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Updated 17 November, 2017
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  • Excellent pay and benefits offered (in 652 reviews)

  • Great pay (a bit more for being bilingual) great benefits since day 1 (in 1669 reviews)

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  1. "Multiple Positions Held at Company"

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

    I worked at Verizon Wireless full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to change locations fairly easily, great pay and benefits for health and tuition assistance.

    Cons

    Difficulty in advancement, must be in sales oriented position and have an "in" with a higher up. Very cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    To not be afraid to terminate underperforming management.


  2. "VERY POLITICAL…..but pretty good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Business Account Executive
    Former Employee - Business Account Executive
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Lots of career opportunities internally
    *Free cell phone service
    *Sponsorship events are great (i.e. Indy 500, Boat-Sport & Travel Show, etc.)

    Cons

    *Very political environment so if you want to advance/get promoted; you need to, unfortunately, play the office politic(s) game every second on the job. If not, another employee/co-worker fixated on playing the game well (one with less tenure, experience & sales #'s on the board) will pass right by you in a blink of the eye

    *Sales Quotas are high/difficult to achieve

    Advice to Management

    *Make the sales requirements more achievable so reps can have a realistic shot in
      accomplishing the "Winner's Circle Club"

    *Provide more team building events for the sales teams (i.e. BAE's & MAM's)


  3. "Wasnt bad"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Master in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Kitchen Master in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Verizon Wireless (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People were generally nice to work with.

    Cons

    It sometimes got boring, lots of standing as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stressful, emotionally draining and overall toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Retail Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Retail Customer Service Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Verizon Wireless full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and 401k matching
    Commitment to having a diverse workforce
    Same-sex partner benefits even in states where they are not legally required

    Cons

    This was a difficult job from a moral standpoint. At least at store level, the company prioritizes immediate numbers above all else -- including the customer's needs and wants. Though I was hired as a Retail Customer Care Representative, I was required to sell -- and in 2010, every customer care rep was forced to move into a commissioned sales position. With no dedicated customer service employees the customer experience suffered immensely. Sales reps were, in theory, supposed to handle all customer service and technical issues that came into the store -- but taking the time to assist a customer with an issue was damning to any individual rep's numbers. Even if we could squeeze a sale out of someone with a warranty issue (and we were expected to), the company made time spent with these customers not worth the payoff. Any phone sold without a data package was also damning to our numbers. We were required to pitch smart phones to elderly customers who could barely handle a flip device. It felt predatory and inconsiderate. VZW likes to talk about integrity as one of its core values, but there were many times when I witnessed management turn a blind eye to shady sales practices because the rep was making numbers.

    There is NO work/life balance to speak of. Mandatory overtime was common, not just during the holiday season but whenever the zone was understaffed or a new product was launched. Though the company offered a fair amount of personal and vacation time it was very difficult to actually use it.

    During my five years with VZW I was moved to different stores within my area a total of seven or eight times. Teams and management were constantly changing. Having a good management team could make the job's unique struggles almost bearable; bad management made it into hell. Verbal abuse and intimidation were commonly used against under performing employees. My last store manager before I left the company was extremely unprofessional. She would walk around the store slamming drawers and cursing on a regular basis. She berated employees in front of customers, and gossiped about individual employees to their peers. Despite several people complaining to human resources and the district manager, and several representatives actually leaving the company because of her, her behavior never changed. The work environment was absolutely toxic.

    Advice to Management

    A good sales representative does not necessarily make for a good manager. Store-level supervisors needs to manage more than sales to be effective, and to create a cohesive working environment.


  6. Helpful (440)

    "Rewarding but demanding place to work."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Verizon Wireless full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive but you will work very hard for it. Culture is excellent and exhibited and practiced from the top down. Benefits are excellent and cost reasonable. 401k match and profit sharing. Lots of training and professional development opportunities. Can advance if you're willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Company is trying to transform into what it wants to be beyond a wireless carrier (cloud?, security?, telematics?, wholesaler?, etc) and is struggling with a vision, resources, and org structure to make it a reality. Several re-organizations over last few years so job security has frequently been a question. Often delayed response to competitors caused by management's concern that acting would result in not meeting Wall Street expectations. Not the "happiest" place to work because no result is ever good enough and successes aren't celebrated because the focus is always on the next weekly/monthly/quarterly goal.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place!"

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    Former Employee - Experience Specialist in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Experience Specialist in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Verizon Wireless (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, team atmosphere, fun contests and prizes.

    Cons

    It's a company you work for when you're ready to settle down in life, or already have, but the hours can be long, many of which are worked in the evenings or weekends. Pays as if it's a M-F 9-5, but retail hours, which is understandable considering client needs.

    Advice to Management

    The Solution Managers should feel less pressure. They seem stressed all the time, while the store manager seems to be happy. In general the place is great, and you do a great job in hiring. I would suggest you speed up the hiring process, and let former employees have the opportunity to return to the company!


  8. "Awesome company to work for"

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

    I worked at Verizon Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good benefits are great

    Cons

    Sometimes they eliminate your position and your laid off but that businesses

    Advice to Management

    Nothing bad to say


  9. "Benefit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Verizon Wireless full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit. Better than many companies.

    Cons

    It's getting worse year by year. Coinsurance keeps up.

    Advice to Management

    Working schedule not planned well. Always "ASAP"


  10. "Data Coordinator, Tech II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Verizon Wireless full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training, ownership, frequent feedback and coaching, pay, bonus, OT

    Cons

    Stressful, management tends to swing back and forth, high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Settle down to a more consistent path forward, remember that high pay means you can have high expectations, quit outsourcing


  11. "Outstanding IT organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Verizon Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Large pool of talented individuals with vast experience in IT.

    Cons

    Small location and most new positions located on the East Coast.


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