- Sprint NVTB50OPCurious about the internal network stuff, teams as well. If things break is it just crazy politics?
- I can't give you blow by blow insights into every team.
What can tell you is this: it's a big company with a more classical hierarchy compared to a new tech company, but you have to remember we've been German owned since Voicestream. We had a German CEO before Legere. In my experience there is not quite the same level of focus on internal politics and dog-eat-dog mentality that you seen in a lot of American companies, especially in tech.
With that in mind, the network team is fairly hardcore. They've poached people from Verizon and AT&TO since acquiring spectrum they used to control, and they didn't go headhunting the slackers. You have to remember that this is the team that brought T-Mobile from 4th to first in network ratings in 5 years. There is a certain amount of pressure and enthusiasm in network and ops teams that has made that possible.
The general impression I have is that it's not a bad hardcore though. It's a lot of people who are passionate about their work: they work hard, they get paid well, and they are making a very real difference right now. The guy I know who came from Verizon is super happy compared to his old job in terms of his day to day experience at work.
Regarding politics, again, it's a German owned company, so the focus on accountability is substantial - not just in terms of people being held accountable, but for the chain of documentation to lead to genuine accountability. Everything is very well documented and regimented.
The corporate culture is very friendly, though. You're more likely to receive a smiley reminder of your responsibilities and be asked to commit to renewing your efforts in writing, as opposed to being berated or threatened with firing; they prefer to coach people out rather than fire or use political means to oust people. It's very much a mix of west coast and European styles - in many cases the best of both worlds.
Relationships are important if you want to advance, just like at any company, but I've never heard of someone being held accountable for anything unjustly or without appropriate evidence, in any part of the company. I wouldn't doubt that it happens, but the focus on genuine accountability rather than blame games is salient, from retail to executives.
Honestly it's an overall great company to work for, as long as you're willing to work hard, aren't expecting top-tier tech salary, and are capable of a certain degree of political correctness (although cursing isn't generally frowned upon since Legere started doing it at meetings and in presentations seen by the whole company, though that might depend on your team). The company culture is generally politically liberal, but nobody is shy about being a Republican; I know Trump voters in the retail side who don't get any guff or suffer internal political consequences.
It's a good company. From what I hear about Sprint's internal workings, or those of any carrier for that matter, you should be happy for the upgrade if you become a T-Mobile employee. I worked at AT&T for a while before coming here, and the difference is palpable.Oct 6, 2017 7
- We get stuff done and we execute. That’s the long and the short of it
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- Literally everyone who works for TMobile gets awesome benefits: stock contributions every year, awesome healthcare, generous PTO...it's good.
You will be happy.
- I hear thier healthcare deductibles aren't $6k a year, so that's a start.
- So what I gather is there is a lot of bickering within the company. Great representation gents. Now say something hateful to me since I embarrassed you.
C'mon seriously. This started as a question about how things are, meaning do things generally get done in the network side or is there analysis paralysis? Do break fix solutions get resolved quickly, does capacity get executed in timely? Do large programs stall forever because of plan changes and financial changes? That stuff, not whether you're in "cruise control" and whack your bologna in the bathroom cause you're given it that extra 10%.
- Their COO of technology quit. He probably realizes Masa is running a shell game. Let’s see how that CAPEX investment happens with those massive debt payments. Maybe Softbank will loan Sprint money at 15% interest.
- Benefits are um kinda , ok bad. The health care cost is high as you pay that big ass deductible first. Of course, some of us moved from Sprint to Ericsson then back. Ericsson had full paid healthcare. So yes we got spoiled during the 7 year outsource. We got treated like shit by our previous network dev Sprint peers. Now that we are back, that relationship has gotten better. Of course we have some of the same politics, delays from old Sprint. The new execs have pushed the boundary and we gave seen some great network improvements. But unfortunately we are still somewhat stiffled by our mgmt. This last year we have gotten excited, now curious what this merger will do.
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- Sprint qQbB20How do people seeing this play out tech-wise. Sprint devices monitor 3 different spectrum bands and have many different formats of eNB antennas being deployed. Network merging seems like a massive challenge.
- So what do you Sprint people think of all the management changes? https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/exclusive-marcelo-claure-s-full-memo-explaining-sprint-s-new-management-reorg