Consolidated Communications

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Consolidated Communications Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
14 Reviews
2.6
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Growing TeleCom Company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits. Work from home flexibility.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to get time-off during major projects.

  2.  

    No support, no direction, behind the times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and great values

    Cons

    No support for sales staff, No marketing, all the "Leaders" have ZERO cold calling experience. Still running the company as the ILEC and using outdated or unused processors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a leader that has and continues to do what you expect of your sales team. Not someone who is sitting behind the desk looking at numbers. Lead by example.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Promotions and pay based off popularity

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Gibsonia, PA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Gibsonia, PA

    I worked at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are a handful of benefit packages to choose from. They offer various additional benefits for reduced pricing (optional).

    Cons

    The company has been through various mergers and seems to buy a new company every so many years. Their attempt to "consolidate" job responsibilities involves training their "hometown" employees from their main office and phasing out the new locations. They post job openings for current employees via their company intranet and encourage employees to advance within the company, but many existing employees are not considered or overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who are hard workers based off their everyday work, not employees who are hard workers based off an "anonymous compliment"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Switching Technician  in  Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - Switching Technician in Conroe, TX

    I have been working at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Average matching on 401k, work-balance is good, can take off to take care of personal things without a lot of notice. Compensation is good for the area

    Cons

    Managers don't seem interested in fixing process issues related ti work flow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Almost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Communications full-time

    Pros

    Decent work / life balance. Challenging workload. Good people. Good community involvement if you are in Mattoon.

    Cons

    Consolidated is trying to be an acquisition company but falls short on integration leading to a disjointed environment. Headcount reduction is done before there is a good understanding of what people do. Good people are let go and questionable people are retained and promoted. Low morale. Upper management pretends to listen. Time wasted on inefficient processes and applications. Frustrating politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping customers requires more than just undercutting competitors. Customer support needs to scale beyond residential. Engineering next generation products and services should be focus. Listen to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Current employee with over 17 years. Overall, a good place to work. But there are issues just like anywhere else.

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

    I have been working at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Family oriented. I work a normal 40 hour work week and their requirements for overtime aren't unreasonable. The insurance is very good. The pay is reasonable but varies from state to state based on local competitive salaries. The business is growing in a time where deregulation has created a lot of uncertainty in the telecommunications industry.

    Cons

    At one time, when local telephone companies had a monopoly in their service areas, there was less pressure to be profitable. Now though, those pressures have created an environment where advancement and better salaries are difficult.

    Internal communication could be better, but that is as much a reflection of lower level management as anything else.

    Internal process are not fluid and could use some attention. However, due to the organizational structure and silos created by that structure, the prognosis for that change looks bleak.

    All of that being said, those are not major issues and when considered all together, they don't overcome the pros of working for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are headed in the right direction, but internal processes need some attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Got to stay years with the company before any promotion

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Conroe, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good staff working in the IT department and hardworking one, but pay scale could vary.

    Cons

    No communication what so ever with 1st or 2nd level of management, not sure why CIO is there & what is he doing, forget about training or going to school, you will stay with same position till they promote you may be after 10 years. Salary increase at the bottom of the industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For CIO, not sure what are you doing? to get a salary as 4 hard working system engineers, there are hardly an communications from the top level for communicated company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    What a crap factory

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    Former Employee - Tier II BBTS  in  Charleston, IL
    Former Employee - Tier II BBTS in Charleston, IL

    I worked at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It pretty easy work if you know technology

    Cons

    Everything else, don't waste your time on this place
    Shitty product, you would be hardpressed to find anyone at consolidated who actually pays for their IPTV service, it is crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    actually hire employees instead of using a temp service
    treat your employees like actual people not just faceless workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Things have changed so quickly here.

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    Current Employee - Swtching Tech  in  Mattoon, IL
    Current Employee - Swtching Tech in Mattoon, IL

    I have been working at Consolidated Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people you work with day to day are really great.

    Cons

    Since becoming a publicly traded company all focus shifted from the customers and employees to the shareholders only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure what they can do at this point to right the ship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lukewarm experience - could be better could be worse.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Consolidated Communications

    Pros

    Good vacation and 401k benefits. Somewhat flexible work day schedule (for most work groups). Yearly corporate-wide state-of-the-company presentations given by the executive team. Friendly demeanor.

    Cons

    Monitary compensation is average at best - top performers often leave for more money. Healthcare benefits are below average for a company of its size. Nepotism is a problem in the company (Texas and Illinois regions). Management jobs appear to go to friends and family instead of searcing for most qualified. Executive team is excessively focused on growth through acqusision versus fixing major problems in the company like customer service and employee moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take immediate action to fix the problems with customer service. Solicit feedback from customers - specifically those that are not happy or who have left. Most improtantly: use the feedback to improve. Delay future purchases until there's a feeling throughout the current company of "we're doing things right." If something is broken, fix it - don't keep the status quo just because it's cheaper. Start focusing on long term goals instead of short term cost savings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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