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Mandli Communications Reviews

Updated July 12, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Couldn't be happier"

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

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

    Advice to Management

    Managers that lead By example always seems to be the best and most successful.


  2. "Data processor"

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    Former Employee - Data Processor in Fitchburg, WI
    Former Employee - Data Processor in Fitchburg, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great insurance! Management tries hard to produce a more positive work environment. Owner is very ambitious and innovative. Nice facilities and friendly staff (for the most part).

    Cons

    Pay for the reduction team (most of the company employees) is way too low but makes sense with the crazy amount of growth they’ve been experiencing. Repetitive, boring work as a processor. About 25% of the company probably enjoy their job and are paid appropriately while the other 75% are paid like interns while doing monotonous, button pushing. If you’re looking for an exciting, decent paying job that will provide career growth and opportunity this is probably not the job for you, but if you want to move to an awesome city and need an easy gig with bennies while you get your feet under you then go for it! Madison’s awesome! However, if you’re an experienced engineer, programmer, software developer, etc this would probably be a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Even though you can get away with paying employees $25,000 a year, doesn’t mean you should. The job market for entry level graduates isn’t great but careful not to cross that line of taking advantage of that fact. These are intelligent graduates, many with Master’s degrees or working on one, and 12 bucks an hour is just way too low. I believe that’s the starting pay for high school graduates at Target. The effort to engage processors/technicians/specialists improved and was much appreciated.

  3. "Low pay, good travel opportunity, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Field Systems Operator in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Field Systems Operator in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, lots of tech, gain experience

    Cons

    Long hours, little recognition, poor management.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to reduce turnover you need to pay people properly.


  4. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mandli Communications full-time

    Pros

    They truly valued my work. I was always treated well and given the tools I needed to succeed.

    Cons

    Some people didn't seem to get the vision or culture of the business. Every job will have its pros and cons. It just seemed as if Mandli Communications had some employees that could never be made happy. Sometimes this would lead to negative energy amongst the staff.

    Advice to Management

    You always gave us the freedom to succeed if we would take initiative.


  5. Helpful (5)

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

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    • 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


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Fixable issues but not likely to happen"

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    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.


  7. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (6)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Roadview is a enigma"

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    • 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


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