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Tempest Telecom Solutions Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tempest Telecom Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Great group of employees who work hard and are team oriented

    Cons

    Sales environment can be treacherous. Nepotism with a capital 'N'.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be less reactive and more interested in long term goals instead of month to month results.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tempest Telecom Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The co-workers are nice and hard working.

    Cons

    Too much nepotism and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Learn to differentiate between "family" and operating a real legitimate business.


  3. "Supply Specialist"

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

    I worked at Tempest Telecom Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Room to move up. Friendly environment. Able to negotiate pay fairly. Fun happy hours. Fun events. Cool salespeople and other co-workers.

    Cons

    Very nepotistic environment. Lots of paperwork should be streamlined digitally. Projects would continuously change and it could be a hassle getting certain approvals.

    Advice to Management

    Managements needs to be streamlined. There seems to be too many managers that could be telling you many different things.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, weak organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Tempest Telecom Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers.
    There is a lot of flexibility to "make the job your own."
    You are not micro-managed.
    Gives a platform for senior/experienced professionals to build their own business.

    Cons

    The company is extremely fragmented and operates less like a well-oiled machine with defined goals and more like a collection of independent sales people just trying to make some money.
    There are no procedural consistencies and this causes serious deficiencies in seizing opportunities and substantial overlap in effort.
    One is left to their own devices to solve issues and define their role. Suggestions and pleas for help almost always fall on deaf ears, unless there is a very obvious, immediate financial gain.
    The idea of "spending money to make money" is completely lost at this place. Operations as a department does not exist and receives no investment. The idea here is to pour everything into sales and hope it works out.

    Advice to Management

    Please get more involved in the day-to-day operations of your company. Unify your teams and standardize basic things like data entry and ERP procedures. Create meetings where sales people collaborate and share opportunities on the horizon in order to assist and expand in converting leads. Listen to the pleas of your employees and hear them as moments to improve and expand your business not as merely increased expenditures.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, good people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tempest Telecom Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Tempest. It was a growing company at a tricky time for the industry. They offer a positive work/lift balance and treat their employees well. Overall it was a good experience but long term it wasn't the right fit.

    Cons

    While they claimed to have to have an open door policy, that wasn't always the case.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not for me"

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed my coworkers and the closeness to downtown Santa Barbara

    Cons

    Hours worked, Upper management, Salary


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Sooo Glad I Am Out!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tempest Telecom Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location, very close to downtown restaurants, shopping, etc.
    Easy Santa Barbara commute
    Good parking
    Nice work stations
    Awesome co-workers (excluding senior management)

    Cons

    Strong Favoritism. Owners, senior management & lead salespeople are childhood friends. They are not held to the same rules, procedures and standards as other employees. These mentioned folk are able to do what they want without being held accountable. They frequently treat the general staff poorly and at times are downright rude. It is not uncommon to see workers crying in the bathroom or parking area. This behavior is coming from the top down.
    The CEO doesn't act like a CEO, but more like a driving sales manager. Strong micromanagement and seems to run the sales team by emotion and/or insecurity. Very little consistency.
    Regarding the reviews for this company in mid 2015, those were posts from the marketing and sales management personnel, who in a meeting, were strongly encouraged by the CEO (or manipulated) to write some positive posts to lift the company image after several poor reviews. In my opinion, those were not accurate posts. This is evident by the continuing resignations and key employees that are choosing to leave.
    Lastly, I cannot say for sure, but I think there are some financial difficulties going on as I did hear comments in regards to past due invoices to suppliers.

    Advice to Management

    None, your opinion means nothing as they wont listen to outsiders.


  9. "Tempest invests in their employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company did a good job of investing in their employees, was receptive to requests for pay increases, and promoted from within. Pay was above average in Santa Barbara.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism and a there was a tendency for cliques and "club" like atmosphere.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tempest Telecom Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Radio Technician III in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Radio Technician III in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tempest Telecom Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    training on Alcatel Microwave radio systems and making a lot of new friends and traveling throughout north america

    Cons

    Traveling 95% of time going from state to state and missing my kids growing up


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Team Tempest"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tempest Telecom Solutions full-time

    Pros

    -Good atmosphere with several avenues for suggestions/feedback
    -Texas team is as solid as they come and second to none
    -Oxnard team is like clock work and dependable
    -Tempest has been through some rough patches, as ALL companies will experience, but when push comes to shove we have a great team in place to overcome the challenges of a very competitive and quickly evolving market

    Cons

    -Would like to see more recognition across the 3 facilities to bring better team cohesion (i.e. monthly newsletter, individual spotlight, challenges overcome, team success stories, positive customer feedback, etc)

    Advice to Management

    WE ALL trust that Tempest leaders are making smart profitable decisions/deals that will ensure our overall successful future and provide the means to better compensate employees. Remember...put people first, profits will follow



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