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Polycom Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Oct 16, 2016

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3.4
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Joe Burton
15 Ratings
Pros
  • "the Work from Home policy is generous so long as your manager agrees with your doing so(in 63 reviews)

  • "Perfect place for a work life balance(in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • "Didn't have confidence in upper management or direction the company was headed(in 23 reviews)

  • "Looking forward to completing integration with Plantronics and more stability with senior management(in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Fired & Re-hired"

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    Current Employee - Sales/Program Management 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The core people at Polycom - through long-standing tradition and from acquisition, the die-hards, are truly amazingly competent, smart, kind and well meaning individuals whom are awesome to work with day to day. When I was re-hired after about 2 years away, I was honestly thrilled to return "home."

    Cons

    The changing of the guard in upper management can be disconcerting, however the foundation is there and it is strong.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on top in your jobs for the long-term (more than 3.5 years) and focus on changes needed for real growth in our industry. Lots of smart minds internally want to contribute, but fear stops most from speaking up.

    Polycom2015-03-27
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good potential, but faces a lot of struggles"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, interesting products, many very bright and talented engineers.

    Cons

    Top-heavy, bureaucratic management and dated, ineffective development processes contribute to frequent project delays and quality problems. Too many programs for the number of people, persistent wishful-thinking on the part of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline organization and product line, accelerate adoption of agile and other modern development practices

    Polycom2016-10-16
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Poor upper management, poor software"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Polycom full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great engineers to work and enjoyed working with them.

    Cons

    Upper management need improvement on recognizing new technologies rather than relying on old beat up software that clearly looked like written by hackers. The telepresence technology itself is filed with complications almost seems like a failed technology like ISDN was at one point ! whenever there is a layoff upper management keeps cutting engineers (the real work horses) rather than cutting themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Quit relying on what you have take a risks cut yourselves rather than cutting engineers as software cannot be delivered without them unless they want to start solving issues even then it would be unlikely !

    Polycom2016-05-01
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Innovative Company - Upper Leadership Needs More Employee Focus"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many in the Colorado location have worked for the company for years and very loyal. Immediate leadership is well respected and support the teams. The Westminster, CO has an active activity team and plan events and fun activities. There are bonuses, restricted stock unit awards and merit increases were the norm until 2015.

    Cons

    Upper leadership has been more consistent post CEO spending scandal in 2013. There have been four CEOs in seven years and upper management has jumped ship in key areas. The CEO hired in late 2013 has not visited the Colorado location in two years. Very much a top down mentality and the front line staff and leadership have little say in major decisions. Diversity is not valued at a corporate value like other... organizations. Difficult to recommend this company given instability with reductions in force and reorganizations. Offices have shut down and the most recent reductions was over 11%.

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    Advice to Management

    Further empower the workforce and embrace diversity. We talk about living he values but more focus is placed on the strategic pillars and initiatives that are always changing. CEO should venture out to meet employees at all locations.

    Polycom2016-02-23
  5. Helpful (9)

    "No future in this market."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Polycom full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Some of the brightest minds in the business. Those that haven't already left for competitors, that is. - Option to work from home in some departments.

    Cons

    - Terrible internal politics severely limiting growth and ingenuity - Culture of fear work mentality pervasive - Massive unexpected layoffs of critical business units are now a regular occurrence - No real innovation and a lack of any cohesive business plan moving forward does not look good for customers nor investors. - Employees are ever-increasingly being kept in the dark by upper management as to... the intended course and direction the company plans to take.

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    Advice to Management

    - Stop trying to protect your fiefdoms and polish your legacies, and start focusing on resurrecting a failing company by working with, not against, your colleagues. - Internal strife is the last thing this company needs, yet it's the first thing on everyone's minds.

    Polycom2016-01-20
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Architect at Polycom"

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    Solutions Architect 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Polycom for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working from home. Colleagues were fun to work with and respected you. Didn't feel micro managed.

    Cons

    Didn't have confidence in upper management or direction the company was headed. Product quality was still an issue across various products.

    Polycom2016-01-06
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to be Depending on Department/Team You're a Part Of"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polycom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Did a great job of hiring good, qualified people. Comp was a bit higher than industry average. Treated sales team well while I was there. Great cafe and gym. Ability to work from home. Excellent quality in terms of products. Customer loyalty is very high. Good, recognizable name in IT.

    Cons

    Finance ran company as opposed to sales. Innovation lacking in terms of new markets. Hardware focus vs. software. New CEO is trying to change things up however. Problem resolution can take forever for certain issues. In past upper management was a bit detached from "real world." This may not be the case today.

    Advice to Management

    Transition into adjacent markets. Cut back on video investment. More aggressive partnerships with smaller/nimble tech companies.

    Polycom2015-09-02
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Obsolete software / Too many managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Polycom full-time

    Pros

    All engineers that worked with me were nice and courteous and I really enjoyed working with them. However they are all used to old and outdated software programming practices and as a result this company might not be a better choice to work for software development activities.

    Cons

    Upper management shows no appreciation to real work horses (engineers) who work day and night and deliver. There are essentially too many of them and not sure what they really do in their daily work. Most I have seen is that they sit around setup meetings and look at bugs as bean counters.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management head count. Company can deliver without managers but cannot without engineers ! Peter Leav is the only manager I have seen who seems smart !

    Polycom2015-08-06
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Beats being on the street"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Polycom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flex work hours. Each year you get an extra day of vacation.

    Cons

    OMG! Where to begin! Top level management totally incompetent. I mean TOTALLY. Corporate BS served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Upper management have only one goal: max share value at the 2-3 year anniversary since they took the job, whatever the cost (forced vacation used to be a popular one, they seem to have given up the practice), "anniversary" layoffs, the fashionable closing of an office. Staff split between... those 15+ years on the job and, at a far distance, the newly hired. Unprecedented churn and turnover (and I have been around the block a few laps). Management at all levels is mostly illiterate on technical matters. This starts with the lowest level manager and goes up to C level. They could manage just as well (ahem, poorly) in the tire, or candy, or any other industry they know nothing about. Remote offices doing overlap work and inter-office collaboration is most likely a text book example for NOT how to do it. Career sharks would kiss or kill whatever makes their career go up. OMG I could go on for days but I need to continue looking for another job.

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    Advice to Management

    Have your own stock vest in 5 years. Really, this is enough advice, the rest will simply follow.

    Polycom2015-04-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Polycom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small company with some great products. Leader in video and audio communication. Balance of work and home, flexible with great benefits. Challenging atmosphere with lots of hats to wear.

    Cons

    Innovation is a challenge, has lots of changes in the upper management. For a small company it has lots of challenges to over come. Leadership and strategy is a challenge, unable to keep the talent in place.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on innovative and simple solutions. Lack of strategic leadership, need to identify the barriers in business and work on long term strategy, innovation and attract talent. Need to focus on improving product quality.

    Polycom2015-03-06
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