Telephone & Data Systems Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. People Stay A While

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, experienced staff, several resources, flexible environment, fast paced, high performing organization, good location, room for advancement, little office politics

    Cons

    Older tenured senior workforce, few outside of work activities and events, difficult fitting in at first, several levels of management, confusing organizational structure, slow top-down decision making

    Advice to Management

    Focus on lowering the average age of the workforce and work on creating a younger culture. More outside of work company sponsored activities can help create a more relaxed emvironment. New employee on-boarding should be handed more carefully (official training isn't for weeks)


  2. Helpful (1)

    Solid and fair company.

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

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy the work/life balance and the chance to work from home. I like the predictability and stability of the organization as a whole.

    Cons

    An IT Support Technician supports 100+ applications across the Enterprise including US Cellular however concerning our salary review we're labeled as a typical ticket jockey from Joe Schmo Co. opening and routing tickets. I think that Mr. Gantner should come sit with one of our analysts for a few days and get his doors blown off.

    Advice to Management

    Compare these support roles to other support roles in this organization. When a business analyst is supporting one specific function of SAP with minor project work, they are making significantly more money. There are several current business analysts that are former Technicians, ask them what they think of the wage paid to Technicians based off the span of knowledge needed to support the Enterprise.


  3. Solid employer with opportunity for those who want to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation is competitive and high performers are rewarded. Also, there has been opportunity to learn new skills.

    Cons

    The work-life balance has tipped more towards work in the past couple years.


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  5. People oriented company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Solutions Analyst in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - IT Solutions Analyst in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very high tech company working that is customer focus.

    Cons

    Competition in the telecommunications industry has resulted in yearly staffing reductions over the past 5 years.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Generally good, but beware of HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people there are good people that want to see you grow. The culture, the old culture that is hanging on, is a good one. People work hard and you are rewarded for your work.

    Cons

    Beware of HR. They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy and have a very bad reputation in the organization, but they'll never learn about it because they don't want to know and the rule by fear. Personally, I've tested my HR rep by giving them confidential information and my leader knew what I'd told them within 2 days - twice this has happened. They also like to make threats and accusations that are completely unfounded - I've seen this happen to a number of people - usually to anyone that questions them or pushes back. They decide they don't like them and they start working to get them out. I'm not sure if it they are even aware. . . . Be particularly careful of the ER and CP.

    Advice to Management

    Survey the employees and try to see what they actually think of HR and leardership. The employee survey isn't doing it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It's been a mostly positive experience at an interesting company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good leadership at the top.
    Conservative spending set the company up well for the recession.

    Cons

    Work-life balance has suffered over the past couple years.



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