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Mandli Communications Reviews

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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Ray Mandli
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Health Insurance fully paid for by company(in 6 reviews)

  • "Was given work that was actually meaningful, the team made me feel valued and appreciated, and very laid back team(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 5 reviews)

  • "(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Couldn't be happier"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Fitchburg, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great family owned company. If you've had a real jobs at big corporations you'll understand the value of working for a family owned company. You are treated like a person not a number. Anyone can approach Ray if they have a question or concern and he will address it for you. They give whatever tools you need to do your job and challenge you learn and grow. Seeing the bigger picture of where things are going is important because this company is alway on the up and coming of technology's. If your a go getter, with good self management skills, good work ethic, then you'll thrive here! Truly works toward doing more for the employees: Small family owned- understanding 401k matching Best insurance "huge encouragement to personal health" Multiple Company events

    Cons

    Hard to watch the people that take advantage of the family owned company atmosphere. Self management and motivation to help the company succeed in more of the employees would be nice to see.

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    Mandli Communications2018-04-13
  2. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.

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

    "Good but not great"

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    Former Employee - Field Systems Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Time Off and Per Diem

    Cons

    Management, lackluster co-workers and layoffs

    Mandli Communications2019-07-07
  4. Helpful (10)

    "Out of Touch, Seriously Avoid"

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

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Literally the only pro about this company was the health insurance.

    Cons

    Mandli Communications has no identity, structure, or idea what they are doing. They present themselves as a geospatial and engineering company, but companies with that title usually have some type of certified engineers or geospatial professionals. With the geospatial aspect, the companies cons perspective employees by throwing out trigger words like "GIS", "remote sensing", "GPS", "Lidar", and "mapping". In reality any trained geospatial professional will be at a loss of words for the lack of any of these sciences being presented. All the software is proprietary so any educational or formal training that one might have be it in previous employment or schooling is moot. There have been instances where high school students have done the work and are paid similarly to those who have experience. As for the pay it is abysmally low starting out. Handfuls of employees have taken second jobs to cover living in an area with a higher than average cost of living. The management structure is so middle heavy that there are multiple levels of reporting hierarchy. This gives the perception of unnecessary weight. The middle managers have become so numerous and complacent that there is no way for anyone below them to advice. As for the reduction and production managers, they are always watching and critiquing work. Numerous employees have been placed on a performance improvement plan, the "PIP". This is causing more harm than good. They all talk to each other and it causes unnecessary stress. If you want your employees to move fast and not care about quality remove the QC process. Relating to the QC process, listen to that department. They actually care and are knowledgeable about the outcome of the product. The facility is subpar. The building is too small and the open office concept impacts performance negatively. There is a lack of ceilings and complete walls, so everyone can here confidential meetings and phone calls. The lower level of the building is freezing in the winter, big windows, who would have thought. People are wearing multiple layers to stay warm. The owner sent out an email telling people to actually wear multiple layers until the sun was able to shine into the building. That kind of doesn't work in the winter. As for the owner; the man is so unstable and immature that he has complained and moaned when someone tells him no. He is so out of touch with his employees. He gives routine speeches and says so many things that make everyone scratch their head. He never owns up to making a mistake, it's always out of his control according to him. It's just a big toy for him. I understand it's his company but maybe try and pin down what is your goal instead of being a "leader in the industry", what industry? No one has any clue what the industry is. He is all over the place and when the new shiny toy comes out he dumps his previous plans for that. I am at a total shock that this company has not folded. Employees are miserable.

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    Mandli Communications2019-03-02
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Chill place to work"

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    Former Employee - Data Processor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The workload is not heavy. People here are nice. Easy work and no physical strain.

    Cons

    If you are the night shift, it messes up your sleeping schedule. Not competitive

    Mandli Communications2019-01-22
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Managing issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time

    Pros

    Chance for lots of over time.

    Cons

    The management was not good.

    Mandli Communications2019-01-20
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Was one of my favorite jobs until.."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Fitchburg, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Flexible Schedules. Depending on the department you're in(there's the kicker), it's always easy to make sure you meet your hours even during emergencies -Decent benefits -A LOT of the employees there are really nice down to earth people

    Cons

    -Nepotism runs rampant in this company. If you're friends with anyone from the executive level, you're set for life -Everything done in the company is done with the end goal of cutting as many corners as possible. I've even been told by engineers building our company vehicles to just look the other way for lower quality parts, broken parts etc. There isn't any inspiration to fix anything within the company -The CEO wants you to believe he's on your side. He isn't. He's in it just for himself, I mean one of the first core company goals, is basically to entertain & challenge the CEO. Not to mention the 5 year long promises that are made each quarter about how most of our jobs will be pointless "soon" because it's all going to be automated -Knowledge Hoarding. The whole point of being a subject matter expert in any field, is to share your knowledge with people, to help build them up. Of the 150 or so employees, you'll be lucky to find 5-10 "experts" willing to share any knowledge with you, making any form of support and troubleshooting almost impossible without being at the mercy of what they want to do. -Management in this company is a joke. Half the managers want to just say yes to everything any executive says to them regardless of feasibility. The other half, the other half just want you to crank out as much work as you can possibly do without going insane. They also almost never tell you that you're doing a good job, without nitpicking several things first to make you feel like a bad employee.

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    Mandli Communications2019-02-08
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Short term or avoid if you can"

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    Current Employee - Data Processor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s a starting job within the GIS field (sort of). Free bagels every other Tuesday. Health/Dental and 401k. Easy to get hired.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Lots of micro management. Essentially nothing more than a data mining facility. Interaction with your peers while working is frowned upon. Favoritism when it comes to promotions. Complete disconnect between processing team and middle/upper management.

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    Mandli Communications2019-01-09
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Solid benefits - Field crew gets to travel the country

    Cons

    -Lousy pay for almost every position in the company -Nepotism is rampant. Advancement seems to be for friends and family only -Project deadlines are constantly missed. More projects lost every year -No one to challenge the owner. Company is filled with "yes men" -Management is constantly micromanaging -Very high employee turnover rate, even without the recent layoffs -Company direction at the whim of the owner and it seems to change every 6 months I could go on and on. This is not a GIS/Geospatial job despite what they advertise. Almost all software is proprietary and the work is mind numbingly boring, and repetitive. Only suitable for college grads with no experience, but the pay is so lacking for the area you may have to get a second job.

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    Mandli Communications2019-02-01
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Doesn’t care about processing employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Free street parking near building Benefits are okay

    Cons

    Inadequate HR department Boiler plate performance reviews Micromanagement due to weak leadership Physically uncomfortable to work here

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    Mandli Communications2019-01-30
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