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Level 3 Communications Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
469 Reviews

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Level 3 Communications President & CEO Jeff Storey
Jeff Storey
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Pros
  • workout facility), but from a distance it appeared work/life balance was important (in 26 reviews)

  • The company has good benefits and people are compensated well (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work life balance exists in many Level 3 departments (in 26 reviews)

  • People who advances are only people who are close to the senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but with opportunities for great compensation. Outlook improving for the first time in many years,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work, good total compensation. Business outlook is improving and after many years of failed strategy the new CEO is making the right strategic calls.

    Cons

    M&A induced complexity. Short term mentality at senior executive level. Insane buyout of former CEO is depressing to folks that have gone years without compensation increases. The annual review process that forces someone in every group to take a bullet even if undeserved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the plan, grow organically, and follow through without getting distracted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enormous company with little accountability for performance

    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    employees are well taken care of

    Cons

    ridiculous bureaucracy, hard to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    axe half the legal and marketing departments, figure out appropriate cost allocation

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Health insurance even though it cost more then average, if you can't manage yourself you will have many that will manage you, 80 dollars a month for parking no exception, If you can work here you can work anywhere.

    Cons

    Doesn't have any idea how to run a fortune 500. A lot of affairs within the company. Everyone is a Manager. I currently have 5 people that call themselves my manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to list

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

    A roller coaster ride

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    Former Employee - Operations  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Operations in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Level 3 employs extremely talented employees, operates a widely used large fiber optic network and internet backbone, and provides valuable services to customers.

    Cons

    Level 3 allows fiefdoms to exist, is unable to create streamlined, end to end processes due to the empire builders, and is incapable of integrating aquired company's people, processes and systems effectively. No such thing as work life balance exists in many Level 3 departments. Performance Management needs to be overhauled since its real impact is to demotivate employees rather than improve performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management would be well advised to get in touch with day to day operations by taking off their blinders; there is a big disconnect between what they believe is happening and what is actually taking place. Listen to the managers and directors who know how to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tenuous environment, silo mngt, intelligent people, good salary, overly analytical operating style

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    benefits, salary, assets, brand, technical resources, talented bright employees that are under too much pressure.

    Cons

    intense pressure, silo mngt style, operational chaos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to basic fundamentals, quit over analyzing and make decisions on direction and execute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, disfunctional senior management

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, most dedicated people I have ever worked with. The level of commitment is extraordinary. The facilities are good. I believe Jeff Storey really knows how to run a company this size, so perhaps there is hope.

    Cons

    Senior management cannot keep focus for more than a quarter. Long term projects are doomed to failure. There is a lack of understanding that real transformation takes involvement from all parts of the company, and commitment from the top. The number vice presidents (190 for 10,000 employees) leads to turf wars and endless rounds of briefing people so they are "included". Add to this some C-level people who do not really know how to do their job.

    Further, the middle management is not well trained. Many, if not most, were promoted from individual contributors with minimal training. Most get three days of mandatory training upon being promoted, then the same training again every year or two. A certain set of managers and directors do work on their own to learn their craft, and you can tell who they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need about 20 VPs. Train your middle managers. Set a corporate agenda and don't change it every quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    a Company with a great possibilities and a short attention span.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Pays well, on site gym, nice campus, Many caring and wonderful people

    Cons

    Huge debt causes short attention span, never finish one thing before you go to the next. This often results in redoing things later

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less desperate. Open opportunities to people from all of the companies, not just your old cronies from OK.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Good Career opportunities for its employees

    Cons

    Work life balance is a struggle at times. Aggressive Project timelines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst II  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst II in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    -Great team managers
    -Great benefits
    -Good work/life balance

    Cons

    -Frustration from many systems not consolidated in past acquisitions
    -Doing anything outside of your team is like dealing with bureaucracy
    -Little opportunity for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focus on profitability, flatter organization, and systems integrations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst place I have ever worked.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    They have large salaries and good benefits.

    Cons

    - Very clicky. If you are not part of the good old boy regime that is the drivers seat at that specific point in time, then forget about moving ahead. Fact.
    - It does not matter if you speak six languages and you are a triple phd, they will lay you off to achieve capex goals. Fact. So don't look for any loyalty or reward for performance above and beyond.
    - While they try to figure out how to integrate all the various companies that are merged into Level 3, the answer is to lay good people off instead of trying to figure out who has skills that can be used in various locations around the US. Fact.
    - Performance Evaluations are a joke. They force management to use ratings of Fails to meet, Meets, or Exceeds; and then mgmnt is forced to put a percentage of employees in the Fails to meet category, even if people are doing a good job. Fact. Nothing creates demotivation like this horrible performance review system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and retain true leaders that inspire people and that have integrity and experience at leading people, not yes-men that have run the company and prior companies into the ground. Reward innovation and performance, stop keeping dishonest people that are stealing from the company and making it impossible for people to do their jobs. Entrust people to do their jobs and empower them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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