Alaska Communications

www.alaskacommunications.com
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Alaska Communications Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Alaska Communications President, CEO, and Director Anand Vadapalli
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  1. Sales and Service Rep I - Wireless

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    Former Employee - Alaska in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Alaska in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Guaranteed Pay raises every 6 months after the initial probation period. UNION JOB IBEW 1547. was able to work 4-10's with 3 days off. Really good medical plan, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Incentives to work were nil to none. The Compensation for working hard and making sales goals seemed to always change and not in a good way.

    Advice to Management

    Need to stop changing the structure every 3 months. It is detrimental to your employees moral to keep changing a good thing.


  2. Pure Politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alaska Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Union retirement for some, generous vacation time, reimbursement for college, if the boss likes you, you can get away with doing nothing on a daily basis and still get paid.

    Cons

    A purely political machine. Inter-departmental rivalry, managers with no managerial skills, a marketing dept that can't get the numbers straight, no money to bring real broadband to the masses, no forward thinkers in Outside Plant.

    Advice to Management

    Just give up and let Google bring fiber to Anchorage.


  3. Work til you drop

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alaska Communications full-time

    Pros

    People are great - everyone is in it together

    Cons

    Lots of churn / unnecessary work effort. If you don't work 60 hours. - you're not in the "inside circle". management talks about work/life balance but demands more and more.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling employees what you think they want to hear - be honest and act with true integrity


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  5. Wonderful company that has come a long way

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    Current Employee - Network Technician in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Network Technician in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alaska Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great leadership. Sure there are some faults, but compared to other places I've worked, it's head and shoulders above. -Family atmosphere. Co-workers are great, everyone gets along and helps each other out. -First experience in a union, and it's been a great one. We are well-paid and benefits are outstanding. -Continuing focus on not only training, but improving processes and customer experience. -Career opportunity. There is plenty of jobs to move into if one wanted to work for it. We love Anand! He's a great person and a great leader.

    Cons

    -Accountability. At times groups are not held to account for lack of documentation or low quality work.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to make a group leaner, you also have to look at what is holding that goal up for that group such as dependency upon another group's quality work. I cannot reach full potential if I'm held up by other's lack of quality work or lack of interest.


  6. Happy!

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    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alaska Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    13 years here and loving every minute. Happy to be a part of some truly positive change!

    Cons

    Can sometimes take a bit longer than it should to remove ineffective employees / leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the company's goal and path, relentlessly simplify, and continue to celebrate the positive.


  7. Promotions, people and pay were a plus. Managements lack of insight into the business with a steady focus were negative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay, benefits and generally the people are good.

    Cons

    Office Politics. Lack of clear direction and alignment from management.


  8. Working conditions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work teams dedicated to doing a good job.

    Cons

    Merit increases are set on a percentage increase based on a rating system. Almost better to quit and rehire for a reasonable salary bump.


  9. Unreliable due to debt

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, decent training, reasonable compensation.

    Cons

    Your future is uncertain here. ACS' debt has been the cause of their downfall. They have tried many times to reduce it, but still they have debt hanging over their heads. They have invested very little in the infrastructure of their own technology.


  10. It's all in the management - usually good

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    Current Employee - SSAI in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - SSAI in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alaska Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internal promotions, training, ground up employment and all seems good from what I hear. We get many calls from retired employees...many speak of the politics of the small state company, but are happy.

    Cons

    Depending on management, it's very likely before your 6 month union protection comes in, they can can you for nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Audit managers.


  11. Legacy ILEC struggling to define company direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alaska Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people in the trenches are on the whole quite talented, experienced and committed to providing customers with the best service they are capable of.

    Cons

    Glacial pace of corporate change coupled with mostly union workforce makes it very difficult for Alaska Communications to be agile and competitive in the marketplace.



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