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Frontier Communications Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
526 Reviews
3.0
526 Reviews
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Frontier Communications Chairman & CEO Maggie Wilderotter
Maggie Wilderotter
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits are probably the best thing and the only "pros" to consider (in 30 reviews)

  • The pay is very good, the schedule is extremely flexible and we have good benefits (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management, considers Technicians with high Call Handling Time as inept (in 39 reviews)

  • Finding a work-life balance can be tough but can be done (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Internship

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

    I have been working at Frontier Communications as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company, American workforce.
    Many opportunities once you are actually hired on.
    As an intern I was able to work on a variety of projects, and given opportunity to be involved. Able to get experience using a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite, M6, DPI and Viyranet and more. In my personal experience I was able to witness many facets of the business, and was able to listen in on leadership meetings and learn more about the business as a whole.
    Management was very flexible with work life school balance!

    Cons

    As an intern you will only be paid $11/hr, no benefits, no paid time off (sounds funny, but when you have been an intern for as long as I have you would think that they would at least pay you for holidays), management is more concerned with their own business than training interns.
    Was told to stay home during Christmas week, without pay, because there wasn't much to do, however was told they still want me to work for them.
    Hard to get in full-time, and I have been told by others that management does not typically hire interns, just uses them and lets them go. Majority of employees are union, which makes it exceptionally hard to get hired on, due to CBAs. I have seen my fair share of interns come and go.I can attest that I have been told I am doing an extraordinary job in my current role, and feel that management does not want to loose their hardworking cheap labor.
    Sometimes there was too much responsibility placed on me, with no guidance, and management did not take into account that I was an intern trying to learn. Additionally, I wanted to get some extra training (classes, webinars, ...) during slow times to make myself more valuable to the company, however management did not see a point in this and rather had me sitting around doing nothing during these slow times (told to look busy, scan the internet, or just get lost for a while).
    One of the worst things is the negativity that is in the air (obviously, by reading the above, I have caught the bug a little myself). With all of Frontiers recent acquisitions and conversions, these consumed employees seem to complain about how Frontier does things versus how their old company did. They also LOVE to complain about management!
    Witnessed lots of waste/ shrinkage and misplacement of crucial equipment. Many projects seemed to be put together haphazardly, leaving teams to fly by the seat of their pants. Management may need to return to school and relearn leading teams, and ensure proper resources are available to ensure success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more with interns and allow them to be more involved. Simple things such as letting interns listen in on "bridge calls" allows for interns to understand the telecom environment while developing questions. Also, management should do more one on ones with interns to discuss the business and teach them from experience. Management should be more of a mentor, working to shape future leaders. And finally, take workers personal situations into consideration. Who lays off someone during Christmas to save $11/hr?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Has potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internet Help Desk Technician in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Internet Help Desk Technician in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Frontier Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have a lot of employee incentives, employee stock option, 401K matching, incentives to strive for higher sales (opportunity to make an extra $2 or $3 an hour for three months)

    Cons

    Call center environment. Got the flu and had a doctor's note to be out of work, came back to work and got a final write up as I was absent within my 90 probationary period. Was told that we would be getting something, but they never followed through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a employee has a doctor's note to be excused from work, don't write them up, even if they are in their 90 probationary period. Stop telling your employees one thing, and then not follow through with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Decent, but not stellar, company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Frontier Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most positions offer lively daily activities.

    Cons

    Decent health benefits, but you pay for them.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    IHD tech

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

    I have been working at Frontier Communications

    Pros

    The pay is good compared to other IT jobs I have seen. They offer the abilty to make more an hour based on how good of a tech you are. Sales are 30% of your stat's and at points is very easy to make sales if you feel comfortable doing so.

    Cons

    Forced overtime because the company did not plan well when purchasing a large state with close to 1 million customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making the install process better for new customers, someone who has never had services with Frontier should not be calling in describing trying to get services connected for over 2 weeks and having 3 missed appointments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos

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

    I have been working at Frontier Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supervisors leave you alone for the most part.

    Cons

    Very little employee recognition from management. This is also the "good ole boy network" at its finest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees like to know that they are appreciated, and they also like to think that there is a chance for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good ideas, bad execution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales & Service Specialist in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Sales & Service Specialist in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Frontier Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is very flexible with employees, even offering work at home options in many locations.

    Cons

    This is a very small company that has grown very fast by buying parts of other companies. They have outgrown their knowledge of how to operate efficiently. The salary structure inhibits employees from reaching potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a true, uncapped, full commission option to your sales people. My sales averaged over 150% higher under Verizon, selling the same products. This was due in part to the fact that Verizon rewarded it's sales people and gave them reasons to build the drive and to excel. That was taken away and sales dropped.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Re tension Specialist

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

    I worked at Frontier Communications full-time

    Pros

    Money was good, Benefits are great, Nice work environment.

    Cons

    What we were told in training isn't what happened. Training tells you no caps on commission BS ! Upper management even told us not going to pay high commissions. Someone better explain to them in commission sales capped is a bad word!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication to trainers and managers , let them know whats going not change daily!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    very strict with time management, sales and call flow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service and Sales in Marion, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service and Sales in Marion, OH

    I worked at Frontier Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    indoors, office work, some medical benefits

    Cons

    very strict with time management, sales and call flow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Opportunities Exist for Self-Motivated Individuals

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

    I have been working at Frontier Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're a self-motivated individual, who is ready to work hard then there are plenty of opportunities for you at Frontier. You'll be given the opportunity to prove yourself and, if you're reasonably competent, hard work and good technical skills will uncover opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The pace is extremely fast. At times, the company has too many things going on at once and quality of work and quality of life can suffer as a result. The company prides itself on being a leader in services in a technical market space. However, the services (e.g., phones, teleconference facilities, office spaces, etc.) do not at all convey the air of a technically progressive company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus as much on your employee-facing marketing as you do on your customer-facing marketing. Provide employees across the organization with a work environment that makes them FEEL like they're working for a modern, progressive technology company. Be more open in communicating vision to employees in concrete, actionable terms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Time to look at management's purpose

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

    I have been working at Frontier Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits based on industry comparisons. The main reason not to go elsewhere.

    Cons

    Management should be proactive and look at the big picture, not just the next few minutes. It is completely reactive and does not make an effort on foresight unless forced to do so by circumstances, usually when it has reached a crisis point. Many are women who found a way to get into a management position so that they wouldn't have to deal with the real work any more. Worker issues are treated as business as usual, to be endured instead of looking for a remedy, especially if it involves dealing with another department which might cause resentment. Personal devices are prohibited like cell phones or use of the internet on personal time but that doesn't seem to apply to the managers who shop online, talk on personal phone calls, and wander around socializing with their favorite people, taking them away from their work. They watch and publish stats to inform you about your status with an occasional suggestion that things may need to improve. No guidance is provided or acknowledgement of conditions that affect performance and are beyond the control of workers like broken systems. What many customers probably aren't aware of is that when they ask for a supervisor, they are only getting another worker elevated to the status of being the escalation person making the customer feel as if they are getting more help. This position has no more ability to solve the problem and they are counting on the customer being satisfied that nothing can be done since a "supervisor" told them the same thing. The real supervisors avoid calls from customers as much as possible unless it has become an executive level issue and they are compelled to deal with a problem themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A paradigm shift is required from a management style that is interested in more than holding onto a job and doing as little as possible to survive until retirement. You need management that is proactive for the company and the workers or you are doomed to the status quo which is why so many other companies are mediocre and can't realize the enormous wasted and unused potential of their workforce. Being just a little better than the competition is not a good business model but seems a common goal in the industry. Not exactly what I would call raising the bar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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