AT&T Premises Technician Pay?...
Rancho

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#7374 Aug 30, 2013
just received my background paperwork. hopefully I hear something soon. (term splicing tech position)
imnotfunny

Cerritos, CA

#7375 Aug 31, 2013
Just got my bgc in email. They only go back 5 years on employment verification.

is that how they figure pay rate? if so they need to go back further...
tlavery

Sacramento, CA

#7376 Aug 31, 2013
Milwaukee PT wrote:
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This is best asked of the union but my understanding is as follows
1) Regular Limited Term Employee: one hired for a specific project or a limited period of time with the definite understanding that their employment will terminate upon the completion of the project or at the end of the period, and whose employment is expected to continue for more than one year, but.....not longer than 24 months.
It is my understanding that if not work completed within 2 years your status is changed to regular full time employee.
2) limited term employees cannot bid on any regular full time job only regular employees may apply for other inside jobs.
My understanding here is if find job yoy want (network) is posted outside (off the street) may apply if listing is only for internal employees may not apply.
3) Surplussed CSS (regular full time employee, not a temp) may replace a low seniority PT if CSS qualifies for the job and must undergo training. Max of 12% of PT workforce in an area can be surplussed CSS
4) Service Tech, Construction tech, Network Tech, and Inventory Specialist....the total in this group cannot exceed 25% of all top craft workers.
It is my understanding that current hiring for CSS (MW), OPT, splicers in other regions are limited term employment.
That is not to say if you impress they might keep you but only very limited number of openings.
In addition if need to reduce workforce, low man is surplussed. Some of the CSS techs I have talked to have 12 to 15 years with the company, are low in seniority in their garages compared to guys 25-40 years. A young man hired out of high school in 1975, worked his way up to craft position in 2013 has 38 years with company and maybe only 56, 57 years of age. Will retire one day but not tomorrow.
Also know two individuals with degrees in IT doing prem work, one for 4 years.
My advice, take the job, ask questions, do the best you can and hope for the best plan for the worst. Statistical speaking will be looking for another job by end 2015, so save and make no long term purchases.
I have one correction to this post......TERM employees may apply for internal job postings after time and title is achieved........I posted about this not too long ago, so if you search fory name you should find it easily.
tlavery

Sacramento, CA

#7377 Aug 31, 2013
tlavery wrote:
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Unfortunately, my information was correct. You are spreading inaccurate information. I got a copy of the AUTS Employee User Guide emailed to me by the union and it states:
"Employment Status
You must be a regular full-time,regular part-time non-management, or Term employee on the active payroll. Temporary or occasional employees are excluded from AUTS."
I spoke with Heather and I'm sure she would be more than happy to send the file to you as well.
Here is the information I was referring to.
Premtechdallas

Mesquite, TX

#7378 Aug 31, 2013
thebigwilson wrote:
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By phone and email. I recieved my final offer on the 5th of August and have oreintation August 13 and leave fo training on the 15. They said it could possibly be Dallas, it maybe somewhere else.(Oklahoma City or Kansas City)
I was told I was starting training august or September in Dallas but am yet to hear anything! Had my Rjp on august first
imnotfunny

Cerritos, CA

#7379 Sep 1, 2013
happy labor day weekend everyone...

whats up with the company ipad an phone? is it strictly company use (obviously) or some personal use ok? take them home or do you check them out everyday?
PremTech

Covina, CA

#7380 Sep 2, 2013
imnotfunny wrote:
happy labor day weekend everyone...
whats up with the company ipad an phone? is it strictly company use (obviously) or some personal use ok? take them home or do you check them out everyday?
Company use only and all activity on it is monitored very closely. Must leave it in your locker at work at the end of the day, never take it home.
Blinkarmy

Los Angeles, CA

#7381 Sep 2, 2013
This forum has helped a lot.. Thank you to everyone who was contributed. Hope all of you get hired.. Have my orientation on Friday. Let's see how it goes.
Rancho

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#7382 Sep 2, 2013
Does anyone know if you can collect GI Bill benefits while training for the splicing tech positions. Or any positions really?
imnotfunny

Cerritos, CA

#7383 Sep 3, 2013
I got the call just now! Lady was real nice, was trying to get me highest pay possible. They only go back 3 years for employment verification. I Have orientation on the 27th.

thanks to everyone on the forum!
Rancho

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#7384 Sep 3, 2013
imnotfunny wrote:
I got the call just now! Lady was real nice, was trying to get me highest pay possible. They only go back 3 years for employment verification. I Have orientation on the 27th.
thanks to everyone on the forum!
congrats!! what they get u in at?
AltiloquentM

Los Angeles, CA

#7385 Sep 3, 2013
Rancho wrote:
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congrats!! what they get u in at?
Congrats man.
Hopefully I get a call soon as well. its almost been two weeks since my background check was finished.
Milwaukee PT

Plymouth, WI

#7386 Sep 4, 2013
imnotfunny wrote:
happy labor day weekend everyone...
whats up with the company ipad an phone? is it strictly company use (obviously) or some personal use ok? take them home or do you check them out everyday?
You should receive equipment during training, so from this time till time you hit your garage and assigned a locker you will be taking equipment home. For business use only.

Concerning personal phone, to be turned off during work hours, except when on break or lunch.
No phone use, business or personal, while operating company vehicle.
No phone use while with a customer, your focus is on the job, return missed business calls when not with customer.

Concept is phone usage while on job increases possible mistakes or improper job performance.
When with client they are your immediate number one priority.

For family emergency, family contacts ATT who contacts manager who contacts you.

For tlavery, good to see your still around, how is husband doing, likes or dislikes compared to previous employment?

Since: Aug 13

Location hidden

#7387 Sep 4, 2013
Prem Tech wrote:
I am a prem tech for AT&T. I have been installing U-Verse for over a year. I wouldn't recommend taking the Job in Dallas. I am currently loaned out to Dallas from my market in another city to help out. U-Verse is a disaster here. It is plagued by mis-management, shoddy planning, and poorly trained / idiotic prem techs. It is a much better idea to try to get hired as one of the first prem techs in a new U-Verse market. Since AT&T is a union company, everything is based on senority. Our union contract is up in April of '09. There are an exorbent amount of I/R, ELM, and Pair Gain techs that will retire before the contract is up. Prem Techs that are in the upper levels of seniority, like myself, will be able to transfer to these open postitions. Which all pay 30+ an hour. I look at this position as if I was an apprentice. Its all about the light at the end of the tunnel. Prem techs do five times as much work (Not an exaggeration in the least.) as the previously mentioned technical postions and get half the pay. I compensate for the low pay with overtime and per diem. Truthfully I actually enjoy the job and the people I work with... but its not for everybody.
I am not in the market for a job with ATT or anything but I have UVerse here and it really sucks. When I call technical support, they can't help me. And when people come out, not much changes. Thank you for the confirmation.

Since: Aug 12

Elk Grove, CA

#7388 Sep 4, 2013
Milwaukee PT wrote:
For tlavery, good to see your still around, how is husband doing, likes or dislikes compared to previous employment?
Howdy ;) My husband is a TERM splicing tech for those of you who are new here. He is liking the position so far. Things are getting a bit tough with making numbers. There are certain tasks that physically are IMPOSSIBLE to complete in the time allotted, so you have to make up for it on other tasks. His boss is new and still remembers the challenges of being out in the field, so he tries to move them to tasks that will help them catch up if they fall behind because of tasks that aren't able to be completed in the allotted time.

One thing that I'm not sure has been addressed here that I thought I'd touch on........if you get sick in the first 6 months CRAWL into work!! DO NOT MISS WORK FOR ANY REASON! Unless of course you are in the hospital in a coma! Seriously CRAWL in if you have to! It's a BIG deal! We learned that the hard way. He woke up sick and let's just say that there was no way he was going to be able to make the drive to work unless he had a porta potty in tow. Sorry too much information I know. He got a warning in his file and had to have a meeting with the union rep. the morning when he returned. So WHATEVER you have to do, but GET TO WORK! Don't learn the hard way like we did!
Milwaukee PT

Plymouth, WI

#7389 Sep 4, 2013
tlavery wrote:
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One thing that I'm not sure has been addressed here that I thought I'd touch on........if you get sick in the first 6 months CRAWL into work!! DO NOT MISS WORK FOR ANY REASON! Unless of course you are in the hospital in a coma! Seriously CRAWL in if you have to! It's a BIG deal! We learned that the hard way. He woke up sick and let's just say that there was no way he was going to be able to make the drive to work unless he had a porta potty in tow. Sorry too much information I know. He got a warning in his file and had to have a meeting with the union rep. the morning when he returned. So WHATEVER you have to do, but GET TO WORK! Don't learn the hard way like we did!
That is true, until you make six months, no real benefits for sick days, personal days or vacation days.
In addition something that has been discussed before and is worth repeating, BE ON TIME.
Orientation, training, rides, work....reported if not present when orientation starts, locked out, lost job before started. During training if fail a required section
7 during pole climbing, i believe..2 during safety week, wiring week final, product week final...a manager will be called and you will escorted out of building.
Once in garage,tardiness will get you released....please learn what is expected.
get trainers and managers numbers, if any issue with health, auto, family notify one right away.
AustinPT

Houston, TX

#7390 Sep 4, 2013
Hey everybody Im 20 years old just got offered the PT job in Austin Texas i start orientation on sept.20 then training on sept.23. What am I supposed to wear to orientation? Do I go casual business like I did for the interview or dressed in work attire? And another question, which tests are fail and go home? I know the pole climbing test is but what are the other tests? Are they difficult or common sense? And how can I assure that I won't fail.
PremTech

Covina, CA

#7391 Sep 4, 2013
AustinPT wrote:
Hey everybody Im 20 years old just got offered the PT job in Austin Texas i start orientation on sept.20 then training on sept.23. What am I supposed to wear to orientation? Do I go casual business like I did for the interview or dressed in work attire? And another question, which tests are fail and go home? I know the pole climbing test is but what are the other tests? Are they difficult or common sense? And how can I assure that I won't fail.
Dress like you did for your interview during orientation.

There are 3 Pass or Fail tests if I remember correctly, Pole Climbing, U-Verse Wire Week, CPE (customer service and products) week. They aren't to bad if you pay attention and take good notes.

Congrats on getting hired.
woodstabber

North Hills, CA

#7392 Sep 4, 2013
looked in past posts and couldn't find...if you leave AT&T and want to return, what is the minimum time that has to pass before they consider you for positions again? I thought it was 6 months but don't know for sure. At the time I wasn't able to really give a 2 weeks notice, so I hope I'm not barred forever lol
AustinPT

Lenexa, KS

#7393 Sep 4, 2013
PremTech wrote:
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Dress like you did for your interview during orientation.
There are 3 Pass or Fail tests if I remember correctly, Pole Climbing, U-Verse Wire Week, CPE (customer service and products) week. They aren't to bad if you pay attention and take good notes.
Congrats on getting hired.
thanks alot!

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