Manitoba Telecom Services Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Manitoba Telecom Services CEO, Manitoba Telecom Services and MTS Allstream and Director Pierre J. Blouin
Pierre J. Blouin
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  1. Tech Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Average salary, flexible work and life. great benefits, better chances to make career and ample of opportunity

    Cons

    Less on the job training , too much seniority based environment

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  2. Not good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Tech Field in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tech Field in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work.

    Cons

    Board of directors still gives bonuses to senior executives based on how well the shares are doing. Usual 'you are important' and 'work harder' and 'new initiative from management' drivel has lead to record low morale. Tired of the 'cut jobs again' and 'do more with less' emails from senior executives.

    Advice to Management

    Other than the 'Yes' men you surround yourselves with, no one believes in your policies or initiatives. Hello??? Anyone can cut jobs and cut spending to temporarily raise the stock value. It's all been done before by your greedy predecessors. What kind of a technologies company lays off or cuts their technical staff first? The brain-drain at MTS is unbelievable. Training is non-existent, yet overpaid and overstaffed management remains untouched. It takes real initiative and creativity to turn a company around. How about it...


  3. Helpful (1)

    Wake-up!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much. It's a Manitoba company? Longevity? Nice building on the corner of Portage and Main? This company needs a major shake up at the top or it will continue to stagnate.

    Cons

    Shuffles front line managers around like monkeys in a barrel; allows same to rise above their capacity, which ultimately hurts the organization and its employees. Doesn't have a real telecommute policy, wants "bums in seats", limited flexibility, no real employee incentives, pay is average unless you are a director or above, doesn't really value employees, gives a lot of lip with minimal follow through. New CEO is babbling the same old spin the only thing that is different is the branding - he wants to be edgy I guess.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the organization and carefully consider who you promote. There are too many people in positions that have far exceeded their capacity. you can't just dump names in a hat, shake them around and then play guess what group you get to manage! It doesn't work!! Oh, and talent doesn't just hover at the top folks - stop undermining the real talent that runs the business with silly and outdated policy decisions!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    my time at Allstream

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside/Outside Sales Representative in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside/Outside Sales Representative in Pickering, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I really wish that I would be able to say that there was any.

    Cons

    got a target income of $65K with a 70/30 and on a whim changed it to a 60/40 so my base wanted from what I was promised and the reason I took the position to about $6K less.


  6. Market Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manitoba Telecom Services

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, pension, general work/life balance.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow moving, not challenged enough


  7. Mts. is fairly progressive and appreciate true leadership capabilities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, compensation, and company culture make mts a good place to work

    Cons

    Being a larger company their can tend to be more beauracracy

    Advice to Management

    Look to include employees in decisionakinh


  8. Satified

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Manitoba Telecom Services

    Pros

    Good working conditions and also management seems fine.

    Cons

    Real not anything. I would have stayed for more years if I could


  9. Helpful (2)

    Terrible place if you are looking for equal opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Famous “Friendly Manitobans” where ever you go in the company. Great people to call coworkers. TEAM is a very good Union which will not give up the fight for fair treatment, collective agreements and ... Fortunately, TEAM (over many fights with the company) has mastered in its ways and has high sensitivity for slightest misdeed (by MTS) and will defend employees to a great extent.

    Cons

    This place is a Boys club. Everyone higher up is a “Player” and if you are not a good player, you don’t move up. Proportion/percentage of Ethnic, Female and colored people in management positions are undeniably obvious. And higher up you go the worst it gets. MTS will stop at nothing in order to drive up the shares and make itself look profitable. I am talking about multiple human rights violations, unreasonable terminations, creative and old-school dirty tricks to move people around and get rid of them. I could go on and on but I guess you get the idea, don't waste your precious time and life with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people who collectively make up MTS. Empathy for employees and quality of their lives outweighs your focus on $$$. You are responsible for the ill working environment present and it will not get better until you change your management style and decision making processes. The Gender, race, color and ethnicity of your executive team and higher up management speaks aloud of your mentality. A good start? Start consulting with TEAM Union


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for but experiencing a large amount of change management issues currently (2014-2015).

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable work environment, company trying hard to reverse very long-standing attitude of employee entitlment and to level the silos and playing field for younger incoming staff by changing this with the older staff who are mid-career and those who are near to retirement. Training is mostly on the job or on-line now. Leadership is mixed, good at the top but doesn't always get implemented by mid-mgmt who are set in their ways a little - many people trying tho'.

    Cons

    Still a lack of recognition of female employees to rise up to more mid-mgmt and Director-level jobs (endemic in telecom) - slowly changing but the pace is glacial. Compensation is OK but the company is dragged down in its results by the Allstream purchase of 2004 and its inability to sell Allstream to others (last bid was cancelled by the Fed Govt in 2013 - due to national security concerns possibly over some Chinese involvement with the Egyptian-based potential buyer - this was a blow to MTS who as the original company would be better off going back to the original state - no knock on the Allstream staff, etc. but the acquisition of that company in 2004 was not the right fit).

    Advice to Management

    MTS employees understand management's struggle with the results and the local competition. However, the current (will likely last til end of 2016) freeze on hiring replacements for the next 3 years worth of retirees (numbers growing steadily) is an action that is stressing out employees who are both overworked now and also experiencing change management due to some necessary restructuring to stay current with the business & market. A breaking-point will come and hopefully management realizes this before it effects the results.


  11. This job would be great, if it weren't for the customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Manitoba Telecom Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, as long as you get into a good dealership.

    Cons

    Customers can be very high maintenance and unfriendly. Wreck it Ralph put it best: "It's hard to enjoy your job, when no one seems to like you for doing it"



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