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Mandli Communications Employee Reviews about "low pay"

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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2.5
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Mandli Communications CEO Ray Mandli (no image)
Ray Mandli
29 Ratings
Pros
  • "Health Insurance fully paid for by company(in 7 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)

  • "Better described as a geospatial data extraction job(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "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.

    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
  2. 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.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what kind of company you want to be and hit that hard. Right now it seems the company is just stagnant and possibly even failing. There is no clear path or vision for the future and when one is stated it seemingly changes a month later. Treat the employees that do literally 90% of the data work for the company with some respect and like they are of some value. Start treating employees like adults and... professionals. Although having a manager slowly walk around looking over everyone’s shoulders making sure they are quiet and working really adds to the data mining sweatshop feel, so that’s a nice touch. Finally, make it clear and be honest about opportunities for enrichment, training, and advancement. Stop feeding people lies about them if they aren’t there and aren’t going to be offered. If people are stuck where they are they need to be aware of that and not be given falsehoods about advancement or additional training to broaden their skill set.

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    Mandli Communications2019-01-09
  3. Helpful (8)

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

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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

    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

    Mandli Communications2018-01-31
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Roadview is a enigma"

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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

    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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    Mandli Communications2017-10-22
  5. 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
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