Liberty Global Reviews

Updated 9 April, 2015
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  1. Fantastic learning environment, ideal for ambitious intrapreneurs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Liberty Global full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great subsidized facilities (restaurant, gym) at the European HQ, dynamic environment, plenty of smart human beings with energy, drive and vision.

    Cons

    The company lacks real customer focus - they've done wonders at the front-end call centers, etc. in recent years, and the product development teams do their best, but the company's strategy is not really about its products. Senior management is 99% focused on the financial markets, managing debt, and staying a whisker ahead - no real customer or innovation focus. The actual culture and practices are mostly conservative and wasteful. There are signs of this changing in some parts of the organization, but in my experience most employees are highly cynical about implementing new ideas and genuine change.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a Lean organization, that is geared towards learning and continuous improvement. Get close to the shop floor, open your minds and hearts to what's really going on, and build relationships of trust with your staff.

  2. Stressful environment, variety of people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Liberty Global

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - A good place to start
    - Good compensation, benefits, bonus program
    - Opportunity to work with many different technologies
    - Skilled employees

    Cons

    - No clear objectives
    - No time to focus on anything important
    - Exhausting on-cacll shifts
    - A lot of stress and noise as if they never dealt with a situation
    - No documentation, unstructured knowledge, many single points of failure
    - Some people in management are from another planet.
    - Many people resign after a short period of time
    - Atmosphere that causes a lot of conflicts between employees

    Advice to Management

    There are many capable hands within the company. Give them something interesting to do. Create a clear structure and define the levels. Stop hiring overqualified people to do monkey job or give them responsibilities on their level.

  3. Senior Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Liberty Global

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company makes decisions fast.
    Great company restaurant facility
    Good gym facilities

    Cons

    No people development.
    Quality of people varies heavily.
    Different way of working at affiliates compared to headquarters
    Very individual
    New way of working is not promoted

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  5. interesting dynamics, nice people, very international

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Liberty Global

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, great campus in Amsterdam, very nice restaurant, free gym, lots of international professional and smart people around. Very dynamic and fast moving industry. Get the job done mentality.

    Cons

    Very political and complex structured company. Personal growth really depending on who you work for. in-consequent management behaviour, again strongly depending who you work for. Increasing amount of policies making it hard to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Less 'old boys' please

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good learning... next step is other company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Liberty Global

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to work.
    Nice people
    Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Bad compensation scheme.
    Not proactive with career development.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees by developing talents according to their capacities.

  7. Mostly nice people, interesting product, international, but very corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conversion Optimization Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Conversion Optimization Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Liberty Global full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in HQ in Amsterdam, lot of expats, great lunches, salary and I met great people there.

    Cons

    It is a corporate environment, burecratic and things take time... I made more Powerpoint presentations during my stay there than ever before.

  8. Review of Employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Liberty Global full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, open culture great workplace amenities.

    Cons

    Top down management, quantity over quality. Lack of self learning

    Advice to Management

    Learn from projects in such a way that mistakes are not continually repeated.

  9. Chaos and Anarchy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Developer

    I worked at Liberty Global full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job security for life if you can manage the politics

    Cons

    Politics.
    It is more important to be seen to be working than to be actually working

    Advice to Management

    None

  10. Liberty Global from inside

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Liberty Global full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Compensations, benefits package, nice SR campus.

    Cons

    Management is awful. Departments fight each other, departments are lead by incompetent specialists, that are "managers" enough to forget and check reality. A lot of money is being thrown on solutions, that are then dropped. Development directions shift twice a day. Environment is unstable - U can forget about personal growth. Many ppl spend 10 years being NOC engineers without any progress whatsoever. Software cycle is being raped on daily basis, leading to low efficiency, which is being covered by managers. Leading idea in company - "If U don't want to do something - propose something else or go to a meeting". Be careful signing contract - may contain hidden clauses, that can be found in Dutch laws.

    Advice to Management

    Guys, wake up - U are loosing thousands of Euros, ppl come and go, there is no core in company. U have to stop buying companies and create chaos over chaos.

  11. Very professional colleagues but people acting inconsistently in the company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Manager Position in Schiphol (Netherlands)
    Former Contractor - Manager Position in Schiphol (Netherlands)

    I worked at Liberty Global as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting packages (transportation card, top class cars, possibility to receive a benefit to buy a bike, pension plan, health insurance paid directly by the company),, health programs for employees, very professional colleagues Good cantine, nice looking environment. Free coffee, fruit day, discounts on UPC products, small gift for Christmas, events organised regularly to build our network in the company.

    Cons

    Conflicts of priorities between departments. Very stressful exigences of the management.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent between departments to avoid "wars" between departments

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