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Oct 6, 2017 35 Comments

So how about some info from tmobile network teams, on how it is to work there.

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  • Sprint NVTB50
    OP
    Curious about the internal network stuff, teams as well. If things break is it just crazy politics?
    Oct 6, 2017 2
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      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
    • T-Mobile / Eng ytimeP
      Well said!
      Oct 7, 2017
  • T-Mobile qWnh37
    Corporate culture is also very friendly and transparent.
    Oct 6, 2017 4
    • T-Mobile / Eng ytimeP
      LOL
      Oct 7, 2017
    • T-Mobile / Sales
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      As with any company though, there are always some dicks...
      Oct 19, 2017
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      Yep, unfortunately assholes do exist.
      Oct 19, 2017
    • T-Mobile / Eng SmileMask
      Oct 19, 2017
  • T-Mobile
    yxiP78

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    We get stuff done and we execute. That’s the long and the short of it
    Oct 6, 2017 2
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      Like I said...German owned.
      Oct 6, 2017
    • T-Mobile / Eng 630repst
      Yea mane!
      Oct 15, 2017
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    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      Says the guy who talks about "going on cruise control"

      "I don't work hard and I'm not getting promoted 😭😭"
      Oct 6, 2017
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      If you've been promoted, why are you bitching about the lack of upward mobility? Want us to just make you CTO already?
      Oct 6, 2017
  • T-Mobile qWnh37
    Literally everyone who works for TMobile gets awesome benefits: stock contributions every year, awesome healthcare, generous PTO...it's good.

    You will be happy.
    Oct 6, 2017 1
    • Sprint NVTB50
      OP
      Sounds good
      Oct 6, 2017
  • Sprint cEjt63
    I hear thier healthcare deductibles aren't $6k a year, so that's a start.
    Oct 6, 2017 1
    • T-Mobile
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      FML if that’s the case.
      Oct 6, 2017
  • T-Mobile
    yxiP78

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    I like working at T-Mobile. I’ve worked at Sprint before as a vendor. I don’t know how it wouldn’t be an upgrade in every way, unless some of the morons you have on top and middle management get positions they shouldn’t get.
    Oct 6, 2017 0
  • Sprint cEjt63
    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%.
    Oct 6, 2017 0
  • T-Mobile
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    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.
    Nov 19, 2017 1
    • Sprint sprinting
      Sprint provides more than 70% of SoftBank revenue. (Logistics, marketing, pos, wholesale, device insurance and leasing plan , IT, network buildout, etc) The deal foiled because he wanted to add T-mobile as revenue source too.
      Nov 21, 2017
  • T-Mobile / Eng 630repst
    I love working at T-Mobile. No company is perfect but the company is always forward thinking and pushing the network.
    Oct 15, 2017 0
  • Sprint NVTB50
    OP
    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.
    Oct 6, 2017 0
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    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      You won't be put in charge of a fucking shoebox by anyone with brains if you have that mentality.
      Oct 6, 2017
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      Somehow I seriously doubt that
      Oct 6, 2017
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      Ok fucboi
      Oct 6, 2017
  • Sprint qQbB20
    How 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.
    Oct 7, 2017 2
    • Sprint barca20
      Been wondering the same thing. I am employed by Sprint and am not 100% sure how they will make this work.
      Oct 13, 2017
    • T-Mobile qWnh37
      Engineers at Sprint probably don't have much to worry about...
      Oct 15, 2017
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    Nov 21, 2017 0
  • Sprint sprinting
    SoftBank would never put investment back into Sprint. Sprint is SoftBank’s bitch.
    Nov 19, 2017 0
  • T-Mobile / Eng 64Ytse5
    I think Sprint people are probably relieved. Kansas City was about to be destroyed. Now Softbank may put some real money into Sprint to prove something.
    Nov 14, 2017 0
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    Too bad. Masa has got an enormous ego, it seems. How are the Sprint people feeling about it?
    Nov 4, 2017 0
  • Sprint NVTB50
    OP
    Guess the merger is off...
    Nov 4, 2017 0
  • T-Mobile
    yxiP78

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    The bad things with mergers is you can get the worst of both. I am really afraid of that. So for the Sprint guys - what are your benefits and stuff like?
    Oct 6, 2017 0