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  1. A wonderful company destroyed by a Board that is asleep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynaVox

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The products truly help people. Some staff nice.

    Cons

    All decisions are made by the CEO. Managers are not provided with the proper information to complete their jobs. They CANNOT seem to successfully develop new products. What should be fast releases take years and are filled with bugs. And the culture (starting from the top) is horrendous. There is a climate of fear and mistrust.

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors: step up to your responsibilities. The company has lost almost all value yet you seem to do NOTHING. You and the CEO have destroyed a wonderful company. (Just check the stock price!)

  2. Doesn't care about its employees or customers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be a great company to work for - wonderful products that met a need, smart people, forward looking product plan. Now management is only concerned about the bottom line.

    Cons

    Since the company went public, it's gone downhill very rapidly. Salaries are not competitive; there seems to be absolutely no interest in keeping their employees or customers. and morale is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Start making an effort to develop new products, but support your customers and make an effort to appease your disgruntled employeesl

  3. Great Product, Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowing that disabled children (especially) are (often) being given their first opportunity to communicate clearly with their parents. Very rewarding.

    Cons

    Stark lack of leadership at all levels. Distinct lack of vision, products are being undercut steeply by competition that just a few years ago didn't seem to exist. Employee morale not even taken into consideration. Interdepartmental communication is functionally nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    TALK to your employees. MORALE really does mean something in the workplace. It's HUGE, actually, but start with baby steps...

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DynaVox

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can feel good about the product and services the company offers.

    Cons

    Senior management seems indifferent to the company and staff.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Over Promise, Under Deliver

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at DynaVox

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Strong financial backing ensures competitive product development and strong presence in the market.

    Company continues to make strides in a difficult industry.

    Cons

    There is a huge disconnect with what is happening in the field and senior management. There just isn't enough inside knowledge at the top. There is a lot of talent but senior management is suffering from insufficient experience in a very specialized industry.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should really spend more time in the field and understand the culture of their customers instead of focusing so much on the business of business.

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