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Structured Communications Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. "Great People and Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clackamas, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team environment that supports growth through support of hands on projects.

    Cons

    Contracts appear to boiler plate in design and do not appear to fulfill clients special needs.

    Advice to Management

    drill down into the types of contracts that you have for those companies that have specialized needs instead of offering boilerplate contracts.


  2. "Company to consider"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Structured Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for driven employees.

    Cons

    Organizational setup could use some work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Local VAR with a Bad Reputation"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the sales reps and engineers make a very good living. A chance to learn about new technologies and get certified in them. Good work-life balance as people check out at 5 and don't check their phones/emails after hours or on the weekends. The CEO is a caring, fair man.

    Cons

    Little incentive to work here except a paycheck. No perks, expensive benefits, no career growth with raises and promotions rare. Poor leadership team consisting of friends and family of the CEO. Nepotism abounds. The sales team is full of dead weight that needs to be trimmed. Nickel and dimed for everything. Outdated processes and infrastructure. Many larger businesses in Portland and Seattle want nothing to do with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better benefits package with insurance that isn't so expensive, a 401K with a reasonable matching component and profit-sharing/stock options. Develop plans to grow the careers of your employees so they aren't stuck. Invest in actual technology leaders instead of friends and family who are unqualified. Cut down the sales staff to those who actually deliver results. Figure out a way to improve your reputation with the larger business communities in Portland and Seattle, as many of them see you as a poorly managed Mom and Pop shop. Stop being cheap skates and put money back into the business.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Reasonable Local Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Clackamas, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable place to work, lots of good people.

    Cons

    Account Reps varied widely from excellent to how do they keep a job, with most on the bad end of the spectrum and some shining stars.
    Very little opportunity to advance your career. You are hired as a XXX widget, extremely likely even after several years you will still be in that same role.

    Advice to Management

    Create reasons to retain staff other than just a paycheck. Profit sharing, career advancement, planning. Hire and maintain better sales personnel, or be more aggressive about trimming the poor performers.


  5. "Network Engineer - Excellent company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer
    Former Employee - Network Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very flexible hours, little politics to deal with. You feel empowered because they let you make decisions for yourself on your projects. Great team dynamics and always willing to help you if needed. If you work well independently you will love this company.

    Cons

    Benefits are ok. They didn't have 401k match at the time but have heard they may have changed that.


  6. "A Great Place to Grow In Your IT Career"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Structured Communications full-time

    Pros

    A very tight-knit family like environment with a lot of support. Ron Fowler, the CEO/President/Owner, is a great guy and treats his employees well. IT is an ever changing industry and the variety of challenges make the job never get boring. The benefits, while not the best, are overall good and the compensation is fair and includes profit-sharing and performance bonuses. A great place to grow and take risks as the company continues to grow. Low turnover. Fun events and team builders are hosted every few months. Some of the engineers are the best in the industry. The line card has been trimmed down and I truly feel we now have a good handful of "go-tos" for our best of breed offerings.

    Cons

    In my 5+ years, the Management Team has changed considerably. Many of the top level VPs and Directors were let go over the past three years, which sent some vibes of uncertainty through the company. However, this has been blunted in that the new Management Team is more united and creates a more supportive workplace environment, so what looked initially like a negative has been a positive. The Sales Team typically gets more praise and focus than the Engineer Team, while the dirty little secret is that the engineers are the cogs that keep this machine running.

    Advice to Management

    The company is in an interesting position. It's transforming from a family company to a bigger organization. In the process, it needs to decide where to make significant investments to take the next step while keeping the great culture around. Most people love working here and I do as well.


  7. "Lot's of chances to learn new things"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wide range of training opportunities and technical projects. There is the potential to get trained and certified on many different technologies.

    Cons

    Sometimes the management views technical professionals as resources, not people. Communication from the top down could be better, but they do try.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees the status of the company and on sales deals they work on. Don't view engineers as certification machines - give them a chance to use what they learn instead of just collecting certifications.

  8. "Prepare to spend lots of time on the interview process."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Structured Communications full-time

    Pros

    Lots of knowledge to offer and I see this ultimately helping me in my future carrier path.

    Cons

    Pay isn’t great and you don’t get Christmas eve off.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your delivery with what you are saying. They do a great job at being hands off and not micro managing.


  9. "Great Company, great owner and co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very positive workplace. Pay is good, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Sales people are allowed to break the processes


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A family run business that has no direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The level of projects to get involved in, the opportunities in continued education, and the ability to work on projects out of other offices

    Cons

    The company has no direction, the benefits are the worst that I have ever seen, the upper management tends to like certain Engineers who become the favorites at the time for projects. Volunteering for training and projects tends to not get noticed unless you are in the inner circle. Feedback from management is poor to non-existent. There is no goal setting for individuals, or opportunities that will allow for growth. The Portland office tends to believe that the best of the best exist in that office, however most of the staff are friends of the family or just entered the IT business. Also stop focusing on having so many vendors, focus on ten per practice - this works for many VAR's.

    Advice to Management

    Give Engineers goals, stop picking your favorites on projects - there are really good Engineers that are on staff that are talented in other offices.