Horry Telephone

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Horry Telephone is a telephone cooperative with country values.

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Current Employee - Information Technology Employee in Myrtle Beach, SC
Current Employee - Information Technology Employee in Myrtle Beach, SC

I have been working at Horry Telephone

Pros

Horry Telephone Cooperative provides exceptional benefits including two retirement programs that match 12 percent for your two percent contribution, Blue Cross insurance with no salary deduction and very low deductibles, a Paid Time Off (PTO) program, FLEX spending accounts, cell phone discount (we are the ATT carrier in the area), local phone discount, and cable TV discount. HTC has a supportive work environment that promotes goodwill among coworkers. HTC is strict about working from 8 am to 5 pm but promotes a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Many employees stay at HTC for 20 years, 30 years or more. For the IT worker HTC is an excellent place to grow. HTC is an early adopter in new technologies (VMWare, Citrix, Fiber, SAN, 10Gig, WiMax) allowing the relatively small IT staff to become deeply immersed.

Cons

Shockingly, HTC still hasn't moved past the grey walls and cubicle farms of the 1980s. The "build it cheap" mentality has resulted in a much higher infrastructure TCO and plays havoc with the mental health of employees. Those who commit 10+ years to the company are promoted to middle management and rewarded with a window to the rural South Carolina landscape--though many windows face a railroad track that runs through the main HTC corporate campus. The daily trains that run coal to the local steam-electric plant shake the very foundation of the HTC campus. HTC is the gloomiest work environment I have ever labored in. Friendly, thoughtful coworkers make up for the drab sterile offices and mind-numbing florescent lights (hey, are skylights too expensive?). HTC pays low IT salaries compared to companies in major metropolitan areas. My job would pay 30 percent more in Raleigh/Durham, for example. But the HTC compensation package is excellent compared to most other companies except perhaps Google.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Paint with color. Install some skylights. Widen the hallways. Get rid of the cubicles -- every salaried employee should have an office with a door. There are employees with 20+ years IT experience, multiple grown kids, and 80k+ salaries working out of tiny grey cubicles. Embarassing.

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7 Other Employee Reviews for Horry Telephone (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Conway, SC
    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Conway, SC

    I have been working at Horry Telephone part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, and it is a pretty diverse company, with people from different backgrounds that now work together. That's encourages a positive environment, and makes coming to work that much easier.

    Cons

    Not many of these to discuss as I haven't been in the company long enough to find these out. Seeing as I haven't been told to beware of things, i'll assume they are vary from person to person.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Operate Services is a joke

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    Former Employee - Operator I
    Former Employee - Operator I

    I worked at Horry Telephone part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly good co-workers and that's about it.

    Cons

    Quite possibly the worst company I have ever had the displeasure of working for. Little to no training which was sporadic when it did actually take place. A pay rate that was absolutely laughable with nickel and dime raises. A supervisor that cared more about gossiping with her clique behind her constantly closed office door even though the HTC employee manual clearly stated an "open door policy" would be enforced at all times. This type of activity by the supervisor also resulted and continues to result in the Operator Services department having the highest turnover rate in the entire company. However, in order to keep themselves within the good graces of the HTC higher-ups, the aforementioned supervisor buys them off with expensive gifts at any opportunity they can think of. All together, horrible company, conceded supervisor, and corrupt management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a real close look at the supervisor's work ethics and extremely high employee turnover rate of the Operator Services department. There's a reason why individuals who were there for upwards of 19 years and chose to quit instead of putting up with the b.s. of this supervisor for one more minute. There is definitely a problem with this department and you know her name...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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