Telect Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Decent Job

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telect

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

    Pros

    Tight knit, family oriented. Chance to take risks and excel

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  2. Helpful (1)

    Should serve as an example of what not to do.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at Telect

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

    Pros

    Worked with some good, knowledgeable, hardworking people.

    Cons

    It is almost pointless to try to list the Pros and Cons of working at a facility that no longer exists, due to a decision made by the CEO. Indeed, it may be pointless to say anything of a company that, on its current path, might not exist for much longer. But allow me to rant anyway. Little thought seems to be put into any decisions, be it moving the main production facility to a building half the size, not venting heat from the powder coat oven in the new building with summer looming or, five years later, abruptly deciding to close that facility with large contracts on the horizon. There were frivolous expenditures on such things as painting quotes on the walls, replacing the time clocks with half as many fancy new ones that never seemed to work as well as the old ones, the shiny new robot that, to my knowledge, is still not in use and, the mother of them all, the"30 Year Ride" in 2012, where the executives went for a month long motorcycle road trip on the company's dime under the guise of drumming up business. While those "in the trenches" MIGHT receive a pittance of a raise every 2-3 years and had to perform miracles with equipment on the verge of failure.

    Advice to Management

    Lose Wayne in favor of someone who has some idea of what they're doing and Telect MIGHT survive.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Telect full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of really great people that work at this company. I made some long lasting relationships while working in Liberty Lake.

    Cons

    Very poor management. Company is slowly dying. Layoffs are a constant worry and there have been at least a dozen layoffs over the last couple of years. CEO is basically clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who can do something with it. You obviously don't have the capability of turning this business around and your employees are suffering from the long term downward trend.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Going, going, going...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Telect

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

    Pros

    Most people are nice and down to earth.

    Cons

    If you want to advance you can only do so if you are a close friend or part of the family. A magazine article CEO thinks the is the "Steve Jobs of the region," no Steve Jobs here. One poor business decision after another like the "Ride for the Brand" campaign.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent company but could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Telect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Great company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, great leadership

    Cons

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


  8. Helpful (4)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Internship gives good experience into a medium-sized company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telect

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Plant closing, layoffs, and bad business decisions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Determine the cost of your decisions before you make them.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Wouldn't recommend as a place to work

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

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

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

    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 Management

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



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