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It's as bad as you've heard it is!

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Broomfield, CO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

I worked at Level 3 Communications

Pros

Network engineering seemed at least competent. Fiber network is an asset. Salary was OK; not great, and not "market leading," but OK.

Cons

Management, MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT!! Have less of a clue about leadership than anywhere else I've worked.

Layers of management seem to be isolated from each other. No downwards, or upwards, communications -- sad given that word, the C word, is in the company name!

Internal infighting is simply UNBELIEVABLE -- each group seems to think if they win, then that is what matters -- have ZERO clue if all you do is fight each other, then EVERYBODY looses, and the competition wins!

Performance management system based on forced distribution -- certain percentage of employees have to be ranked as bad performers. Utterly demotivating!

Level 3 think Content is about carrying HD video broadcasts. They think they compete against Akamai, but are completely clueless about any of what makes Akamai successful.

In general don't seem to have a friggin clue what business they are in. WAY too much telecom mentality, but they are not a carrier!

Imagine the Titanic with one end out of the water, at about a 15 degree angle --- you know what comes next!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sell the fiber network to somebody, and fold up the tent entirely! The current upper management is incapable; they ought to retire and be done with it.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Highly bureaucratic Unstable work environment

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with some talented people
    Compensation is good, but bonus structure seemed arbitrary
    nice offices
    good benefits

    Cons

    The most political place I've ever worked
    Very much the old boys network
    performance is judged by how much your bosses like you and not what you actually accomplish
    Can be a grueling work environment
    Everyone is at least a director

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to shake things up at the highest levels in the company. Some guys seem to have been there since the beginning...new blood required

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

    great asset potential, heading downhill

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    Great pay scale, great network assets, great facility

    Cons

    Inability to figure out a strategy that will increase revenue. The result is continuous change in directions, instability, layoffs, org change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAD: Don't manage. Review pricing strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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