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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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2.9 49 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

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David Walsh

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Poor leadership and complete lack of unified technical strategy

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsGood people (both native Genband employees as well as the employees acquired); competitive salaries relative to the telecom industry and the region; acceptable work/life balance; decent career growth opportunities

    ConsNo unified technical strategy; acquisitions made to chase the next shining object; no willingness to take risk; most senior levels are brought in and "old boys club" - risk takers and disturbers aren't welcome in the leadership ranks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop acting like drunken squirrels and focus; get a CTO that knows the industry past 1995; take risks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Software Designer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat co-workers and opportunities to learn from different fields.

    ConsToo many lay-offs showed negative sides

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    Mis management

    Product Support (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsGenband bought out Nortel's VoIP unit and Salaries are same as Nortel's

    ConsThey keep laying off people since taking over Nortel when the return on investment does not meet a target.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSmart up and keep the best people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not so good

    Support Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsGood compensation relative to the market
    Some very capable first level managers
    Freedom and flexibility to work from home when needed

    ConsLack of vision, no long term strategy for successfully growing the company
    No organic growth; growth seems to only come from M&A
    Employees are not empowered to make decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a clear focus to grow the company and communicate it to employees. Empower employees. You have a very strong and experienced set of engineers, use them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disapointing knee jerk reactions to market events.

    Senior Test Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsSalary is very competitive and lower level management do a great job.

    ConsNo security, no clear direction and an ever increasing pool of executives....

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink long and hard about the "REAL" cost of sending jobs off-shore.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical modern day IT Sweatshop, Brutal

    Software Development (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsPay and benefits and technical talent around you are positive. There are lots of great people trying to succeed at the lower levels.

    ConsSweatshop, extremely political environment. Very short sighted management team and direction. Direction and vision are unclear and therefore impossible to implement efficiently. Staff reductions are frequent and all management practices are "territorial" and guarded. There is no spirit of honest teamwork to all move in the same direction together. Management is old school fear based and nothing at all is progressive or innovative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour success will be directly tied to the positive motivation of the people that do the work. If you treat your employees great, they will do great work for you. There is no longer loyalty by default in this industry. You must engage and empower your employees in a positive manner. Get rid of old school fear based management philosophies and modernize your management team and style with professionals that know how to manage (not just whomever promoted to be managers and directors). Management and Leadership is a skill and talent that is sorely lacking at Genband.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly positive.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsMany top notch employees, including a number of stellar employees from the Nortel CVAS acquisition.
    Lots of opportunity to work with cutting edge technology
    Very customer focused.

    ConsSometimes feel like we are an asset that is being "sweated" by our private equity owners, principally One Equity Partners / JP Morgan Chase. That is, the company is managed on a quarterly basis, with a short leash (e.g. if revenues are lower than expected in a particular quarter, cost cutting is immediately announced).
    Some functions are understaffed, to keep costs down.
    Not very progressive with respect to work at home employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to employee satisfaction, as this typically has a direct bearing on customer satisfaction. As a minimum, conduct an annual survey and share the results.

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    Content for now, things seem to going in the right direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation is on par with the industry.

    ConsFeeling of being disconnected with the rest of the company. Not too much synergy between organizations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp foster an environment of synergy and shared success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No opportunity for promotion or growth

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)

    Prosa good work life balance

    ConsNo opportunity for growth unless well connected with personal contacts with Sr management

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople who want to grow career are looking outside the company due to frustration with lack of potential internal

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Land of the pointing fingers

    Finance Manager (Current Employee) Frisco, TX (US)

    ProsClose to home and retail

    ConsThe lack of ownership and responsibility managers take. Seen too many staff level employees become the victim of a managers blunder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPursue a culture which seeks to problem solve first, not look for something to blame. Its pathetic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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