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Verio President & CEO Hideyuki Yamasawa
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Pros
  • The company has good benefits and offers great flexibility for work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Salary and good people to work with (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication from upper management on the direction of the business (in 5 reviews)

  • Some of the business decisions of the main company have derailed the morale of the people who really would like to see the business succeed (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Dying company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was fun while it lasted. Some good technology. Some good people. Surrounding area makes for pleasant afternoon strolls. Not uncommon to find employees napping in their cars during the day.

    Cons

    The place is closing up. People need to find other jobs within the company or they'll soon be out of a job. Hopefully everyone has been keeping up their skills, since Verio long since stopped being a technology leader.

    Advice to Management

    Polish your resumes, spruce up your LinkedIn account, sign up for technology hiring mailing lists. If you're the last one turning off the lights, listen for the moans of old Verio ghosts when the ventilation system kicks in.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "No longer a real company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and pay is ok. Not a sweat shop and have some cool events.

    Cons

    It used to be a cutting edge hosting and development shop. Years of bad executives run through there has left it to die on the vine. What was left was an operations manager as CEO and a bunch of Japanese guys in upper management that never leave their office or communicate with anyone. NTT could not find anything better to do with those guys in Japan. New leadership just worried about keeping the servers plugged in and no innovation or creativity. SA's becoming managers of teams that do nothing and block development from doing anything that people would want to buy. Such a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, NTT just giving up. Time to go find another place.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Company went down the drain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Support in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met a lot of good people there. I did learn a lot as well. Workers at your level were there to help.

    Cons

    VP's change like every 3 years. Each has their own vision of what they want to do with the company. Often complete 180 from the previous. Poor business decisions created a toxic work environment. Support was off shored and that was the end of an era.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "What happened to you?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you don't want to work and still get paid, you're set. Verio doesn't fire people very often so you can sit back and the 10% of the people that are trying will be left to carry your weight. That said, I did enjoy the many years I was there before the place went down the drain.

    Cons

    Senior leadership team is lost, without focus, constantly vacillating in priorities based on the interference by the parent and most have their own agendas which are at odds with others in the SLT. The CEO, while a nice guy, doesn't have a vision and needs to manage his SLT with much more direction and accountability. The largest con is that Verio is probably going lights-out soon as they are a failing company.

    Advice to Management

    You all need to row the same direction. Pick it and engage fully, even if NTT constantly tries to derail you. There must be accountability! Yamasawa must have a presence within the company. Don't hide from your employees. Stand proud and become a force within your company.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "From good to bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Verio full-time

    Pros

    In early 2000 verio's Orem office had a great environment. Things went progressively downhill as they tried to merge divergent office cultures and then later forced Japanese management style into the creative process.

    Cons

    Every 3-6 years the parent company rotates in under qualified people from Japan into leadership positions to micromanage the US staff. While a few have been well intentioned most become tyrants. Upper management won't make decisions or take responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Find a vision, share the vision, stick to it. Don't rotate in temporary staff at such influential positions. Take the handcuffs off of your managers. Pay attention to customers and employees. Make some decisions.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sucked!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning new technologies, free coffee, free water.

    Ping pong table.
    Woosball
    video game tournaments during the work day.

    Cons

    They hire managers from the soviet USSR era that treat their employees like soliders at boot camp.

    Advice to Management

    Stay where you are -- this is where you belong.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Could've been so much more..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there are very few pros at this point other than what you'll see in other reviews, with regard to it "being a paycheck. Verio had plenty going for it over the last 15 years, but has frittered it all away.

    Cons

    No vision. No effective leadership. The company has made a couple big bets strategically over the last few years and they have been very bad bets and in areas the company simply was not prepared to deal with. This has created a defeated mentality and what little culture there is at the company is one of "just do what I'm told to survive."

    Advice to Management

    Kill major projects that are doomed to fail anyway, clean up the balance sheet, and start fresh.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "One Dysfunctional Place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, financially stable - backed by NTT Communications Company.

    Cons

    Poor Executive Management, no clear direction, Japanese-owned company with different business approach/management style from most US companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, clearly communicate the vision and direction for the company


  10. "The people are nice. The management is clueless"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a number of people - particularly at the old iServer offices (Utah) - that are nice, intelligent, and have a clue about hosting.

    Cons

    The management is all driven by marketing and M&A - without any real understanding of the underlying business. This disconnect leads to serial poor decisions and sustained pressure on the employees. Layoffs happen frequently, and the entire company would be gone if not for sustained support from the parent corporation. Those with the most mobility (best education, most experience, strongest prospects) are all going or gone.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganizing teams does not equal productivity.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Just don't do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior UNIX Systems Administrator in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Senior UNIX Systems Administrator in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly stable, only 4 major layoffs in 15 years
    Punch the clock, keep your head down, and get paid
    Guaranteed bailout thanks to NTT

    Cons

    Puppet company controlled completely by NTT
    Not even lip service to "core" values
    Many positions simply rotated out every few years to Japan
    No quality in management or products

    Advice to Management

    Give people a reason to enjoy their work and maybe they'll make something worth selling


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