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  • 32 employees say

    Excellent (14)
    43.75%
    Good (6)
    18.75%
    Satisfactory (6)
    18.75%
    Subpar (6)
    18.75%
    3.39
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Lenovo

Reviews - What employees say

3.39 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 28.May 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The culture is okay. Most people want to do things right, do a good job, take pride in their work. Some don't.

Support from management

Low level management tends to be supportive. Upper level, not so much. Direction is chosen by marketing, but if that direction isn't feasible or the marketing plan doesn't work out, development pays the price. When the quarterly results look down, people lose their jobs - quick to layoffs! Doesn't matter if development and supply chain executed perfectly on marketing's direction - a down quarter means lost jobs.

Teamwork

Most teams work well together and are willing to cooperate with other teams - at least at the Morrisville site. The teams in China aren't great at communicating with US teams, and some aren't responsive at all. Nothing is done to address it.

Freedom to work independently

No such thing! DCG projects are heavily dependent upon each other. All of the inter-dependent projects must achieve availability simultaneously. Complexity is far too high for independence.

Internal Communication

Some mid/high level management make a point to communicate. It's not always complete; often it's propaganda looking for those who drink the kool-aid.

Gender Equality

Women are protected but it's not equality. If man and a woman perform the same job, the man will be the one let go when the layoffs arrive. HR is very careful to comply with local laws, but that's on paper. During a large layoff, all of the names make HR's stats list, but many people are simply moved to an 'open req'. The practice is kept quiet to not alert those not retained; but it happens a lot, and more often than not the open reqs are not filled evenly between men/women.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Layoffs are a fact of life at Lenovo. Seldom do they involve younger employees - they cost less!

Career Development

More lip service. Managers talk about it, but you can't attend classes that conflict with the work-day; and they won't pay for classes. If it's free or out of your own pocket, and doesn't happen during the daylight hours, then great.

Overall compensation for your work

I was satisfied with my pay, but would have liked an environment where I was evaluated based on the expectations of my contributions; not compared to people doing not-quite-similar jobs with more visibility. Everyone could be doing a great job, but there has to be a spread and someone doing a great job is going to get a lousy review.

Office / Work Environment

Physically, the buildings are nice and kept clean... tours are frequent, and we can't allow partners or customers to see less than first class facilities. Morale is mostly low, the rumor mill rampant, and it never ends. While I was there, it was a daily challenge to shut-out the rumor mongers to focus on everyday tasks.

Environmental Friendliness

They talk a great game about safe disposal of waste and end-of-life product disposal. They don't address energy efficiency in the facilities beyond timed lighting.

Work-Life Balance

It's given lip service. Generally, if you need time off during the work week, it's okay as long as your total effort is around 60 hours/week. Unlimited PTO, but you can't take it during a project, and there's always a critical project.

Company Image

Many people are proud, until they see under the covers.

Job Security

Doesn't exist. US staffing is lip service for a company that would rather have everyone in China. Your job is as secure as the company's profitability... and therein lies the rub: they expect a fat margin, which will never exist in the Intel-based server market. There's little margin in commodity hardware.

Handicapped Accessibility

There's a LOT of handicapped parking. Many more than at the mall! Somehow all are always in use. Halls are wide and easily navigated by even the widest wheelchairs.

Workplace Safety

Lots of education, no enforcement. Our data center lab lacked EPO switches. Lab aisles were often blocked by cables draped across the floor by engineers who weren't present. Then there's the large volumes of cardboard boxes that a couple of individuals always left for somebody else to clean-up after them. The 'responsible managers' weren't receptive to requests that they police their people.

Challenging Work

No doubt, technologies are being developed; and time to market is ridiculously short. Plenty of challenge.

Inclusive / Diverse

Minorities are well protected. Any hint of inappropriate comments, overtures, or actions are dealt with quickly and harshly.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Set reasonable expectations both financially, and on the individuals. Also, restore design work to US sites.

What I like about the company

Facilities are good.

What I dislike about the company

management is not transparent; older employees are not valued or properly utilized.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Lenovo (united States) Inc.
  • City
    Morrisville
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Fitness center on site is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Bonus plan where only departments who hit their numbers get rewarded. Handicap accessibility in ALL buildings.

What I like about the company

Fantastic maternity leave policy and unlimited vacation.

What I dislike about the company

Communication from upper management, unexplained budget cuts, yearly layoffs.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Lenovo
  • City
    Morrisville
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered

Company Culture

Very much a China/Asia emphasis, U.S. locations are mostly a support role.

Support from management

The corporate direction changes so often that usually any reorganization is done before it is comprehended...key players functions change too so whoever is responsible for an item may no longer be within 3 months. Managers cannot keep up or do not attempt to.

Teamwork

Crisis response is good, but day-to-day communication fairly autonomous. Process ownership is non-existent. Therefore there is more crisis response.

Freedom to work independently

This is true if your assignment is in line with the current corporate focus.

Internal Communication

First line managers have a hard time translating overall goals into tangible actions for teams

Work-Life Balance

This is great as long as you do not have a life. There is flexibility for work at home but, due to the required communication across many time zones, expectation is to be in constant connection.

Job Security

Any disruption of global sales or performance results on loss of jobs in the U.S.

Challenging Work

It is really all about assignment, if you get a good one you will likely prosper, if not you are likely stuck until you leave

Suggestions for improvement

  • More distributed management at U.S. sites, with a greater role in development.

What I like about the company

Pay is not bad, Benefits are good.

What I dislike about the company

IBM culture in the U.S. persists, Lenovo needs to train for their own culture and embrace it in the U.S.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Ability to work remotely is offered 401(k) Match is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Lenovo (united States) Inc.
  • City
    Morrisville
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Logistics/materials management

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered

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Review averages

  • 32 employees say

    Excellent (14)
    43.75%
    Good (6)
    18.75%
    Satisfactory (6)
    18.75%
    Subpar (6)
    18.75%
    3.39
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Lenovo
3.39
32 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Electronics)
3.28
45,837 reviews

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3.30
2,660,000 reviews