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VTech Communications Reviews

Updated November 23, 2016
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  1. "It's a wonderful place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities and Office Services Coordinator in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Facilities and Office Services Coordinator in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VTech Communications part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They really value their employees and are always looking for ways to help them grow.

    Cons

    I have really enjoyed my time working there and I can't really think of any negatives.


  2. "Good company and location to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits and perks, great people at the Beaverton office location to work with.

    Cons

    Issues can occur by being controlled from corporate HQ oversees that can affect employees in various negative ways


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of good leadership"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance. Impossible to lose your job. Good benefits and PTO. Half-day Fridays in the summer, but only if you work an extra hour Monday through Thursday.

    Cons

    Leadership is either incapable of leading or hamstrung by Hong Kong leadership.
    Leadership also has to tenderly massage news and market events to appear positive so that employees don't feel they are on a sinking ship.
    The business is shrinking and that can be demoralizing.
    Unable to innovate and deliver new products effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good leaders, make tough decisions, and determine what VTech's greatest strengths are and play 100% to those. Be honest with employees.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Nice people, but not good leaders"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VTech Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is very laid back and you feel like you could work there forever. The office culture feels very inclusive.

    Cons

    However, with declining sales for the last 5 consecutive years, we know where that story ends. The leadership team at the company are nice people, but not leaders and definitely aren't driving the business.

    The other con is working for a company where quality products aren't something they value, I was always a little embarrassed when telling people where I worked.

    Advice to Management

    Start making the tough calls and do what it takes to grow the business. Start looking at the talent that has left and listen to their feedback and stop rationalizing their departure. There are many good people there that you can't still keep if you take action and show them that there is accountability.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distribution Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Distribution Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vtech is on the cutting edge of the telephony retail and commercial application markets. Also as they realize the corded and cordless home telephone market is compressing, Vtech has implemented plans to enter and lead in the connect to home vertical. They have incredible engineering and technical capabilities, along with a first class customer support group.

    Cons

    Depending on your geography, advancement could require relocation to Beaverton , Oregon. This is a great place to live but may deter folks not open to relocation.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice, Stable, and.... (Yaawwwwwnnnn)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Nice people, flexible schedule. Company is debt-free, so financially stable.

    Cons

    You're shilling home phones and baby monitors that are defined to generate a stable business. No boundary-pushing here at VTech - gets boring after a while

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job at running a stable company. As long as you can find sharp people who want nothing more than stability, keep doing the same things.


  8. "Great people - leanly staffed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people. The company is staffed leanly, so there's the opportunity to building up a wealth of experience in multiple areas. You have to wear many hats and work on cross-functional teams, but that keeps things interesting. Management has to trust its employees to get the job done because there just aren't a lot of bodies -- which leads to greater autonomy. And the company pays you what you are worth.

    Cons

    The industry itself. Selling landline telephones to retailers isn't the most exciting endeavor. However, there are certainly challenges that require creative thinking, and the company affords you the opportunity to solve such problems.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open dialogue with employees regarding the financial well-being of the company. And don't refer to the layoffs that occurred in 2006 as a "re-engineering." The company has long since overcome that difficult time period, but the employees remember, and don't like the use of that word.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, good benefits, but the pay is low."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VTech Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people overall and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    I the pay tends to be on the low end and there are little to no bonuses. This is a Hong Kong company and their business model is different. I would think twice before working for a foreign company again. THere are very limited opportunities to advance in your career.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to learn all aspects of business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Supply Chain in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Supply Chain in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Enables you to make a difference and learn different areas of the company.

    Cons

    Not too many levels, so difficult for upwards movement.


  11. "Collabrative Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends

    Pros

    strong visibility accross multiple departments which allows for mobility within the company.
    culture - open door, respectful communication, benefits, lots of on site benefits (massage, BBQ, etc.)

    Cons

    smaller sales/ marketing office for phone sales into SMB, Retail and Hospitality. Often need to step outside normal responsibilities to assist in special projects. Not all processes are defined.

    Advice to Management

    Great executive team that is always willing to sit down and address concerns.



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