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AT&T Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall L. Stephenson
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits/vacation time (in 740 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 413 reviews)

Cons
  • little work life balance opportunity (in 893 reviews)

  • No Work Life Balance you'll trade time for (in 256 reviews)

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  1. "AT&T is Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at AT&T as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    AT&T has a Good Exposure

    Cons

    AT&T has Less Holidays annually.


  2. "OK, but just OK."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's probably an OK place to start, but I don't recommend staying here too long. Dental benefits seem to be above average (if you are willing to pay extra for that). Other benefits are slightly below par.

    Cons

    Raises are terrible.range 2-3% over a period of years. Morale is terrible. They used to have a defined benefit pension plan, but they did away with that. I think the only reason a lot of the old timers stay is because they got in on that before it was done away with.

    Advice to Management

    Hire Americans. Better 401K matching. Pay market wages instead of H1B wages. This company tends to hire the cheapest possible labor it can find, and in a lot of cases, it shows. The amount of corporate email spam is very high. We should have a charge code just for going through it.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "rating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AT&T (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing good about working at At&t

    Cons

    Non technical managers control the company who just want slaves


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  5. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people good place to work

    Cons

    Hard to cooperate. Big team. Spread out across the nation


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review of AT&T"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AT&T full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to choose your own way of working, Employee centric company

    Cons

    No much growth and same routine work

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring newer technologies


  7. "Awesome Firm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Cutting edge technologies, Room to grow both technically & with project management skills.

    Cons

    Nothing much aside from a few tight deadlines mismanaged.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your Engineering teams

    AT&T Response

    Aug 12, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your honesty and will ensure your feedback is heard.


  8. "Best place I've worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is very accommodating and willing to allow workers to go on "overhead" for a few months while finding a contract that suits them. Pay is good, bonuses are good (lumped in with Business group). Treat holders of security clearances VERY well. Some opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Training opportunities are obvious at the whim of budget and usually only approved if applicable to current contract. Hard to get training to open future opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with training, look toward future opportunities for worker training instead of just what will help with current contracts.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, management out-of-touch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, hard-working, fun-loving people. High team spirit. Flexible hours and work-from-home policy. Good compensation for contractors.
    (Keep in mind this is one division of many, so your mileage may vary significantly in a different group or division)

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch with what it takes to run a software development organization. Forever changing priorities waste tons of money on developing poorly thought-out features that are often scrapped in favor of new ones. Conflicts between one side of the company whose bonuses depend on trimming costs, and the other side whose bonuses depend on delivering features, leads to staffing snafus.

    Company periodically gets on an Outsourcing kick, which ends up dropping code quality and maintainability through the floor. Ultimately the project has to be scrapped and rebuilt. I've been through this cycle three times and ultimately management decides that outsourcing was a terrible idea and say they'll never do it again. But then new management comes in and they do the whole thing all over... Sad, really.

    Advice to Management

    I know you have to adapt to changing marketplace conditions, but don't let company product priorities be affected by political squabbles leading to wasting millions of dollars in development time and effort. Realize that you get what you pay for and don't kill projects by outsourcing them.


  10. "About as agile as a boulder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AT&T as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well, and at least my managers don't push people to work overtime.

    Cons

    There's very little teamwork, and while the management preaches agility, they don't actually support it. The product owners aren't particularly engaged with the development process, and the company doesn't even have free coffee for its employees.
    Innovation is a thing long past here.


  11. "A great place for self motivators to work autonomously to get results"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages, bonuses and benifits in a strong company which has grown through the entire downturn in our economy. As secure as a career can be these days.

    Cons

    Much money and talent is wasted by the political filter between the top executives and the front line employees. Policy drive by the purse holders and mid level politics keeps the executive level from seeing the massive loss caused by front line churn and loss of brain trust as inovators and motivators are sluffed off by blank comments about cost.

    Advice to Management

    Executive level managment needs to visit, interview, and get to know the front line on a regular basis. They can then see, where the real value in the company lies. Much is said about this at higher levels, but little of it is seen on the front row.