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