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Verio President & CEO Hideyuki Yamasawa
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Pros
  • Some great people do/did work here and the local leadership tries to make improvements (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment and no lack of funding (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Non-innovative Senior leadership team, company has been lagging the market for the past 10 years (in 3 reviews)

  • It used to be a cutting edge hosting and development shop (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Dying company"

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    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."

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    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"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "What happened to you?"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company I've every worked for"

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    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager
    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met some good friends

    Cons

    Management that will lie to you and throw you under the bus to Sr leadership in a second. Also were known for sexual harassment problems.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The Ship is Sinking. There are no life preservers let alone lifeboats."

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

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

    Pros

    Good place if you're a masochist.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional. There's no excuse for this company not being able to mount products that function as they should. The products are not to blame, but the leaders who do not lead should be ashamed of themselves. Leaders manage from behind closed doors and surround themselves with yes men. A sure means to get to the bottom. There are some super employees here, but they don't stand a chance.There is so much potential that is being wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to understand what customers want and need and how it has to be delivered. This company is a start-up that is build on top of an established commodity. It can not be expected to function like an established company when you are trying build something new and different. Become customer driven.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "From good to bad"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Sucked!"

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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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck
    Bonus every year

    Cons

    Many groups are slow and/or completely inept
    No accountability
    Japanese leadership is scared of its own shadow
    Dev group is "lead" by someone who would probably have issues running a hot dog stand


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