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Mandli Communications Data Specialist Reviews

Updated 12 Sep 2019

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3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Big talk, empty promises. This is a family based company but unfortunately the owner loves himself too much."

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    Current Employee - Data Specialist in Fitchburg, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good for young people right of college. Free healthcare. 3% 401k match after 2 years. Bagel Tuesdays!

    Cons

    There are too many layers and managers. The name suggests 'communication' but unfortunately the company doesn't perform that way. With all the layers, information gets lost playing 'telephone' and the wage gets spread out over too many people. If you don't brown-nose, nobody will listen to your suggestions. HR is very biased. Mentioned complaints don't get recognized unless their team was already thinking about... it themselves. The very high turnover speaks for itself. People hate working here and are miserable after staring at their screen for 40 hours a day. Low pay. Maternity leave is a bad agreement.

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    Advice to Management

    Take your people seriously.

    Mandli Communications2017-08-15
  2. Helpful (7)

    "Low Value, short-term stepping stone. Veterans avoid."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Fitchburg, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Got to work with some really great, bright, and talented people. Average effort and work ethic with some attention to detail will put you well above most of your peers (although how much that matters to management is questionable). Those who are self-motivated and new to being in positions of team leadership can safely develop, experiment, and hone their leadership styles in a very low risk environment.

    Cons

    Weak and poor leadership. Deceitful management. Lack of professional development. Low pay. Minimal useful training and experience outside of propriety software - this is not what would be recognized in the industry as a GIS job. Rampant nepotism and favoritism. HR.

    Advice to Management

    I'm taking time to write this because there are so many people that work here that deserve much, much better and should be employed by a company worthy of them. This isn't mean spirited, angry or disgruntled. I want nothing but success and improvement for all those involved. Upon leaving I was nearly 6 months overdue for an annual performance review. Additionally, management was dragging its feet submitting... paperwork following a promotion for myself and others which resulted in a pay increase almost a month late (with no back pay). Everything said in previous reviews about micromanagement, "PIP", and watching over adults like school children in a professional employment setting are all true. However, they, along with mistrust and disrespect, are common manifestations in weak leaders. Without personnel changes these issues won't be solved. That said, although things like completing performance reviews and ensuring your people are properly compensated are very important, and does ultimately fall on the reduction manager, I don't entirely place the blame on them. They, like so many others, are a product of the culture of disfunction here. I do not believe that this company is either willing or able to properly take care of its people. For over three years I had heard the same lies and empty promises about the direction of the company, opportunities for employee growth and development, and the utilization of industry standard software. Nothing. A couple examples: First, you will not use industry wide utilized software thus you aren't actually gaining any valuable GIS experience that can be transferred anywhere. Second, the understanding and utilization of things like MySQL are key to DS work, yet there isn't any formal training on MySQL or the language. You must find time to teach yourself in order to perform essential job functions or continuously ask others for help. It's unclear exactly what the purpose of all the dishonesty is, but what is quite clear to everyone is reality. Production and profit are valued well above employee wellness. The HR department, yikes... Management will at times refer to specific company polices and will inappropriately coerce employees under the guise of said polices, like the forced usage of PTO for missed time at work. Besides HR not being available and willing to protect employees, issues like these are further confounded due to HR not making the employee handbook (with all of the company polices) available to anyone. It cannot be accessed or read by any employee. Again, personnel is the issue here and no HR professionals in the department with a mix of nepotism is creating serious issues. A quick word on exit interviews, actually do them. Unacceptable turnover and the inability to retain quality employees are probably issues you want solved. Having formal exit interviews, with standardized questions, and actually writing down what is discussed are probably good places to start. The exit interview was entirely unprofessional, but unfortunately on brand. Finally, there are a lot of really smart, hardworking, and fantastic individuals here. It is by far the best part about working here, but also one of the largest frustrations. The lack of development and advancement opportunity means that some people are flat out stuck. Their potential is not being tapped into at all and their abilities wasted. There are quite a few people who can right now step into leadership and management roles and have an immediate positive impact on the company and its employees. Unfortunately, at this company, they won't get the chance. I really hope they come to realize their potential and value and move on. They deserve success and recognition. *Veterans - This is coming from an E-6 and an 8+ year veteran, avoid this company. The lack of challenge, consequence, and accountability along with little to no development/advancement, weak leadership, and minimal professionalism will be a constant source of frustration. This is the culture here and will very likely not improve. Additionally, the skills, leadership, and experience you have earned through your service will be minimally valued (if at all). Veterans deserve and can obtain much, much better. Please avoid.

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    Mandli Communications2019-09-12
  3. Helpful (8)

    "The daily frustration and low pay isn't worth it."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Specialist in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Modern apple computers, casual dress and that's about it. Oh wait, you get a free bagel on Tuesdays.

    Cons

    There are constant computer/server issues that provide daily frustration. The IT department is understaffed with no intention of hiring more, has poor leadership and is more interested in removing resources as basic as Excel to save a buck. The IT department's main objective is to penny pinch rather than provide support. The department is a joke and is a burden more than a resource to the company. The owner/CEO... is a dreamer and it ain't lucrative and the company suffers from it. He pulls time from people in the Technology department to work on his dream projects that end up flopping and not selling, which prevents timely issue resolution on Production contract work. The mission statement literally says to give him an enjoyable experience. It's a joke here. Good people leave the company and their positions aren't replaced, requiring others to pick up the load. Management then bombards senior employees with work to compensate. In the realm of benefits, it falls short. They pull you in with company paid health benefits and you get little else. Here's an example, in lieu of a holiday party he buys everyone a movie ticket and you're required to use your vacation hours to attend the movie. You can't even drink the coffee there unless you join a 'coffee club' and pool your own money together. It's almost like an Office Space movie sequel.

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    Advice to Management

    Most of project management are pretty decent professionals, however, department heads provide a lot of the headaches. They either hide and don't even sign into instant messenger or you come to them with your problems with potential solutions and they just jot something down and nod and you never hear back about it. Unless it's a 'blocker' they expect you to work around it. This may be acceptable sometimes but its... all the time and it isn't due to them being busy cause there is way too much personal chatter going on to justify being too busy. Senior management have a lackadaisical attitude, they even walk slow around the office. It's like they think they've reached a point where they can sit back and just make big decisions instead of diving into their management team's practices and make adjustments and corrections. I'd give advice but the culture there has produced a class system where management knows all and regular employees are the work horses. There's a lot of decisions made that have daily impact on employees and the affected have knowledge and input to help them make a sound decision and they don't even consult with us. There's a divide and it's frustrating. I hated going to work there, I'm glad it's over.

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    Mandli Communications2017-11-15
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