Many Legacy TW employees who now work for Level 3 Communications (Lone Tree, CO) are being laid off today. All departments, management, techs, engineers. FYI.
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Level 3 communications has no mercy on human dignity or knowing exactly who is a human asset in their organization. Their value is in systems and trying to improve systems that have poor performance quality, but yet their tolerance for systems is overlooked to people. Don't think your going to have a career with Level 3. You are better off contracting with them until you find something better. Their organization is a fly by night with no true skill sets and overtime this will finally take Level 3 down and their days of laying people off will be over. It is a relentless organization that thinks of hiring people that know other people with no education or real skills. Their efforts are maximized with short term gain from individuals that invest in a hope of working there long term is under false pertense and their hard work is quickly dismissed.
The axe hit me on Wednesday. I know others who got hit Thursday. From what I heard, it was mostly former TW employees and 'bad performing' Level 3 ppl. About 1000 total. Like the first poster said, I was also disappointed by how Level 3 is run. In the defense of Level 3, they have grown mainly thru acquisition. The result is that none of the systems 'talk' to each other and it is almost impossible to get anything done. And almost ZERO ownership by anyone. They have former Global Crossing, TW, Level 3 and other systems. They are still all pretty much separate from each other. PPL are the things least valued. Level 3 has a bad reputation of laying ppl off when things get a little dicey for them. I have not had such a 'I hate to get up and go to work attitude' in a very long time. I view my layoff as a blessing. Too bad most of us former TW types cant get back together and form a good company like TW.
Trust me, you'll be better off for it. I was legacy TWTC and loved the company, wish I was still there. I made the transition to L3 and lasted until late July when I voluntarily left for another job. I was disappointed with how poorly L3 is run. They could not care less about running a good company, only about saving a dollar at any cost. Frankly, I hope they go out of business. It is, bar none the worst company I have ever worked for. They had no business buying a metro company since they clearly had no idea what to do with it.
I was laid off yesterday. In my department all the lay offs were TW employees which I was one of.
Apparently it was company wide...Broomfield, other offices too. Level 3 and Legacy TW. Estimated 5% of the total workforce across the country. Sorry to all who were laid off, hopefully they left you with some cushion / severance.
I was with TWC. Lasted through the merger and for a while at L3. The axe hit me today.