Telephone & Data Systems

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Telephone & Data Systems Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
11 Reviews
3.6
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid and fair company.

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

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems

    Pros

    I enjoy the work/life balance and the chance to work from home. I like the predictability and stability of the organization as a whole.

    Cons

    An IT Support Technician supports 100+ applications across the Enterprise including US Cellular however concerning our salary review we're labeled as a typical ticket jockey from Joe Schmo Co. opening and routing tickets. I think that Mr. Gantner should come sit with one of our analysts for a few days and get his doors blown off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compare these support roles to other support roles in this organization. When a business analyst is supporting one specific function of SAP with minor project work, they are making significantly more money. There are several current business analysts that are former Technicians, ask them what they think of the wage paid to Technicians based off the span of knowledge needed to support the Enterprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid employer with opportunity for those who want to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The compensation is competitive and high performers are rewarded. Also, there has been opportunity to learn new skills.

    Cons

    The work-life balance has tipped more towards work in the past couple years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Meh

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

    I worked at Telephone & Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good, family friendly environment with decent job stability, but...

    Cons

    ...company is run as a family owned entity (one family controls the equity), not a lot of room for advancement, and it's not a very efficiently run company (lots of process, procedure, politics, and overlap of duties)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A company in the midst of reinventing themselves

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

    I worked at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance; good people (staff) and decent culture; great benefits and fair and competitive pay

    Cons

    Senior leadership inconsistent and frequently out of touch; company is trying very hard to reinvent itself in this competitive area and has a ways to go - if you can make it through the ride to the other side it could be rewarding; often challenging to bring in new ideas and technologies - frequently mired in the day to day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Basis Administrator in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - SAP Basis Administrator in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great emphasis on eduction and learning

    Cons

    lot going on, there is not much to say. Very friendly work environment. Love to come to work and leave with a peace of mind and accomplishment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    People oriented company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Solutions Analyst in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - IT Solutions Analyst in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very high tech company working that is customer focus.

    Cons

    Competition in the telecommunications industry has resulted in yearly staffing reductions over the past 5 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Conservative telco

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

    I worked at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary structure; most jobs are in Chicago, Madison

    Cons

    A little stale with methodologies, culture and environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    15 yrs of service, time to move on

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

    I worked at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people and benefits. A lot of upfront training which is good depending on the business unit you work in.

    Cons

    limited growth opportunity. middle management in various technical dept has what seems to be a purpose of making things more complicated then they really are or need to be. a lot of time seems spent on reasons not to do something instead of reasons to do something. very political structure and too conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many people in management positions who don't know what they are doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Generally good, but beware of HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people there are good people that want to see you grow. The culture, the old culture that is hanging on, is a good one. People work hard and you are rewarded for your work.

    Cons

    Beware of HR. They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy and have a very bad reputation in the organization, but they'll never learn about it because they don't want to know and the rule by fear. Personally, I've tested my HR rep by giving them confidential information and my leader knew what I'd told them within 2 days - twice this has happened. They also like to make threats and accusations that are completely unfounded - I've seen this happen to a number of people - usually to anyone that questions them or pushes back. They decide they don't like them and they start working to get them out. I'm not sure if it they are even aware. . . . Be particularly careful of the ER and CP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Survey the employees and try to see what they actually think of HR and leardership. The employee survey isn't doing it.

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

    It's been a mostly positive experience at an interesting company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Telephone & Data Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership at the top.
    Conservative spending set the company up well for the recession.

    Cons

    Work-life balance has suffered over the past couple years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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