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Review averages

  • 22 employees say

    Excellent (6)
    27.272727272727%
    Good (2)
    9.0909090909091%
    Satisfactory (4)
    18.181818181818%
    Subpar (10)
    45.454545454545%
    2.67
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Wireless Advocates

Reviews - What employees say

2.67 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 27.Mar 2018
  • Employee

Meh.....

1.56

Suggestions for improvement

  • New Management, from top all the way down.

What I like about the company

Good money

What I dislike about the company

Nothing

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    Wireless Advocates LLC
  • City
    Baltimore
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Marketing/product management
  • 22.Mar 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The company tries to create a fun culture but it always seems contrived.

Support from management

Very little useful feedback. My supervisor didn't have a clue what I was working on and in many cases within my direct group we set our own priorities.

Teamwork

The teamwork for interacting with direct co-workers was excellent. Between departments it became pained as everyone had completely different goals and priorities.

Freedom to work independently

Depending on the project you were working on this was possible. The company was also fairly flexible on people working from home on days when they had other issues to deal with (doctor, dentist, car servicing, etc).

Internal Communication

There were monthly company stand-ups but they never really addressed issues my department was interested in.

Gender Equality

It appeared to my to be equitable. There were several cases of inappropriate behavior that occurred and were dealt with quickly and the offenders were typically fired. This was not wide spread as far as I could see.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Many of the people I worked with were in the 40-63 age range. There was not the typical very young skewed work group prevalent in other Seattle companies.

Career Development

It was available but you had to pursue it completely on your own time.

Overall compensation for your work

My salary was fair. However there were no other perks other than days off. Health care was almost the bare minimum, no bonuses. Company events always felt kind of cheap. The company had a 401K but the match was virtually non-existant. It was discretionary and over my time there amounted to less than 1000 dollars.

Office / Work Environment

Open seating. Good and bad. Nice adjustable height desks. Easy to communicate within the group. However, when you are trying to focus there was a high level of chatter on the floor in general. Required putting on headphones and listening to music to really focus. Not ideal when I was trying to be deep in though, such as debugging a complicated issue.

Environmental Friendliness

Everyone was very nice and respectful with each other.

Work-Life Balance

Very predictable work hours and a lot of flexibility in setting your own hours. You get 2 weeks of vacation + 5 personal days + 5 holidays. Don't work in retail if you want the Friday after thanksgiving off. :). You did get an additional week of vacation after 3 years.

Company Image

I don't have a good feel for this. I guess it was ok. Most people probably viewed the wireless kiosks as being part of Costco.

Job Security

Considering I was laid off I am marking it low. This was a fairly rare event though.

Handicapped Accessibility

As far as I could see the company tried very hard to accomodate needs.

Workplace Safety

There's not a ton of safety issues in an IT department. However, there were all of the required Medicine cabinets, defribulators, etc.

Challenging Work

No. Pretty boring actually. I worked on a couple of projects that were fun. Most were maintenance or debugging issues.

Inclusive / Diverse

It was a typically diverse Seattle group (which tends to be very diverse).

Suggestions for improvement

  • The company feels top-heavy. Worse than that, those top-heavy executives, managers, supervisors have frequent turnover and become technically void project managers. It just feels like there was no real vision coming from the top.

What I like about the company

I liked that I was not over-managed. I didn't have anyone telling me exactly what and how to do everything. This can take away your ownership of a project. On the other hand I would have liked someone who I could periodically explain issues and status to that would understand what I was saying.

What I dislike about the company

Speaking from the point of view of IT I felt we were viewed by senior management as overhead and a necessary evil. We were typically given a deadline and then asked to make a schedule so in some cases unrealistic goals were not met. Programmers were split between doing ongoing maintenance and addressing unexpected fixes or features and still being able to focus on and achieve larger project schedules.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Wireless Advocates LLC
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered Pet friendly/Pets allowed is offered
  • 08.Feb 2018
  • Employee

BAD SCENE

1.72

What I like about the company

Nothing

What I dislike about the company

Everything

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00
  • Company
    Wireless Advocates
  • City
    Novato
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

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Review averages

  • 22 employees say

    Excellent (6)
    27.272727272727%
    Good (2)
    9.0909090909091%
    Satisfactory (4)
    18.181818181818%
    Subpar (10)
    45.454545454545%
    2.67
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Wireless Advocates
2.67
22 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.18
114,165 reviews

kununu average
3.30
2,660,000 reviews