Access To Corporate Offers Has Now Been Blocked by Avaya Management
Avaya employees would normally have access to the free discount program available from Corporate Offers at no charge, but the new U.S. Benefits Manager at Avaya, Allison Barrett-Smith (who joined the firm in April 2016) has decided that employees should not use this free service and they should use instead a competing "pay" service of her choice, namely Beneplace. The downside of the Beneplace service is that it may be lacking in offer in many areas, it may encourage "shopping at work" and does not providing sufficient offers in the NYC area for employees located on the East Coast, something that companies headquartered on the West Coast often overlook. It also means that an exclusivity contract struck between Avaya and Beneplace will stifle competition, which we believe is an unfair practice, especially given that this is a free service. It is somewhat akin to demanding employees use the free Yahoo search, when Google is clearly better, but then banning Google to make your employees use Yahoo.
Corporate Offers had previously worked with Laurie Wells, the former U.S. Benefits Manager at Avaya Inc for 20 years, who valued our commitment to quality and our hands-off approach of not overburdening Avaya employees with too many emails - limiting it to just one email per month. Sadly Wells retired in October 2016 to Wilmington, Ohio.
If employees feel that the Barrett-Smith decision is a mistake, the contact details of the involved parties are below:
New York Area Avaya Offices:
Avaya Head Office:
Limited Employee Access To Corporate Benefits:
If Avaya employees feel that this decision is wrong and they would like access to CorporateOffers.com restored they should contact the Avaya HR representatives above to voice their opinion. Other similar telecommunication companies that do allow their employees freedom to access Corporate Offers include; Cisco Systems. Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Solutions. Current employees could consider these as alternative employers.
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