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EarthLink Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
266 Reviews
2.7
266 Reviews
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EarthLink President & CEO Joseph Eazor
Joseph Eazor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I've also found the culture and management to be very supportive of work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Good if you are looking for just a paycheck not a career , a lot of good people to learn from (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management runs with some ideas without realizing how they affect the employees (in 13 reviews)

  • Company seems to be headed towards bankruptcy and Senior Management is grasping at straws to stay afloat (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    An epitome of how a company can be driven into the ground.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsford, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsford, NY

    I worked at EarthLink full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of spare time as there is no movement forward with company..

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and reorganizations. Plenty of clueless management with little or zero industry experience, hired only because they know somebody. Good majority of management came from failed or bankrupt telcos, now pretending they can contribute to an IT company. Zero possibility of internal advancement. Countless wasted cycles to implement or accomplish the simplest of tasks.

    Any employee worth his or her own weight left long time ago due to aggravation, poor pay, constant reorganizations. Only employees that are left, are the deadweight that the company has been carrying for years. Employee turn-over is like you have never seen at any company.

    Probably the most unorganized, unprofessional, aggravating job I will ever have in my career, which is also clearly articulated in the stock price of Earthlink (read nosedive of the past three years).

    Worst yet? As I have learned while going through interviewing process for a new job, having Earthlink on your resume is a negative. Lot's of employee turnover and very upset customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO has a tough job ahead. Cleaning house is his only chance to survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    EarthLink Response

    Jul 16, 2014Social Media and Communicate Engagement Manager

    Thank you for sharing such candid comments about your previous employment with EarthLink. There are always opportunities for any company to improve, and your feedback may help us address some of the ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenged outlook

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at EarthLink full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate, caring, dedicated employees who want to succeed and who need and are willing to take direction.

    Cons

    Senior leadership not equipped to lead company to turn corner. Poor IT integration work, challenged customer experience and industry worst service delivery intervals provide for negative outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit talent with experience, not friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    From the Top Down, Horribly managed company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Techcare Group in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Techcare Group in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    Generally the People (Most of them) are good working people.
    They build a knew breakroom, thats a Pro I guess?

    Cons

    From the top down the management at this place sucks
    From the regional managers to the site directors (most of them) to the department leads
    "Management" doesn't know anything about the technical aspect of the day to day job, you have a bunch of overpaid non-technical "supervisors" running around harping on people to take more calls. First call resolution means nothing to management in the Amherst NY Tech care facility, its all about answer time..
    Overall Pay is below average for the amount of work and stress involved with the day to day job
    There is no accountability, you can have techs who don't know how to do the jobs and they are never let go.
    Far too many "re-organizations" for a "stable company"
    Drama between leads trying to one up each other and backstab eachother

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to the people on the floor who actually do the job, they know how the business is suppose to run, unlike yourselves!!!!!!
    Try to be more understanding of the workers on the floor, I know this is hard since none of you know what they are going through as you aren't technical.
    Pay your employees based on skill and performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy and repeatedly laying off front line people that improve the customer experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits package and great people on the front lines always doing anything to help their team and customer.

    Cons

    Systems and navigating through all them to get an order completed...been saying it for years and the Service Delivery systems have not improved, lots of swivel chair if/ands/buts/whens make it challenging to service the customer effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your front line people, migrate your systems! Dont give merits, bonuses, create new VP positions, and then lay people off in the same month!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Call Center

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Repair Answer/Customer Care
    Current Employee - Repair Answer/Customer Care

    I have been working at EarthLink full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supportive team leaders, helpful coworkers, very nice facility. Initial training is very thorough for call center.

    Cons

    Constant changes in organizational structure means changing goals/objectives it seems weekly. Typical call center -yelling customers, working nights/weekends/holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick to it. Invest in continuous training - not just for new employees. Have a development plan for employees. Offer bigger incentives for good attendance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Growing Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EarthLink full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Company has annual bonuses and annual salary increases. Progressive work/life balance with telecommute options. There is room to grow across departments. Overall, co-workers are friendly and upper management listens to the employees.

    Cons

    There are still some integration issues from all the acquisitions. Still need to work on the one company vision with all the acquired employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    EarthLink Response

    Jul 16, 2014Social Media and Communicate Engagement Manager

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your previous employment with EarthLink. We appreciate your positive comments, such as noting our annual bonuses and opportunity to telecommute, as well as your ... More

  8.  

    Not as great as it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great physical environment. Appreciated the opportunity to work remotely. Work was rewarding. Immediate supervisor was great.

    Cons

    Too much finger pointing and office politics. Morale is getting worse as more people are let go and remaining employees are forced to do the work of 2 or more people. Conflicting cultures of acquired companies caused lots of problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who have been providing specific business lines the longest and the most successfully. Quit trying to fix things that aren't broken just for the sake of change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    EarthLink Response

    Jul 16, 2014Social Media and Communicate Engagement Manager

    Thank you for sharing your perspectives on your previous employment with EarthLink. We appreciate your positive input, such as noting our good pay scale and opportunity to work remotely, while ... More

  9.  

    Great People. Good first job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at EarthLink full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall, it was a good environment. There was constant training in sales. Friendly people.

    Cons

    The customer service reps don't get trained as frequently as the salespeople, which makes no sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide additional training opportunities for customer service reps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Earthlink Motto - "If it's not broke...break it".

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

    I worked at EarthLink full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competent non-management employees to work with

    Cons

    The most mismanaged company I've ever worked for. A very clique-y high school environment where "failing upwards" is common place. No communication between managers and processes put into production environments before being tested. A constant battle to fill schedule openings because management gives PTO days without regard to staffing levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to implement Work Force Management try learning how to use it first! Tech Care is circling the drain and will be another failed blunder in EarthLink's long and storied list of failures. Stop treating Tech Care like a Call Center and call it a Solution Center like the grass roots program it started as.

    Stop promoting mediocre employees to positions they are clearly not qualified for. You already have more employees off the phones than on the phones.

    Develop a true Quality Assurance program run by professionals as this is one of your weakest areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, poor leadership

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

    I have been working at EarthLink full-time

    Pros

    The people around you, the ones you rub sholders with everyday are great. Great benifits

    Cons

    Weak Sr leadership. No clear direction. Very low employee satisfaction, that HR seems unable to repair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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