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Lacking effective leadership in recent years

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Quality/M&P/Process Manager in Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Senior Quality/M&P/Process Manager in Dallas, TX

I have been working at AT&T full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Team awards, 401k matching, educational benefits, opportunity to work for a leader in wireless and IPTV technologies.

Cons

Job security
Yearly salary increases
Lack of leadership and direction
Salaries
Glass ceiling at area manager level

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to pre AT&T purchase leadership values. Reduce pro corporate propaganda. Get a more spirited leader to speak to the employees. Randall is a very smart and successful person, he just doesn't a presence like Ed did or Stankey has now. If you want a more hip corporate culture stop the talking and take action. Half of the company is stuck in 1970's mode the other half is trying to transform the culture by talking about it. Drop the massive hierarchy and flatten out.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    A lot has changed in a year and a half.

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    Current Employee - AT&T Retail Sales Consultant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - AT&T Retail Sales Consultant in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at AT&T part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pays pretty good for a part-time job, most of your coworkers are nice, a company phone to use, and a discount on U-Verse.

    Cons

    When I first started working for the company it was great. The goals were challenging, but were attainable (except they expect you to sell 70 dollars worth of accessories to every customer). Then, things just started going down hill. I'm not sure if it is associated with the failure of the T-Mobile merger and loss of 4 billion dollars, but things started getting bad around that time. The goals have increased exponentially. This has lead to rampant unethical behavior. Representatives selling 80 year old people (who only want to use a phone to talk) a smartphone with an expensive data plan. We are encouraged, by higher levels of management, to lie to customers and tell them the insurance is 9.99 per month (its only 6.99) and add a feature that is 3 dollars per month without telling the customer.

    We also have a ridiculous survey system. There is a part called Willing To Recommend. Basically a customer is sent a survey, and part of the survey is about the REP who helped them and another part is about AT&T as a company (WTR). The survey works like this: you must get a 9 or a 10 to get a score. If you get a 7 or 8 you get a 0 and if you get a 6 or below you get a -100. So for example, lets say you have 6 surveys for willing to recommend. 5 people would recommend at&t as a perfect 10 and 1 gives at&t a 5. Your score is 66.67%. You must get a 75% or you get in trouble. So if the person who you helped gives you a perfect 10 on the individual survey and leaves a comment saying how much you helped them, but gives the company a 5 and leaves a comment complaining about high prices then the company makes you responsible for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop encouraging unethical behavior. Lessen the pressure off your employees a little. Stop pursuing a differentiation strategy. You serve over 100 million customers, but you cater to only about 5 % of that customer base with over inflated prices on accessories.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overly Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at AT&T full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally stable company. It's a big name to have on your resume. Provides experience working with very large projects. Management opportunities appear to be abundant. Pay is generous.

    Cons

    IT work is frequently pushed offshore with little regard to quality, creating long-term maintenance difficulties. Immediate tactical cost savings are valued much more than long-term strategic planning. Career advancement is laughable - promotions/progressions are constantly put "on hold" indefinitely. Non-performers are coddled instead of cut. Forced ranking rating system punishes high performing teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw away the red tape. Embrace Agile software development. Treat employees with respect, rewarding those who excel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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