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Granite Telecommunications Reviews

Updated Jan 6, 2020

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3.2
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Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale Jr. (no image)
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391 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "not great"

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    Current Employee - Repair Analyst in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Telecommunications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some "granite universuty" training/professional development. Licensing pay bumps in some departments. free gym. great starter job.

    Cons

    run with sales mentality, so no clue how to run ops. Salaries low. Too few bonuses and raises. Too few holidays (no day after thanksgiving). understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better, and give more incentive.

    Granite Telecommunications2017-07-24
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cost and Savings Analyst"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Telecommunications for less than a year

    Pros

    -Lots of young people -Free gym -Cafeteria -Not nearly as micromanaged as advertised by some (may depend on department).

    Cons

    The straight up do not train you to do your job. Its essentially a sink or swim mentality. Either learn it fast or end up spending your time constantly asking your co-workers what to do and how to do it. Forced to sit through Premier Team Training which has essentially nothing to do with CAST(Cost and Savings Analyst).

    Advice to Management

    Provide real training rather than having your current employees do YOUR job.

    Granite Telecommunications2016-07-29
  3. Helpful (14)

    "Assembly line, entry level corporation"

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     in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Granite Telecommunications

    Pros

    Lots of incentive to try to keep employees motivated through weekly competition. They also have decent benefits and from what I've heard there is room for career growth. Small free gym.

    Cons

    Had high turnover and didn't seem to really cultivate their talent and a lot of good workers were lost. The overall culture was very corporately draconian and forced all their employees to take their lunch break 12-1 (without a minute to spare!). To get an idea of how management viewed their employees, my first week there they let go of an entire department and rehired temp employees to replace them.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like professionals and give them a reason to want to work there! Also, if you're overseeing a department you should be able to at least know the business processes that you employees follow everyday and not have to be corrected by new employees.

    Granite Telecommunications2016-06-22
  4. Helpful (13)

    "Fine for entry level"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager Network Integration in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Telecommunications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great resume builder and place to get your feet wet in corporate world. Yes, the pay is low but that makes the hiring pool less competitive. If you have no experience and no other prospects, and you don't mind a little hard work, then go for it. - Free gym. - Gave me the experience I needed to get an actual good job. Despite being there longer than I wanted to be, I was always learning new skills and owe every year of my time there to where I am now. - Very supportive team. - Company is very diverse and charitable. - Seems to be hard to get fired. - I had a fair amount of freedom in my position. If you do good work, they generally let you do your thing. I would say I actually did not feel very micromanaged.

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    Cons

    - Commission accounts for a large chunk of your annual income; about 20%. - Zero transparency on said commission. The commission is a graduated system based on your total billed and your margins but, since billing doesn't finalize until several months later, they're prone to deducting or adding to later commission checks to reflect this. This is called the "true up." Confused so far? Well, it gets worse because they do not show you any of the math on how they arrived at your commission. It's your job to keep up with that and point out any errors to them, which do happen. Even if you are a solid accountant (which you shouldn't have to be), this is a lot of extra work just to make sure you're getting what's owed to you. - As business grows, the commission plan can get reduced. Their reasoning is we'll do more business next year, so you should still actually make more. What it really says is, we're doing great but we don't want to share much with you. - Pay is low but that's why this place is just good for the experience. As long as the pay is as low as it is, this is not the place you want to go to if you have enough experience to yield other prospects. - Sterile and factory-farm-like workplace. - Entirely too many job responsibilities placed on Project Management. - Rushed and lazy bid process. Even though the sales and engineering teams create the contracts, the PM's seem to be the only ones responsible for reading them.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees by paying them better and offering more perks. Be totally transparent with commissions. Otherwise, this will only ever be a career stepping stone.

    Granite Telecommunications2016-05-17
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Resume builder"

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    Current Employee - Cost and Savings Analyst in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Telecommunications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young workforce Free gym Set schedule Jeans day on friday for $3

    Cons

    Micromanagement Monday morning meeting Operations side suffers No raises Unrealistic goals for full bonus

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement, promote those that excel not those there the longest

    Granite Telecommunications2016-04-01
  6. Helpful (7)

    "I really wanted to love it..."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Quincy, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Telecommunications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Depending on what you do, you may be able to keep your work on an 8 - 5 basis. - Free Gym & discounts for select stores & services, amongst other perks. - It's a fast growing young technology company, which guarantees those who are there now will get to experience significant transformations in the years to come. - Unless you do something stupid ( & are not in sales), job security is pretty good. - As the company is growing, new areas and positions are opening up which offer new career opportunities. - It's a good place for a newly grad to get some corporate experience as the barrier to entry is very low and the growth and turnover is high, so they're always hiring.

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    Cons

    - I feel like pay is discussed so much here in Glassdoor. But no one is forcing you to work there. Everyone signs a contract detailing the exact nature of their compensation. You don't have to sign if you don't like it. That said, the pay *is* low. Although I feel this will gradually change sometime in the near future as the company matures. When is that? Don't know. - I do feel there was a culture of praise and reward that leaned towards those who consistently worked late. It was odd, because the company does not have a culture of "early shaming", but it was really "late praising". If you got everything done and kept your customers happy form 8 - 5, you would be outshined by people who would (either due to necessity or to rack up points) stay late every day to get things done. - If anything, I feel there was a track where you would progressively get more and more work until you would have to start leaving at 6, 7, 8, etc. Your stress levels would elevate pretty much and this continues until you just break. I know of people just snapping and standing up and just abandoning the job, never returning. - For a technology company, you would think there were many people who knew the technology- but there weren't. - Raises are a joke - which is worse than the low base pay, because you can gauge right then and there how low your salary will continue to be for the rest of your projected time there. - All employees required to go to work even under extremely dangerous weather conditions. You can stay, of course, but they dock a vacation day. Which means if you don't have any, you effectively lose that pay day. Unfair, especially when most things can be done using a web browser. Why not allow work from home?

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    Advice to Management

    - Invest in high quality training for premier data team. Those folks need to be very knowledgeable about every single technology they work with. - Separate the "premier" aspect from the "project management" aspect in the data team. Dealing with customers complaining about 5 extra cents on their invoices should not be an issue a PM should have to deal with. It's distracting and just increases the workload, pulling focus away from the projects they have to complete. - Pay better. I know that affects bottom line, but there has to be something you can do about this- You need to do something about it. As the company grows and you expand the product portfolio with more high tech offerings, there will be more people skilled in subject knowledge that is transferrable to a wide variety of other business (which was not the case when this was only pots). The expense in training and experience they leave with if untended to is much greater than the cost of the decent salary you can (should) provide.

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    Granite Telecommunications2015-11-19
  7. Helpful (16)

    "Honest Review"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Telecommunications

    Pros

    --Easy to obtain a job. This is partly due to the temp-to-perm system (you are a temp employee for 90 days) they utilize for almost all positions, so there's almost no risk on Granite's end. --Very charitable company. Again, this partly benefits them, but still I'll give them credit. --Somewhat frequent bonuses distributed to entire staff. --Easy access to subway. --Great free gym. --Standard 8-5. Rarely work late

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    Cons

    --No autonomy. No flexibility of schedule; no working from home even during emergencies and everyone must take the same 12-1 lunch break and not a minute more --Being on a cell phone is essentially a fireable offense, restricted internet access. Sure, you should mostly be working while at work but the zero-discretion applied to this category is alarming. --Low base salary for essentially everyone besides Sales and Software/Database Dev teams --High turnover due to unfulfillment/ low salary. Can't say I blame them.

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    Granite Telecommunications2015-09-15
  8. Helpful (18)

    "You are just a number."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Telecommunications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free gym Use this opportunity to figure out what you don't want in an employer. Beef up your resume with the fake titles you are given.

    Cons

    I bet this review gets cycled below the bloated fake 5 star reviews. Don't be fooled with the Granite updates and fun facts. You're smarter than that. - Militant schedule for hourly and salary employees. It is not a joke that work starts at 8, lunch is 12-1, and the day ends at 5...but if you leave at 5 you'll get a good eye roll from upper management. - Kissing up gets your promoted...hard work does not. - Upper management consists of individuals from the original bankrupted Network Plus...needless to say they lack professionalism, actual job knowledge and management experience. There are a few management members that truly care about their employees - these are the few that help maintain some semblance of sanity. - When Granite started, the economy was doing poorly and so they capitalized on mass hiring cheap labor. Unfortunately they still see their employees as bodies and not actual people with families and lives. This leads to interdepartmental struggle and conflict as it turns into an upsetting every man for himself. - The commission structure has been cut back significantly on a yearly basis for multiple depts. - Sales and upper management receive great pay outs for the work the other 90% of the company is actually doing. - A cube farm patrolled by robot like management. If you keep your head down and remain silent you might survive. - A common phrase among depts is "make your money and get out." Those who don't get out suffer anxiety, low pay, no work/life balance, and nightmares. I hold a reputable salaried position, so don't think these cons are coming from an unintelligent disgruntled part timer.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop adding fake reviews. Credibility relies on the full truth.

    Granite Telecommunications2015-07-29
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Granite is a Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Premier Account Analyst in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Telecommunications full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, very successfull company. Give many employee accolades for doing a good job. Decent benefits including tuiition reimbursement, free gym, health insurance including dental/vision, competitive 401k, bonuses, etc. Good management in place.

    Cons

    Somewhat strict, i.e the 8:01 you're late mentality and a strict 1 hour for lunch. Very uneven distribution of work. No snow days even when the weather is very dangerous outside and there is no public transportation available so you must drive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making Granite a better place to work! The new initiatives to improve Granite have made a big difference in employee morale.

    Granite Telecommunications2015-06-24
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Always Room For Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Granite Telecommunications full-time

    Pros

    Free gym, benefits, proximity to public transportation, diversity, young company

    Cons

    Rigid work schedule (militant): Even if you're 1 minute late, you are written up. Lunch is 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm for everyone. Everyone is basically on the same schedule, which makes it feels like you're in prison. They have camera's that monitor when people come in and out, and even secret snitches who will rat you out to upper management if you're frequently late. They have even started locking the doors in the morning until 8:00. Punctuality is key and that's understandable, but quite frankly, it's shouldn't be enforced so harshly. We are all adults, not children. Employee appreciation: while Granite tries to show employee appreciation via employee of the week and month with gift cards and what not, they could do better. For the most part, most employees feel disposable and unappreciated. Young Company: great for the company in terms of longevity and rates for benefits since for the most part everyone is healthy; not so good for employees who have to deal with immature managers who make decisions based on emotion and not on facts. Young and inexperienced managers who for the most part don't know what they're doing. They are just puppets. Compensation: Unless you're a VP or sales person, you're being short changed. Coming in as a temp, you are given one salary and that's to make sure you stay long enough to go permanent. Once you go permanent, they will decrease it, saying that "it's not in the budget". So you didn't know it wasn't in the budget before you went hiring folks??? Riiiiiggggght. Dress code: What dress code??? Company culture: seems like it's every man for himself. Put it this way, at least with your enemies, you know what you're getting. It's your "friends" you have to worry about. Career growth: If you're into telecommunications, great. But you better come in as a VP, HR, or sales. Because other than that, there is not much room for growth. You can become very stagnant and comfortable, and most of those skills are NOT transferable unless you go to another telecomm company, or have management skills.

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    Advice to Management

    Granite Cares? Act like it and not just through your "philanthropic" write offs. Show it by valuing the most important people who make it happen at Granite: YOUR EMPLOYEES!

    Granite Telecommunications2015-06-23
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