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AT&T Senior Network Engineer Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall L. Stephenson
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Pros
  • I love the job great pay and benefits (in 759 reviews)

  • Great benefits along with a flexible work life balance makes this a great job for someone who is both a student and employee (in 418 reviews)

Cons
  • little work life balance opportunity (in 903 reviews)

  • No Work Life Balance you'll trade time for (in 259 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "AT&T is A-Chang'in"

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AT&T full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I think the AT&T tries to pay you what you are worth. If you are modest or not a good salary negotiator, you will still get raises. As the company transforms itself to a software company, they have finally made technical training available to employees. Before that, I always had to find ways of training myself in order to keep up with technology.

    Cons

    The work is often stressful. During the 3G and LTE coverage races, employees were often exceedingly high workloads. My group was often understaffed. In the last 5 of the the 15 yrs that I was at AT&T (mobility) an emphasis was put on cost cutting, and cycle time reduction. We had to write SMART goals that would be reviewed in our A&D meeting with our supervisor. These goals had to include cost saving and cycle time reduction metrics. As an engineer, I did not always feel like I had control of these aspects of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an adequate number of employees for the job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AT&T"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist - Network Planning Engineer - COLD Planner in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist - Network Planning Engineer - COLD Planner in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AT&T (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, discounts on services, 401k package

    Cons

    don't appreciate long term employees, not based on performance or rating and ranking, but on popularity and likability.

    Advice to Management

    People are there to do work and not win a popularity contest. Because a woman is assertive does not make her difficult to work with. It is definitely a man's world and company regardless of what they try to project as their image.


  3. "Sr Cisco Network Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Cisco Network Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Cisco Network Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AT&T (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Global and new technologies implementation

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up the latter to management positions

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your human capital


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  5. "Tough but fair"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent company to work for, with a very heavy workload in the data networks departments that deal directly with clients and their supporting data networks.

    Cons

    Extreme high expectations for internal learning that goes way above and beyond any normal 50 or more hour work week. Meaning that corp manager expect that the technicians will do at least 120 hours per year of internal training on their own time. This is a great drawback to any expected family time.

    Advice to Management

    Every few years corporate managers change along with corporate direction towards public image. Right now AT&T is focusing on internal training to an extreme and in a few years will revert back to focusing on family and community.


  6. "Senior Network Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Design Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Network Design Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AT&T (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and company discounts

    Cons

    My position is being offshored


  7. "Working at AT&T"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Design Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Design Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AT&T full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good company to work at if you need a work/life balance. 401k is great.

    Cons

    Turbulent times with layoffs. I would not work here until after 2020.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Leadership needs to groom/mentor their supervising managers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Product Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AT&T full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Great products. Massive training opportunities. Never a dull day.

    Cons

    12 hour job. Senior leaders clueless to the actual work flow and needs of the business. No upward movement. Full time focus just to stay employed. Work force diluted with contract employees with extremely poor communications skills.

    Advice to Management

    Your teams succeed in spite of your leadership not because of your leadership. You will not know the quality of human resources you had until you loose it to your competetiors.


  9. "AT&T"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Design Engineer in Canton, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Network Design Engineer in Canton, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AT&T full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, annual bonus and great pay.

    Cons

    Company is sometimes too big to see the needs of the individual.


  10. "Decent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer/Senior Technical Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer/Senior Technical Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AT&T full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting was probably the best overall thing from a quality of life perspective, but when it came down to learning new things, it was the place to be. It was technically challenging, but also a lot of fun if you're in the right department. This was probably the only company I looked forward to going into the office on a daily basis

    Cons

    The merge between Bellsouth/Cingular/AT&T was probably the most painful and I felt like it took the brand of Cingular and made it spiral down into a negative light.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to groom the intelligent Engineers who want to be there and weed out the slackers. Bring talent in at higher salary levels, otherwise you'll end up failing in the long run.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Doesn't Value Loyal Work-Smart Employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Planning Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Network Planning Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AT&T full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can be the best worker bee possible in this work environment. However when they get tire of you or you began to make more than they think you should, you will be let go. No loyalty at all here.

    Cons

    If you are looking to be a puppet and do exactly as your manager or direct supervisor tells you without questioning them then this is the place for you. You can have a long career with no growth in pay and very little opportunity to be promoted unless someone takes a liking to you outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    You may get to 1st line management and maybe a little higher if you get the right person as a supervisor. It is not what you know here. It is definitely who you know that gets you to the next level.