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AT&T Employees Sending Mixed Signals in New Vault Employee Surveys
[March 31, 2005]

AT&T Employees Sending Mixed Signals in New Vault Employee Surveys

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- March 31, 2005 -- AT&T (NYSE: T) employees are sending mixed signals on their company's future in view of the pending merger of AT&T and SBC Communications, New York research firm Vault has found in new employee surveys. The survey results, published today, can be accessed on

Vault's employee surveys give investors and jobseekers insight into the company's business operations.

Says a senior technical associate, "Outlook for AT&T seems dismal. Upper management doesn't seem to have a clearly defined long-term business plan. Changes directions too often. Changes happen too late, cost too much and accomplish too little. Slow to react to market forces. All earnings improvements are the result of force reductions. If force reductions continue, I anticipate major network failures. Also foresee greatly reduced ability to respond to customer's needs."

For survey results, visit:

A former field service manager writes, "Many positions offer the option of working from home instead of office. Very loose management style, very little micromanagement. General independence in your job. (But) very company-orientated as opposed to employee-orientated, it is always what you are going to do for AT&T. Constant layoffs or rumors of layoffs. No raises or merit increases for the last several years in an effort to cut costs without cutting jobs."

An enterprise account executive observes, "With the pending acquisition of AT&T by SBC, it is the end of an American icon... because of lack of focus and execution of a core strategy, and forgetting that the customer is the most important asset."

To see more excerpts from the surveys, click here:

To fill out a survey on AT&T (or another public company), click here:

Neither Vault nor its employee surveys are endorsed by or affiliated with AT&T Computer.


Vault, Inc. is the leading media company focused on careers. Vault's primary offering is its web site,, which features "insider" workplace information on over 5,000 companies, expert career articles on more than 70 industries, and an industry-focused job board. Offline, Vault offers the Vault Career Library, a series of more than 100 nationally distributed career-focused print books.

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