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CommScope Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
70 Reviews

3.3
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CommScope President & CEO Marvin (Eddie) S. Edwards, Jr
Marvin (Eddie) S. Edwards, Jr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, relaxed working environment, new technologies (in 5 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, Good work environment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • it's hard to believe there is any more costs left to cut once the good ole boy machine (aka - everyone knows that is Hickory (in 5 reviews)

  • Too much good ole boy mentality within WIG group (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company needs to get with the times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Time Off policies
    - Friendly people in the local facility
    - Wants to do better by its employees (but see the Cons)
    - Flexible job

    Cons

    - While the company wants to do better by its employees, it hosed up health benefits during the 2014 open enrollment. More options at a higher cost to the employee.
    - Stuck in a 70's/80's style of management. There's no culture. Everyone is on their own. No sense of leadership to drive success from the managers (at all levels within the company). No one really knows what the path towards future success is supposed to be and, if they know it, they don't share it - not purposefully but usually because they don't realize how knowledge can empower others within the company to strive for success. Many broken or old processes that people do no t want to fix for fear of becoming replaceable.
    - Bonuses are offered to most levels of employees within the company but they are tied to goals that result in employees not working favorably together for the overall betterment of the company. Instead, it's for the betterment of their own bonuses.
    - No accountability results in folks only looking out for themselves and lacking empathy for how their processes affect others. It results in lots of wasted time and wasted money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read some of the latest case studies on management. Look for real ways to make real impacts to the culture of the company. Don't rely on just an internal survey to be the justification of culture and process improvements. Look at how you're managing and employ actions that empower and engage the workforce. Empower the folks in all levels of the company so they care about their jobs. Finally, all levels of indirect staff need some accountability. It would go a long way to fix some of the inherent, cyclical process dependency issues which result in wasted time and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Schizophrenic Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wartime feeling of camaraderie. Individual contributors are very supportive. Many functional managers are regular people who offer support, feedback and non-monetary recognition.

    Cons

    The company has a thick ethics policy that is handed to every new employee. Regrettably a large proportion of middle management act in unethical ways. Toxic managers are protected, often for years, and although I have not personally observed this, there are rumors of quid pro quo promotions in return for sex. Training of supervisory staff is close to non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your own ethics policy. Meet with employees and find out which ones live in constant fear of their managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office  in  Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Office in Joliet, IL

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good location, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Poor working conditions in factory & office (temperature, noise level, dirt)
    Great place to work if all you ever get rewarded with is getting to wear jeans because some sports team won the night before. And, if you're a wedding planner in training - this is the place to be. More event planning goes on here than actual work. Or if you're a Director, take a 2 hour lunch, THEN go work out upstairs for another hour, and walk past all the people who have to punch a time clock that get 30 minutes for lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to what is (or isn't) going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start a career but dont plan on advancing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to learn and allows you to make contacts at other companies in the industry

    Cons

    Upper management does not understand the industry. They do not have even a basic understanding of telecom beyond buzz words. Most of then can not tell you the difference between an antenna and an amplifier. They approach the industry not as innovators but a simply widget manufacturers. Was great as Andrew but since merger with Commscope there has been a constant slide down hill. Very difficult to get promoted from within for most. External candidates are favored over internal ones in regards to compensation.
    Andrew promoted based on skill and proven ability, Commscope promotes based on "Good ole boy" network and formal education. If you have a degree from ITT Tech or Phoenix you will be promoted more aptly than a person with 20+years of practical proven experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Factor in practical skill. INNOVATE. Andrew became strong by innovating and that has been lost since Commscope merger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Department  in  Catawba, NC
    Current Employee - Training Department in Catawba, NC

    Pros

    Great Pay and gracious number of paid Holidays.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits and company is run poorly these days.. Sending all our jobs to China.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to stop being so selfish and quit thinking about just yourselves al the, titme and think about the middle, very loyal man that has workded very hard for you, and you have kicked them out the door. These workers have been there 20, 30, 40 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a pretty good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Catawba, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catawba, NC

    Pros

    Halfway decent pay and benefits. The benefits dwindle every year where we are paying more and getting less as far as insurance goes.

    Cons

    I will say that it wasn't always like this. I could only assume that as the company got bigger the employees mattered less and less. I really hate to break it to the corporate big wigs, but the employees are the ones who make money for the company while the execs are the ones who cost the company money. I and a lot of other people used to actually enjoy working at CommScope.

    Management is fairly incompetent and to a degree unqualified, but then again cronyism is very much alive and well at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First off try being positive to the employees for a change. You may not believe this, but telling them that they might be losing their jobs every chance you get does absolutely zero for morale. Most people I work with could care less about their jobs now because well why should they? Why care when you may not even have a job next month, or next year according to the constant negativity you shovel out to your own employees.

    This company has a lot of employees who have stayed loyal to the company for decades which is a whole lot more than I can say about those in corporate. I think it's about time they started treating them with the respect they deserve instead of just a number that can be tossed out like the near thousand other people I have seen get laid off since I have been there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good when it was Andrew but after Commscope took over it went down hill fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician  in  Forest, VA
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Forest, VA

    Pros

    It was a decent place to work when it was Andrew because they didnt have the educational credential policy for all positions although management still needed to be changed to an electrical engineer. The vacation is good.

    Cons

    The electronics manufacturing is run by management who doesnt have a clue about how electronics works. Employees on the manufacturing floor are treated with disrespect and get the impression from management that we are "beneath" them. When you tell them about a technical problem they act like you dont know what you are talking about even though you are the one with a degree and experience in electronics. Also, they have educational credetialistic poilices in place to keep you from ever advancing beyond your current position without going back to school. Nevermind the fact you have the skills, ability, and knowledge to do the job, or that you meet or exceed every other requirement for the job. UNITED HEALTH CARE HIGH DEDUCTABLE INSURANCE THAT DOESNT COVER ANYTHING AND IS REDICULOUSLY PRICED. Also, no career advancement opportunites for manufacturing employees (only management and salaried employees).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put someone in charge of an electronics operation that has an electronics background (i.e electrical engineer) instead of a business management major. Also, get rid of the educational credential requirements for positions and promote from within first!!! You are losing valuable personnel to other companies (who dont have those policies and who do promote from within) because of these policies. And the strange thing about the educational credential policy is that there are people in positions that require those credentials but dont have them and this sends mixed signals and indicates favoritism. AND GET RID OF UNITED HEALTH CARE - THEIR INSURANCE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You've got to be Kidding...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Joliet, IL

    Pros

    It's a job... the only adventure is wondering how it got this bad.
    there are some great people here with their heads in the right place, but they are in the minority.

    Cons

    If they want to make your job miserable, they will find a way, ask any factory worker.

    Some managers only point out the bad... never the good.

    The merger with Andrew was awful. Andrew was clearly the better company/mgmt. of the 2 to work for.

    Every year they degrade a benefit... just enough to upset you.

    People in hickory come off as arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I will not give these mgmt types my expertise... they can go fly a kite... better yet. go golfing... they do that well...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor  in  Westchester, IL
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Westchester, IL

    Pros

    It is a global company

    Cons

    -Poor leadership & communication in Audit Department
    -Performance Feedback is a joke. There's no formal process and not communicated to the individual it pertains to. So everyone in the dept knows your performance except to whom it concerns.
    -No work/life balance. Told to travel out of country for weeks with no work/life balance
    -Questionable management ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    They closed our factory - 85 people out of a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newton, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NC

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits - Great employees who worked hard to grow product line and help company grow. Fitness center on site was a bonus

    Cons

    Poor management - Greed rules - Little chance for advancement - Out of the blue they decidd to close our factory - 85 people out of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Yreat employees, especially long time employees (25+ years) with more respect. Poor decision making by uppermanagement keeps people from wanting to work for this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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