Sales Associate, at Cellular Visions (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – March 1, 2016
A typical day at Cellular Visions, Inc. included assisting customers with cellular plans, devices, and promotions. The management was fantastic, and associates supportive and knowlegdable. The company was recently acquired by another dealer, and there are many changes, both positive and negative.
Compensation, benefits, positive work relationships
Sold company with little notice and no control over sudden changes
Excellent corporation with benefits and great people
CSR4 Case Manager (Former Employee) – Missoula, MT – March 26, 2016
Although I left due to lack of advancement potential, this in no way should detract from working for DIRECTV. It was a BIG small company and felt like it. They were family and community minded and truly cared for the customer. I can't speak for all call centers or managers company-wide but the culture was in place for excellence at all levels. Highly recommend it as a great place to work.
Call center work is difficult at best, but every accommodation is made to help employees feel valued, safe and comfortable. Co-workers were the best I've ever worked with, and supportive.
If you enjoy helping customers this is a great place with tools to support you.
I left right after the AT&T merger, so I can't vouch for current conditions, other than my coworkers continuing to work there.
Healthcare, flexible shifts and other benefits, coworkers
pay (higher than most for the area, but still low overall), management change-over and some favortism
Direct TV Sales Agent, Synchronoss (Former Employee) – Bethlehem, PA – March 28, 2016
Working there was a fight to keep the job. Management had many issues with lower leveled workers. Most co-workers on the same level, was fairly friendly, but when it came to supervisors, seniors, and Team Leads; there was a lack of consistency. The hardest part of the job was trying to maintain the job. Due to the fact management was always looking to fire people based off of personal issue, rather than business. Too many workers in the job was either falsely excused, or fired due to outside personal issues. The job was not completely horrible due to the few peers who are consistent and trying to help the company.
Sr Manager (Former Employee) – El Segundo, CA – February 19, 2016
I worked at DIRECTV before the AT&T merger, so some of my experiences may no longer apply. Your satisfaction will depend on your department and your direct manager. I had both fabulous and mediocre. Great managers give you lots of career development and push you to do things out of your comfort zone - but are still there to back you up if you need it. Other managers just have you do the same thing day-after-day. They had re-orgs almost yearly. If you survive a re-org, your desk tends to move. Some employees moved yearly. Be friendly and learn about other's roles in other departments, this will help you seek other opportunities and you can climb the corporate ladder. I watched one manager skyrocket to Vice President in 5 years. Others languished in the same non-management role for decades. Good salary and benefits. I learned a lot of new skills and confidence in my work!
Cyber Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Tucker, GA – March 3, 2016
I was a Cyber Sales Representative prior to leaving AT&T. I loved the job and I only left because my position was moved to Jacksonville, FL.
It was a wonderful place to work. I was in a fast-paced, highly competitive, sales position. The most enjoyable part of the job was consulting with new business owners and assisting them with the promotion of their companies.
I had great co-workers and the management team was helpful and professional. There was nothing hard about the job. There were times when directories were about to go to print and we had to push to get our customers information verified and updated by a specific deadline.
Area Manager Contracting and Sourcing (Former Employee) – Morganton, NC – March 7, 2016
Since I Left I heard that work -life balance is improving from the top down. Compensation was good for the area I was in. Hardest part is getting buy in on new ideas and management methods. Most of the people you work with are 1st class people as for as peers and support. Middle management needs some work but Upper management were dead on most of the time. You will do a lot to CYA but if you cover your boss raises are good if they don't get blindsided during the year.
Most employees are helpful and a delight to work with
healthcae has went down over my 23 years / cost gone up
Electronic Technician III (Former Employee) – North Carolina – March 6, 2016
AT&T is a great company thanks to the UNION and the outstanding benefits it negotiates on behalf of its members.The salary is great.ATT does not offer real opportunities for its non management employees to advance through the ranks unless you get a recommendation from upper management.Very diverse culturally.A 4 year degree, even a Master degree mean nothing when it comes to promotion or bidding on jobs outside of your group or department.
No promotion to certain people unless your boss or someone higher up recommend you for promotion
Very stressful job environment. From the get go they wanted you to be literally running out the door in 15 mins. Management harass everyone to the point of the day you lose your job, you're thankful. If you get injured, forget it. Theyll do whatever necessary to not pay. Numbers game get played hard, management is not there to help, but to fire you. Since we had to drive their trucks, every little incident becomes your fault and you get suspended, even if someone rear ends you while you're stopped at a red light. Pay wasn't so good either, at max $20 something an hour you would grow a head full of white hair. Union is not gonna do much once the chopping block comes to your head, shall I continue?.. good luck.
Good benefits (do not injure yourself)
Long hours, worst management ever, corporate culture sucks.
Very competitive, you must be able to work alone and be very responsible and on top of your game. Must be available 24 hrs a day, as a System Tech.
System Technician (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – February 4, 2016
A typical day non stop your are working from the time you get in till you get off and the OT. I learn so much and went to numerous school to advance my skills to be up to the Telecommunication Standards or better. The manager I had were all good and I had good communication with them. Co workers were great and everyone of them were very competitive and sharp and skillful. The most enjoyable part was the firs 30 minutes and last 30 minutes of the work day, the comparative among the crew was full of laughter fun, you had to have a tough skin.
Manager (Former Employee) – Greenville, MS – March 24, 2016
This was an excellent place to work. Managers worked together to assure we all was on the same page/consistency. If you were out on vacation, they believed in being on vacation, other managers would ensure your reps know the changing of policy or procedures to ensure they are top performers. Before we moved on to another project we ensure all the reps were trained and if they had any questions we (manager) would answer with the same answer-again consistency and all on the same page. We had fun at all times as well as was the top center in the the organization every year.
Benefits, pay, co-workers, teammates, work life balance, education, time for success and learn, opportunity, moving up for different position
Prem/wire tech - a job for masochists and the desperate
Wire/Prem tech (Former Employee) – Missouri – April 4, 2016
Pay is decent, especially if you have a degree, background, and a cert or two in the telecom/networking industry.
If you're in a tight spot financially and have no other options, or you hate yourself, go for it
That's about it.
Runs the place like it's stuck in the 80's with a "rank and yank" style of managing employees. (Look into MSOC, it's out there on the web)
Garage is extremely disorganized, with every manager's head seemingly stuck up their own rear end and not knowing what's going on. Couldn't even order the tools we needed for our job for two months
Threatening and fear-based work culture. Every day you're seemingly on the brink of being fired. Constant threats of layoff.
Zero work-life balance.Severely ill? Better come to work. Snowed in with no way out? Better walk to work. Daughter sick and have chemo appointment? Too bad, they will skirt around FMLA and write you up for it. (100% serious, seen it happen to another tech).
I don't see a bright future for this company. Their U-verse products are mediocre at best, and with the purchase of DirecTV, I'm sure they'll figure out a way to gum up that great product as well. And they're quite late to the game on fiber internet, Don't expect them to give Google, verizon, or other smaller established companies a run for their money.
Advanced Tech Support, Customer Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Ashland, KY – January 25, 2016
This was the best paying call center job that I have ever have. I was able to get a raise 3 times in a month in the last year. Health benefits & company discounts for cell phone service & Directv is a plus. But poor management is center & company wide. For such a world wide company,such a simple task of forecasting call volume & staffing scheduling is so poorly managed. I never felt like I was working for a corporate company. Employees up to the management level don't act very business like. I wish I can say that it's just this center but other workers in other centers are complaining about the same thing. Forget about advancing to any good position. You may have to wait 10 years to get tenure to get into a management position that you can be secure in. I've worked in call centers before, but this has the cheapest. It seems like any center appreciation is coming out of their pockets.
This is one of the best companies I have worked for in my working career. The management and atmosphere made it a fun and rewarding job allowed me to help hundreds of clients.
My typical work day was cold calling new prospects and handling and renewing current clients and upselling new programs to increase exposure in the market space their business was in.
I was given lots of hands on sales training to help me build product knowledge to sell our suite of products we offer to new and existing clients.
One of the hardest challenges that we have as print and internet sales professionals is buyers paradigms on product performance and the belief that advertising wasn't needed or they solely relied on referrals.
The best part of the job was being rewarded and recognized for performance by management and my piers.
AT&T which was previously Southwestern Bell was a great place to work.
Senior Records Clerk-Installation and Repair (Former Employee) – Norman, OK – January 19, 2016
Because the communications industry changed, there were many job movements during my career. My typical day would start at 8am and end at 5pm. I would answer phones as needed for Management and/or pertinent to my job, input data and do general clerical work. They sent me for training many times for different computer programs.
Our Management team wanted us to be involved in our jobs and made us feel that we contributed to the overall success. Oddly, the hardest part of the job could at times be the most enjoyable as the need to be flexible would put me in different departments learning new things.
While I love technology and everything about it. Working for AT&T was not my favorite job. Demanding hours even at part time and stressful conditions caused over 13 employees from the store I worked at to either move, or find positions with other companies within a year time frame.
Many employees started having mental issues with anxiety, depression, etc.
One example, as being a employee who maintained top 10% status in the company for 6 consecutive months, I was still threatened with termination and reprimands.
They do not cater well to those with medical situations either. We had someone go to the ER in an ambulance from the store and was not given grace for those absence days even though he was wheeled out on a stretcher.
They claim to want to assist you in getting wellness and promote healthy lifestyles, yet do not include it in your benefits.
They expect you to retrain at any point in time and expect you to pay for it and do it on your own time.
I would not ever go back to work for AT&T
Competitive pay, pay raises, union
Demanding environment, do not care about employees
Challenging, exciting, great opportunities to learn.
Area Manager (Former Employee) – Meriden, CT – March 24, 2016
If you are on the management team, be prepared to work long hours, participate in many online meetings, communicate with team members across the country via video link. There are continual opportunities to learn about new technology, to learn new skills, and to find out about the future of the business. One works with individuals from vastly different backgrounds across the country united by a single goal - to improve the service provided by AT&T. The hardest part of the job is getting used to working independently - co-workers and managers are frequently located several time zones away. The most enjoyable part of the job is getting to know the many talented and interesting people who work together to make the company a success.
Opportunity to work independently; learning opportunities
Great Job to work for, more along the lines of a Career
Customer Resolution Specialist (Former Employee) – Aurora, CO – January 14, 2016
This company was a great employment opportunity, a typical day at work looked like, going into work seeing many smiling hard working people. Very relaxed yet serious environment, like working with your everyday family. Easy to advance, and easy to speak with co-workers and with management. Very flexible with work schedule, with providing overtime and going part time. Also will pay for your schooling, if it will lead to improvement on the job. The hardest part of the job, was the Irate customers, but the most enjoyable part of the job is getting the customer the solution needed, and getting them happy and calm with the company again.
Free Directv, Take very good care of the representatives, Health/Dental/Eye Care availble with company after first 30 days! EASY to advance/pay raise.
Attandance policy can be difficult for some to handle (pretty strict)
Team Manager (Former Employee) – Ridgeland, MS – March 24, 2016
It is very fast past environment. Constantly changing procedures and policies depending on the needs of the business. If you plan your day the day before, you will have to adjust calendar to compensate the needs of the business. You may get some irrigated customer that you will have to assist and diffuse their anger. AT&T is a good company to work for, they provide excellent benefits. I have learned that each day is different and you cannot get upset and back away from daily life. Working with co-workers are a great way of learning from each other. We worked well together to improve results and share best practices to ensure we are all successful in what we do. I love working with the teams to better results. We had fun events to keep the agents motivated. The hardest I have experienced is there is no work/life balance. Family is important
A typical day at my position begins with reviewing the previous days rejects and correcting the issues surrounding them to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction. I am quality driven and I pay close attention to minor "details" as they can be the clue that can lead to the resolution. My career with AT&T has taught me many skills from Problem assessment, problem solving and Decision making, Managing people, effective communications, time management, to software skills to patience. The hardest part of the job I have today is communicating with Foreign Carriers and helping them understand the idiosyncracies of the new Billing Application and assisting them in producing a product that can be utilized by the system. The comraderie and teamwork - the Team I currently work with are great people and they are always willing to help.
Staff Associate (Former Employee) – Fresno, CA – March 18, 2016
Life at AT&T was exciting. Every day had it's normal duties, yet there was always something different thrown in as well. We had a wonderful group of people, from our management down through our service representatives. My co-worker and I had a great system, and we enjoyed each day, including the challenging days. The only thing constant at our office was change.
AT&T trained us to be flexible, and how to resolve concerns with respect for our customers. I also learned how important dependability is.
The hardest part of the job was the lack of a career path due to the change in the telecommunication climate.
The most enjoyable part of my job was the diversity in the workplace and the variety of work my position dealt with.
Nice place to work for first 10 years, salary and benefits were excellent and manaement was great also until AT&T purhased Bellsouth.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Ft Lauderdale, Fl – March 14, 2016
Typical day at work was taking incoming calls to resolve customers telecommunication issues and needs whether it be billing or selling the customer one of our new services. examples of what we sold to our customers were cell service, land line service, high speed internet service or cable TV. Co workers on a whole were great and we worked together as a team. The hardest part of the job was consistently meeting my sales quotas. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping my customers resolve any issues or concerns they were having that made them call in to the call center.
Fair salaries and great medical and dental benefits
Management was only concerned about sales not customer service