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AT&T Senior Systems Engineer Reviews

Updated September 28, 2018
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  • "Poor work life balance if you have a family due to American working hours" (in 1134 reviews)

  • "Long hours and absolutely NO WORK LIFE BALANCE" (in 333 reviews)

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  1. "it project manager - business systems analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AT&T as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting complex business problems to solve.
    Great teamwork environment
    Good Pay, but lots of hours

    Cons

    Lots of hours over 40 per week

    Advice to Management

    Pay overtime to contractors!!!


  2. "A Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bedminster, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Bedminster, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is generally good. Benefits are good, though the 401k match could be better.

    Cons

    Management has an anti-telecommuting bias, strange for a company that used to tout the concept.

    Constant reorgs, often done arbitrarily and sometimes reversed a year later.

    Multiple layoffs per year, with no end in sight

    A constantly changing long term strategy; one year its a telecom company, the next year its a software company, now its an entertainment company. Reacting to changing environments is admirable, but when your 5 year plan changes annually, it seems like someone isn't planning properly.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management seems to have forgotten that its employees are what made the company great, and, instead, seem to have become complete slaves to Wall Street. The short term fixes are going to create long term issues.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Deteriorating conditions, might have to call 911 soon"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay, diversity, work life balance

    Cons

    lack of progress, rampant outsourcing, bean counter dictators

    Advice to Management

    If you have just peanuts to offer - all you are going to get is monkeys.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Cast us out like yesterday's news"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and working conditions

    Cons

    They threw out many years of experience like day-old trash because they think people over 40 aren't useful anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you love soul sucking processes."

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits are competitive, perhaps slightly better than average.
    -Company is trying new things to become relevant to younger workers.
    -Work from home flexibility.
    -They just ditched stacked ranking.
    -Lots of jobs here. If you don't like what you're doing, you can move around.

    Cons

    -Company is heavily silo'd. Your request for anything will take weeks.
    -Teams are not collaborative but are territorial instead. Everything is a threat.
    -Legacy ATT teams aren't innovative. All they think about is protecting turf.
    -Work is slowed down to the bare minimum. No one is thinking about doing anything efficiently since it would be a potential threat.
    -VM requests take 6 months to turn around.
    -Service accounts in Active Directory take a few weeks to process.
    -Management is letting all this madness happen.
    -The best ideas don't make it. What survives are ideas that keep jobs and let's everyone clock their 40.
    -Too many old people here. Something like 100,000 people here are at retirement age right now. Lots of old ideas, old ways of doing things. Gimmie a break.
    -Likes to say they have collaboration zones in many cities but all the great engineering devops jobs are in either Dallas/L.A./New Jersey for some reason. Maybe they like paying higher salaries?
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    -Too many others to list.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the silos. Stop the lazy union style of working. Start collaborating. Start trusting one another. Start realizing that your greatest success lies within the success of others.


  6. "Great Company, but big business can be a drawback"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits such as product concession, good opportunity for advancement. Excellent support from direct leadership. Good education/training opportunities.

    Cons

    Employee surplus seems to occur frequently (almost annually over the past few years)

    Advice to Management

    Company should ensure to value employee talent and contributions over contractors. Too many times have I seen valuable employees surplussed when contractors are maintained.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No loyalty to employees"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to try try other fields through out AT&T
    Deep Pockets
    Benefits are okay nothing special
    El Segundo facility is nice, inherited from DIRECTV

    Cons

    Lack of passion
    Senior Management are robots
    Don't care about the employee unless your a Director and above
    Does not spend on employees for valuable training
    HR is blind regrading VP's
    AT&T culture is poor and ruined DIRECTV culture

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more support for employees that are not Directors or above. Really care for the employee and not look at them as a payroll number. Growth is the key and AT&T is loosing valuable people. Care about the technology and not just do it to be marketable.

  8. "ERG Conference"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm inspired every day to do my best and not be afraid to fail from Co-workers too Leadership.

    Cons

    Everyone is not on the same page about training

    Advice to Management

    Keep on pushing us to do our best


  9. "My career at ATT"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Paramus, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits. very good work environment

    Cons

    always working even hard night hours

    Advice to Management

    hire more people


  10. "Systems Engineering of Communications Systems"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Middletown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    AT&T provides excellent working conditions, both offices and labs, great interaction with fellow employees, generous benefits and rewarding job opportunities

    Cons

    There are not many cons. Better and more convenient food services in EACH building of the five building complex would be most welcome.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good if upper management would meet more frequently with working level employees to outline their expectations of them and apprise management about what they are currently working on.