Level 3 Communications

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Level 3 Communications Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
504 Reviews
2.9
504 Reviews
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Level 3 Communications President & CEO Jeff Storey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • workout facility), but from a distance it appeared work/life balance was important (in 29 reviews)

  • The company has good benefits and people are compensated well (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work life balance exists in many Level 3 departments (in 30 reviews)

  • People who advances are only people who are close to the senior management (in 24 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work

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

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    Am a new employee for Level 3 and so far there has been a lot of training and information provided to help me becoming not only very familiar with company policies but also on job training.

    Cons

    Very impressed with the high level of training and work culture in the company everybody that I have work with has a positive attitude and are willing to help in any way they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has a very strong management team starting from the CEO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Losing their way

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

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    People, network, compensation, senior leadership's vision. Extremely open with customers and employees. Prior to tw telecom acquisition they cared for the employees.

    Cons

    They purchased tw telecom and it seems it was the other way around as tw telecom management is replacing seasoned and high performing Level 3 Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Your great culture and employee confidence is eroding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is a good place for someone very technical

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

    I worked at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    Good technology company
    Can maintain good work life balance
    job stress is less, typical 9 to 5 hours company

    Cons

    Lot of politics involved in terms of promotions, salaries
    Less opportunity to grow up in the ladder

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very fast paste environment and not managed well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Network Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Network Technician in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    The people are nice to work with

    Cons

    Getting a task accomplished without interruptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must take time to look at the best procedure before reacting to situations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Large telecom with lots of opportunity if you're willing to put in the extra hours and navigate the politics.

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

    I worked at Level 3 Communications

    Pros

    Beautiful location and great benefits.

    Cons

    Barriers are politics and red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time developing internal talent rather than hiring consultants.

    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    We'll Give You Your Telecom Good and Hard

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

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company is temporarily off the brink of perpetual collapse and bankruptcy
    If making a bigger footprint is your primary goal, they've made good M&A decisions
    A lot of options for sales
    Lots of talent and smart people trying to solve big problems
    Great campus in a great spot
    Pretty solid comp and benefits

    Cons

    Not innovative and not creative
    Not looking for people who will challenge the status quo
    Feels like you are perpetually on a hamster treadmill
    No integration is ever completed, resulting in deeply complex and ruinous processes
    Death by never ending meetings about meetings to schedule meetings
    Has their eye on more network and that's all
    No ability to perceive the other reasons why people want to work outside of their paycheck - which will attract mediocre employees who work just hard enough to get the paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is clear the C suite is not all on the same page. It is also clear the C's clear the bench periodically when someone is not nodding agreement and rocking the boat. This then trickles down to mid-level managers who grasp at straws to justify their organization. Then it trickles to employees who are in an episode of the office. If you want to amount to anything more than adding building counts to a messy portfolio in a messy inventory, try something new. You cannot buy your way into a strong culture. It starts with your leadership, and a lack of continuity or replacing giving trees with actual culture that is seen and heard, will never substitute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Careful before being hired

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked for tw telecom. They were great.

    Cons

    Level 3 merged and then things went down hill. They micromanage. Watch when you arrive and leave. They have high quotas and if you don't perform, you're let go. They have a high turnover rate. The employees are cut throat which brings competition among co-workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Global Telecom without all the headaches associated with Fortune 30 US Big Telcos, dynamic, growing, talented people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture, nimble, dramatic growth, powerful tools - surround yourself with great people , join Level 3

    Cons

    Consecutive quarter over quarter growth has been difficult on the factory, a great problem to have - service is valued, and in high demand, build it and customers will beat down the doors to do business with you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company and disruptive player in the industry. Forwarding thinking company and at the forefront of industry technology.
    Great benefits, talented employees, very competitive pay, remote work for some depts many opportunities now and ahead as the company just purchased TW Telecom. Leadership is very strong and client and employee focused.

    Cons

    Training. Onboarding wasn't smooth and was somewhat UNstructured. Seems the company shifted resources away from this important dept.systems integration hasn't come full circle since 3-4 acquired companies ago and the recent acquisition loses more challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devote the needed resources to fully integrate systems, learn from the global crossing integration mistakes. Strengthen the execution/delivery component. Decision makers at big companies talk to one another..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Level 3 Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smaller Company, benefits, experience, and hours

    Cons

    May be not as busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Direction is key

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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