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Updated January 31, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great high tech company with dedicated management and loyal employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mandli Communications is working on leading edge technologies that will eventually make our lives better in the transportation arena. For a small company the challenge is exciting and worthwhile. I feel part of a vibrant organization

    Cons

    Sometimes there does not seem to be enough time in the day. Will continue to better manage time to optimize output

    Advice to Management

    Maybe better prioritization of objectives. Formal project management training would be a wonderful improvement.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "If you're desperate for a job..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Processor
    Former Employee - Data Processor
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job
    Okay GIS experience, IF you can move up
    "Flexible" schedule

    Cons

    Ineffective management
    Low pay
    Repetitive and dull
    Low skill acquisition
    About every 2 weeks, the owner of the company essentially tells the reduction department that we're all going to be irrelevant in the near future- GREAT for morale

    Advice to Management

    Hire new managers that have more diverse backgrounds, are more engaged in the departments they work in, and are more experienced in what their employees actually do

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Fixable issues but not likely to happen"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time

    Pros

    As an FSO you get to see some cool places collecting data.
    Hard to get fired
    Won't get in too much trouble if you aren't that good at your job.
    Bagels every other Tuesday.
    One person restrooms
    Company pays your insurance

    Cons

    The problems start from the top. The owner is borderline sociopathic who directly affects each department in a negative way.

    The Engineering team prepares the vehicles designated to collect data and are rushed out the door, sometimes correctly validated, to meet contractual deadlines. The vehicles systems fail often because the aren't calibrated/replaced/fixed properly.

    That affects the Support Team by putting pressure to band-aid issues to get the vehicle back in operation.

    That downtime from Support affects the Collection teams numbers and makes them replan the project.

    Which then affects the Reduction team because if the vehicle isn't collecting data then they cannot process the data

    Which then affects the Delivery Team because they have to then explain to the Project Managers and customers why we may not meet the deadline to deliver their data.( I feel bad for them, that department is ran pretty well actually.)

    Technology Team is very knowledgeable as they should be but good luck getting any help from them. Due to being pulled in a million directions, software updates or other matters that they are needed for is pushed to the back burner. Or they just go play frisbee.

    Good luck getting any help from the IT team as well. They are so backed up in trying to improve the network that you can't even get a mouse from them if yours goes bad.

    Project Managers are underpaid and usually grumpy about it.

    Marketing is a good department, the employees work hard but under compensated

    Besides that lack of time management capabilities, it seems to be okay for employees in management positions to talk down and belittle other employees by calling them names, or using foul language in front of other employees because they think it's okay and nothing will happen to them because the culture in the office is a cesspool.

    Since accountability for personnel in non entry level positions (or relatives to the owner, or the owner himself) is non existent, it's okay to fall asleep at your desk, come in hours late multiple times a week, every week, talk down on employees, make remarks that are textbook sexual harassment, play frisbee for 2-3 hours on the clock every Friday, and/or walk around with your shirt off around the office.

    The owner is the decision maker for everything, which is okay, his company, his money, his rules. But when deadlines are set and decisions need to be made and the owner is out of the office at a conference, going for his daily run, someone should be able to make decisions on his behalf but since he has a clear lack of trust to his upper management staff those deadlines are often not met.

    The environment is extremely judgemental and even though you're apart of a team, teamwork is non existent.

    This may sound like a salty post but I'm not upset, these are just my observations. I enjoyed working there most of the time and probably put up with more things than most people would or should, frankly.

    There are some very intelligent individuals there, not all of them are bad, some mean well, do well, and deserve to be rewarded but they haven't been compensated for their contributions. Which is one reason people quit.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees more.

    Hold people accountable, especially managers and others in non entry level positions.

    Listen to your employees and actually attempt rectify the issues they bring up,

    Be more cognizant of and remove the dead weight.

    Align your priorities so that all teams can work toward a collective goal and set reasonable deadlines.

    Designate authority to more than just one person.

    Improve collection vehicles and systems.

    Improve reduction software.

    Make sure all employees are on the same page.

    Allow for entry employees to "intern" in certain departments to see what role they want to develop into.


  4. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Great co workers
    -Room for advancement

    Cons

    -Pay is not the best


  5. Helpful (5)

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

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

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time (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.

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Roadview is a enigma"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Processor in Fitchburg, WI
    Former Employee - Data Processor in Fitchburg, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Complimentary healthcare
    Good starter experience for someone straight out of college

    Cons

    Low pay
    Little to No advancement
    Incompetent human resources department

    Advice to Management

    During my time there, not a single manager or supervisor would interact with me. And on one occasion an engineer who worked there was pretty rude to me on my first week of working there.

    Employees at roadview seem to be pretty miserable. Data processors, Data Technicians, Data Specialists do most of the project work but are compensated poorly.

    Stop spending money on Apple computers and either use Linux or Windows. You service the State Government, the state uses Microsoft Windows.

    Don't let Company family members who work there part time in the summer who fall asleep at their workstation be moved to another department. Fire them. Hold them to the same standards.

    Don't have a meeting telling employees your going to raise wages and then not raise wages


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mandli Communications"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere with potential for growth

    Cons

    Unorganized management and poor interdepartmental communication

  8. Helpful (3)

    "People are going overboard in these reviews."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Etc in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Data Etc in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a full-time job with health insurance, paid vacation, 401k matching to reward longer-term employees, Benefits like that can be seriously hard to find for college graduates nowadays. Can take vacation before you've earned the hours (company allows you to go up to 40 into the negative on those). Also as a data processor you will never have to take your work home with you, literally or figuratively.

    Cons

    There is a culture of negativity among the other processors - not everyone, but enough to make it feel oppressive. The blame for this is most easily placed on management, but after a good bit of time here, I'm really not sure. People do a lot of judgment of their peers, and those that get promoted are often subject to gossip about their unworthiness based on that. Yes it would help if company paid more per hour, but the job market for recent grads sucks in Wisconsin and most other states, and they dont take the common route of limiting everyone to 32hrs so they don't have to pay health insurance. Management is opening to hearing you out if you feel you have something else to bring to the table at the company, that doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a promotion out of it, but some i never would have expected have been promoted. Fact is everyone is coming here with various levels of experience and skills and they don't all show just from doing the data processing. I think a lot of the negativity is because the company tends to promise everybody that with hard work theyll be promoted quickly, and that's objectively not the case. It takes more than that and i havent figured out the formula yet but i can say those that complain the most tend to be the ones that don't move up.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more team-building stuff so people can get to know each other outside of just the day-to-day work on a group project or talking at lunch or whatever. Also there is a weird tension between first and second shift people even though they have to work on the same projects, there should be a focus on getting both groups together for fun stuff now and again. It helps when we feel more plugged in and aware of what the company is doing beyond the data processing and collection we already know about. Sometimes we get to hear really cool stuff that sounds exciting but then we don't hear about it again for a while. Upper management & owner sometimes talk about these things but it feels like there's a separate operation we only hear about every few months and i know a lot of us are interested in what will change or what kind of jobs there will be down the line.


  9. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Specialist in Fitchburg, WI
    Current Employee - Data Specialist in Fitchburg, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mandli Communications full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Take your people seriously.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid working here."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefit program is not bad.
    Get to see the country as Field System Operator.
    Can get lots of hotel reward points.

    Cons

    At the office there is no social interaction.
    You will not gain much for future jobs unless you stay in their very specific field.
    Time away while as FSO takes a toll on personal life.
    Pay is not great.

    Advice to Management

    You guys have to make some kind of incentive for people to continue working here as the turnover rate here is just ridiculous. The pay is not great and just looking over the "pit" you should be able to see just how sad everyone looks working here.


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