Telect Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telect full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, great leadership

    Cons

    Business is tied too closely to one major Telecom company, thus there is high volatility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Decent company but could be better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Telect

    Pros

    Overall tech savvy company, the CEO is an Apple product fan and a down to earth guy (along with his family). People are nice, HR puts on activities for employees. Generally good work/life balance, never an issue on taking vacation/sick time and flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Employee development is lacking, they tend to hire externally instead of developing talent they already have. High employee turn-over ratio, people walk in and out of this place-overall they lack in employee retention and motivation. Upper management is awful in communication, feels cliquey between departments. There's a lot of hype towards something and then it just dies off without following through to the end. Company size has shrunk dramatically after closing two manufacturing plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation for employees, offer true growth opportunity and people will stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Internship gives good experience into a medium-sized company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telect

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, cares about employees, very welcoming, low learning curve, pays well. Interview process is fair and they take time in reviewing all aspects of the resume.

    Cons

    There is not enough things for everyone to do. It takes awhile to gain trust of upper management and you have to go through multiple people to talk to someone important. They need to work on upgrading technology around the office.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    The CEO and his kids are running the company into the ground.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Spokane, WA

    I worked at Telect full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really good people at Telect and the pay is mediocre. I enjoyed working there prior to being laid off.

    Cons

    Telect has literally had over a dozen layoffs in the last 7-8 years. It seems to be the way they dispatch with people they no longer need. The recent Plano closure came allegedly with no severance even for long term employees. 401k benefits and perks are very inadequate. No new products that have had success in the last decade. Management focuses on idiotic marketing campaigns like riding motorcycles rather than real new product ventures. The CEO is basically a clown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone who has experience and can make this thing grow again rather than passing it off to your very incapable and mediocre children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Plant closing, layoffs, and bad business decisions

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Telect full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The team in Plano were great to work with and a great asset to the company. Benefits were middle of the road but decent considering the size of the company.

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not properly determine the total costs of decisions before they make them. Some examples of this include: moving fiber line production from WA to TX, then back again less than one year later, and the closure of Plano facility resulting in offloading of all metals production to suppliers with a history of not being able to meet customer quality standards. The decisions being made, combined with the layoffs happening at corporate signal to me that Telect will not be around much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine the cost of your decisions before you make them.

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

    Wouldn't recommend as a place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telect full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people ("rank & file) and the original founders are wonderful, caring compassionate people. That's the only reason I can think of why people stay.

    Cons

    CEO lacks even the most basic self-awareness. Very weak leadership across the board. Living embodiment of vision w/o execution is an hallucination. Lots of hallucinating going on everyday. Family and close friends are treated very well in terms of promotions and salary. The remainder of employees haven't seen a salary increase in nine years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be a waste of time. Their arrogance tells them they are always right and are in no need of advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Mood of the coorporation changes quarterly

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Plano, TX

    I worked at Telect full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The best assets are the people, the rank and file, they supported each other.
    Average benefits, not the best, not the worst.

    Cons

    Laid off twice in 1 year, constant change of plans by management, slow to make decisions at times, then drastic decisions are made on a whim; seemingly without any vision.
    Case in point, the Plano facility is expected to close operations in the first quarter of 2015. Production is in process of being subcontracted to a shop in Spokane, WA. The decision was made, commitments with the new supplier signed,etc, but no economic impact was done before making the decision.
    The cost of shutting down operations will be much higher than expected, quality will suffer, contracts will be cancelled, revenue will slow down, if not die.
    Telect, once a great company, destined to the dust bin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What are you thinking??? There is no solid business plan, only short term plans are put in place. Well, they pretend to put long term plans in place, only to change direction every 3-6 months without really waiting to see the results.
    Moving manufacturing to WA will be a disaster. Telect will be gone very soon!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telect

    Pros

    Fast paced technology infrastructure company. Volatile as company sales can rely heavily on trends in the cellular investment market. Great work/life balance - family matters.

    Cons

    Leadership at the executive level is great - but it does not always feel like it is hands on at the entry level. Engagement across departments is not always present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaging towards personal growth of employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Internship was interesting,,

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    Current Intern - Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Intern - Engineer in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Telect as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern the pay was pretty good. Due to the fact that it was a small company, you get a chance to work on a variety of things and get your hands dirty. The also pay for you to attend 2 Solidworks Courses free and still get payed for a normal work day!

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Plant manager wasn't very friendly. The projects that my assigned sometimes seemed pointless. Overall the good out weighed the bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Much work needed to move forward to 2013.

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    Former Contractor - Temp Worker in Spokane Valley, WA
    Former Contractor - Temp Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

    I worked at Telect as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is an entrepreneurial spirit that drives this company. It can be exciting at times, and there are some people that keep the focus going. Many people kick can every day and are genuine good people. Things can move up with some focus on what is really important.

    Cons

    The leadership in some areas lacks focus, there is hectic times that people put themselves out and give it all only to be smacked back for it. Although there is some open invitations to contribute, overall it depends on who you are and who you know. Communication is at a standstill and the "start up" that was spun off was more like a whirlwind with no direction.

    There is no recognition for real work, no chance to advance, no place to learn and no leadership in the "start up". There is also some favorite playing and from what I saw others were blackballed that worked harder than anyone else. You are not appreciated for your skills, experience or knowledge...you are appreciated for working with someone that works there or if you know someone..or if you can manage to talk most of the day or make sarcastic, often inappropriate remarks to your workers and associates.

    Temps train temps, train temps at the "start up" with no real direction given by management or supervisors. It is an "it is what it is" environment that has a broken leadership with few employees that feel ownership of any issues or are corrected for inappropriate behavior.

    IMPORTANT: Safety is not taken seriously!!

    But hey, if you know someone that works there...and know nothing about the actual environment, you have a great chance to get paid well, advance, and not have to work too hard for it. Double down if you are male.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the trenches...look at what your people are really doing and who is holding things together when the going gets tough. Don't manage by novel, manage by seeing where your people fit, from dock workers to management. Visit your sites and really watch what is going on physically and not socially.

    It's like a well oiled football team where your wide receiver can do his job to the 9's and then come in and play defensive back when you need it. People will step up if you let them, but some of them are being shackled and made silent by the remarks being made to them (some of them could be construed as grounds for grievance).

    Work on your safety plan, things are not getting reported.

    Pay people what they are worth and when they prove they care, otherwise they quit caring and you lose the good employees.

    Lastly, work on communication without looking to a quick fix. I had a CEO that said you should have management listen from the bottom up,.....because those at the bottom have ideas and thoughts too. Like whether your management needs some guidance and correction.

    Success of a company is never achieved in singularity....the recipe for success blends pieces of everyone and incorporates them all in a way that raises everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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