TESSCO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people. The culture is open door, but it depends upon who you work for which will define your success. Some departments work hard with little compensation while others just seem to do little to add value.

    Cons

    no clear goals. Everything is subject to change as the executives see fit. Depends who you work for. There is never clear goals sets for each department. The KPM's for one department may work counter to another. Each business unit should have clearly defined performance measures that jive with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the long view, walk the walk, don't just talk the talk.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are great to work with but its tough to grow within this company.

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in Cockeysville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Cockeysville, MD

    I worked at TESSCO full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great
    Benefits are decent
    Ability to accrue time off monthly

    Cons

    not much opportunity for growth
    pay could be higher for the work load demanded
    micro managing
    0 flexibility to work from home at a wireless tech company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You shouldn't have to write an essay explaining why you deserve a raise. Please reward people for the efforts. Growth seems more about who you know than what you have accomplished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Proceed with Caution! Call Center, not Inside Sales!

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits. 401K. Some very nice employees, especially in the Reno office.

    Cons

    Micro Management. A "Be Seen & Not Heard" culture. Managed by fear. TESSCO is a great starting place for young people right out of college, but not for professional sales people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a sales-driven organization, you may want to consider valuing your sales staff. The constant beat-down and berating is not necessary to motivate sales professionals. If you continue to perform for the shareholders year after year, why the sky is falling mentality? There will NEVER be change until the CEO learns to take advice from others who may actually have something to offer. Dogma will never make TESSCO a billion dollar organization, get rid of the Yes-Men. Stop forcing employees to watch FOX Television.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    So so. Decent technical training, no true sales training, and a lot of micro-managing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Good value prop, good to customers, large product base, decent reputation in the wireless industry. Decent base income if you negotiate. Job security in the sense that biz around for some time. In a lot of ways they try to develop a good culture (BBQs, dress down days, great Halloween parties) but other bad practices dilute these efforts.

    Cons

    Immature leadership, which is unlikely to change as there is no trust or power In leadership. Agreed with former reviews of "cult-like" environment-- hold on to old practices that are keeping us in the 50s. They have a "but we've always done it this way" mentality. Good old boys network and HR is ineffective at best and attitude is they do nothing but coordinate events at the office. Not open to new treads in business (very old non-intuitive computer system that takes months to stumble through, micromanage time of even the most seasoned/experienced employees). Extreme micro-management, though it ebbs and flows in intensity. Must document where you are every second in the computer, though you are supposed to be professional salary employee. Indeed no salary increases as general rule so negotiate up front. Management has allegiance to very strange business practices that I've never witnessed in sales organizations (ex. the amount of time a sales person spends on the phone is more important than the GP they bring in). Poor performers/offensive employees can remain indefinitely do to tenure or shared political views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put experienced and effective leaders in place (probably needs to be brought from outside company), institute real sales training for staff and expect staff to sell not just check off boxes, abandon old methods that hold us back, decode complex commission structure so employees can be excited about their monthly checks. Cut the fat of old employees and bring in experienced staff and listen to what they say about how other businesses are run. When all the new talents cringes from certain TESSCO practices (like micromanagement piece) take it as cue to consider change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Outdated Technology, Strange HR practices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TESSCO full-time

    Pros

    Business is growing despite losing large customers.

    Cons

    Review process is odd. No annual salary increase. You have to ask for a raise if you want one. Impossible to figure out retirement matching. Impossible to figure out annual bonus structure. Sales goals overly aggressive; impossible to achieve.

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

    In retrospect - a Toxic Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at TESSCO

    Pros

    The workforce is full of people with good attitudes and the desire to do a great job

    Cons

    The compensation review process is tedious (to say the least)

    Reward program is complex and changes yearly

    401K contributions are rarely matched by company

    Upper management here is a nightmare - only yes-men survive in this environment where buy-in to flawed direction is expected. This company ties its own hands and torpedoes real success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management at TESSCO seems to generally ignore advice, so providing feedback is pointless. It's no wonder their performance in the telecommunication industry is lackluster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Materials Handler

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Materials Handler in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Materials Handler in Hunt Valley, MD

    I have been working at TESSCO

    Pros

    If you like to work overtime, there are many chances to make extra money. If you like to have most of your day open, 6-2:30 would be a good shift for you.

    Cons

    Hard to advance even when superior to other applicants. Tenure seems to outweigh knowledge and qualifications for the job. Mandatory overtime near the holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent communication with your workers is needed. Team members feel used and abused and unfairly compensated where true or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cult

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    Former Employee - V P
    Former Employee - V P

    I worked at TESSCO

    Pros

    Dedicated employees who want to make a difference

    Cons

    CEO who wants to revered as cult hero. Could care less about his employees, Its all about him

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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