged layoffs cost us star players who didn't / wouldn't hide the incompetent leadership at director / VP / SVP level. Once the straight shooters were executed, the remaining few, quieter and also super-great employees started leaving by themselves. The company is now almost completely devoid of talent and skills led by the same political managers, or the few that sold their integrity for a couple of bucks, with zero technical domain knowledge. You can do the math.

    Advice to Management

    Why not just give up on the acquisition dream and get on with the sell-in-pieces plan B for whatever patents and soon-outdated tech we still might have? There's no point keep dragging on with a company you effectively managed to lobotomize when you took over. I'm saying this because I just signed an offer with another company this week. You're nothing more than a gravy train for those who ruined the chances for real change for the better and my integrity won't allow me to watch this charade any longer. You should've let go all the current VPs and most all Directors instead of laying off key engineers with hundreds of years of combined experience when you purchased PLCM. Instead you let managers, who are first time in video-conference business to begin with, to exit those veteran engineers who repeatedly pointed out the incompetent and incorrect decisions been made every day by those same managers which lead to mass exodus. It's such a mindlessly bad "strategy" that it almost looks ... intentional. Maybe we were to become a gigantic tax break for someone and at the same time removing a thorn off our competitors' side? I'm sure they'd compensate handsomely for that extra ~$1.5b added to their yearly earnings with shiny new careers under their organization (please watch carefully where these managers go after Polycom is gutted and be thus forewarned).


  5. "Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time

    Pros

    Learning technology I never knew before. The products are good

    Cons

    Company fails to listen to employees. Very unorganized. Management is poorly staffed with unqualified experience.

    Advice to Management

    Get qualified Managment. Not all. Some groups go through the motions but nothing happens.


  6. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    New leadership has a vision that we are all behind
    Ideas are welcome
    Teams are supportive of each other
    It feels good to be part of a company that is a leader in the industry

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of extra investment money for vendors or contractors, but that is okay, because you empowered to get it done yourself.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lead Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polycom full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, though it is stagnant.

    Cons

    No career path, heavy in politics, and culture is not very exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with the teams and be more transparent.

  8. "Lead Development rep"

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    Former Employee - Lead Development Representative in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Development Representative in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team
    Fun environment
    Training manager was really good

    Cons

    Team got moved to different location, making current team dissipate.


  9. "Never gets boring"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time

    Pros

    Polycom is a great place to work if you're constantly seeking something different or wanting some change on a monthly basis.

    Cons

    Due to the high volume of continual changes in leadership , programs and practices it can give a feel of instability to the workforce.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Channel Programs and Strategy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Rocklin, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Rocklin, CA

    I worked at Polycom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from anywhere

    Cons

    In a global role, the work hours were crazy


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