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Poor Salary, Poor Culture
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON15 March 2019
Typical call centre culture with poor, inexperienced senior management that operate in cliches. Salary is barely enough to live on.
The Ally Bank campaign have no regard for outside of work life, and if you’re given a shift that doesn’t suit your lifestyle then tough - they won’t accomodate.
They have such a high turnover of staff - out of 25 people in our training group, about 8 remain 3 months later.
Pros
I met some good friends
Cons
Everything else
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Worst Occupation That You Will EVER Have
Order Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON12 February 2019
Hands down the worst job I've had in 10+ years. Management and the company itself doesn't care about the safety, mental health or happiness of their employees what so ever. When everything else (schools, government jobs, malls) is shut down for inclement weather - Arvato will be the only company to force you to come to work unless you want to be written up or fired. HR is brutal and report every single word you said to higher up management. Your shift will change every few weeks/months based on what shift they need covered at the time. You will have to work "makeup" shifts for taking Christmas, Thanksgiving and any other important holidays off. You get absolutely no paid sick says. You get no vacation pay you work for it and they will deny every request to use it until you quit. DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND JUST DON'T.
Pros
Literally not a thing
Cons
Management, pay, mental pressure, lack of compassion for any employees.
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Foose ball in cafeteria room
System Administrator (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON1 February 2019
Good copmpany for starters
No growth in the copmpany
Tranisition of employees is very high.
Company Benefits are good like Message , Physio, Dental and Eye .
RRSP contributoin is great
Annual bonus based on your performance.
Pros
RRSP contributoin is great
Cons
No growth in the copmpany
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Call Center Typical
Retention Agent (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON18 January 2019
Great team of colleagues, at the time the company was just establishing itself in Kitchener, On. Approachable team leads. Room for movement at the time.
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fun place however pay very low with very low yearly increases
CSR/In Team Quality Coach (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON12 January 2019
Very busy atmosphere
Great people
Good Training
Very low pay for expected duties
Very low yearly raises …. less than 50 cents
Many activities...Christmas lunch, summer bbq, potlucks
Pros
Activities, good atmosphere, some growth
Cons
Very low pay, schedule not very flexible, depends who you know to really advance
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Productive and Fast-paced sales
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON10 January 2019
A typical day at Arvato consisted of phone and email inquiries for Ally Bank. You would have to assist with product specific inquiries, process transactions and trouble shoot technical problems. Management was reasonable and fair majority of the time. I found that management was encouraging but strict and they always provided you with guidance and support for any issues that may have occurred.
The hardest part of the role for me was the pay. Considering all the work that is required for the role, i do believe that Arvato underpaid there employees.
However, i did enjoy my time with Arvato (for the most part) and the working environment was pretty good at the time of my employment.
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Uninspired
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Waterloo2 January 2019
The location is very inconvenient - but more importantly is the overwhelming training environment; it feels very rushed and sloppy in terms of the company responsibility, however, high expectations remain set on employees. After my interview process and hiring paperwork had been submitted, I was told the position was no longer available and was offered an alternative; after obviously accepting, I was scheduled to begin a training program in the coming weeks. The training seemed very forced and unprepared, despite being scheduled. Information differs from the material provided to trainees vs the material supplied by the facilitator on overheads. Many system errors and program crashes- more often than not, actually- prevents most of the hands on, practical training to be effective. Most training environment programs are also extremely limited as to what can be executed, which is incredibly frustrating as someone trying to retain and apply the information given. Weekly tests only encourage pressure and stress while feeling desperately unprepared (for a position I didn’t necessarily apply for), despite being attentive and diligent in my notes (that I’m unable to save to a drive that supposedly should have been provided also). The company fails to provide things that are of high importance to us- yet unsupplied, such as personal lockers, and personal login information. Considering this is a telecommunications company, I definitely expected the entire experience to be much more regimented and organized, especially considering how much they stress the importance of security of personal  more... information. This not only doesn’t seem like an appropriate contact to hire “just anyone” for- but moreover, the company outright fails to provide the expected tools to create a stable and successful work place. The high turnover of employment is not surprising in the least.  less
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Guaranteed hours
Cons
Poor location, disorganized structure
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Call Center Representative
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON24 December 2018
As a representative, you were handling inbound calls or chats. You learned to process requests in a timely manner and meet call requirements. The people were great and friendly. They were willing to help each other when possible.
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Great Call Center
Real Time Analyst (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON11 December 2018
I've spent 2 years here with Arvato and they offer a lot of opportunity. After 8 short months I was given a promotion and had the chance to learn a different job field without the college qualifications. There are a lot of great people here and I would recommend it to anyone.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Too far of a commute
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Typical call center
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON4 December 2018
Not a horrible job if you can handle constant evaluations and talking to people on the phone. This job is a lot of assisting and educating customers. Lots of talk of advancement in the company but often seems as though its a game of who is the favorite of the week. Hardest part of this job is being able to deal with an instance of someone committing fraud or when a customer has been misinformed.
Pros
occasional free food
Cons
Location, transportation.
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Truth in Employment
Customer Care Representative (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON25 November 2018
This is an inbound call centre with the majority of your time on back to back calls and with metrics you must meet.

Coaching is provided from the management and quality control team.

Coaching will always be diverted till the calls in queue provide time for you to be relieved from the phone. This may compromise metrics to which you will still be held accountable for.

Your metrics will help determine if you are eligible for a shift of your choice and Quality Control is based on client oriented info coupled with an independent judgement by the individual reviewer.

Metrics include:
- Average Handle Time
* Hold + Talk Time + Wrap = Average Handle Time
- Quality how well you adhered to policy, procedure and if you sounded appropriate to the Quality Control reviewer.

Shifts are bid on (change), once every 3-6 months.

I find the hardest part of the job is;
Trying to calm down frustrated customers.
Having to ask permission to assist with most account reconciliations.
Slow intranet speeds that decrease the ability to meet standard metrics.

Management is chosen from in house interviews by personality and not necessarily job performance. Social elites usually get promoted to next tier help and team leads.

There currently is no real workplace culture. The call queue is usually too full for many in house social activities between co-workers and/or management.

Work life balance is difficult as the call centre wants to make money and as night shifts become busy you may get assigned to an afternoon or night shift based on your metrics.

This is a worldwide
  more... company that must stay accountable to their shareholders.

To ensure shareholders get paid well, this company minimum wage to start with no more than a 3% raise each year for the Care Representative if they determine you've earned it. (They do not believe in a Living Wage).

You can learn a variety of banking information that has potential to assist you with other employment opportunities or a greater understanding of the financial banking world.

You don't have to pay for parking and it's close to Walmart so you can shop before going home.
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Pros
Free parking & Walmart
Cons
Low wages and mental illness
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Like going back to high school
Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON24 November 2018
Be prepared for drama and tons of office politics. If your supervisors don’t like you they WILL put pressure on you to quit. Tons of supervisors shilling MLM products on the floor and HR is completely useless if you have an issue because they’re all friends. Racism and transphobia are rampant especially in smaller campaigns. Be aware of what you’re getting into because it’s like going back to high school with all the petty drama.
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nothing positive
Technical Support Representative (Current Employee) –  Kitchener, ON4 November 2018
nothing positive . do not join . extremely bad location no help from management for transportation . no respect for workers . unable to give a positive revive
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Good work environment
HR (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON29 October 2018
Arvato is a good company to work with. The people are friendly and there is always someone available to assist you if you have any questions or require additional training.
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fun place
Project Manager (Contract) (Former Employee) –  Ontario7 October 2018
very laid back work environment.
fun but very poor pay.
but the work place itself is fun and the company provides a lot of training in fields where u could find interesting.
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Customer Service
National Sales Agent and Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON14 September 2018
I excelled in both inbound and outbound sales. Outbound sales are very tricky, as I was required to call random people and offer them our services. I loved finding the best packages for every particular customer and getting new customers to sing up with us was very rewarding.
Pros
Great atmosphere
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flexible work environment with good coworkers
IT Support Administrator (Former Employee) –  Dublin10 September 2018
A typical day as transaction specialist is mad by reviewing order and Exchange of email with other customers. You usually need to focus on the rules (change very often). At end of the month there is a lot of hours to do, but you will get days off in the month begin
Pros
nice people
Cons
long hours on end of months
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management doesn't care about you
Call Centre Agent (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON24 August 2018
you're there to take calls and be perfect...if you're not it's your fault...never the training...never the stress of an abusive caller ....also...dont be surprised by suicide jokes from team leaders and managers
Pros
they hire anyone and everyone
Cons
everything
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Customer Service Associate
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Kitchener, ON17 August 2018
Handle incoming customer calls and assist with general needs via phone or chat. I was able to learn how to effectively handle customer's requests. I worked well the management team and had a good working relationship with coworkers. The part of the job that was the most unpleasant was the commute. I do like the people that I work with and helping customers.
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enjoyable environment
Technical Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON8 August 2018
Fun place to work but not for a career. Good benefits. quarterly shift bid. great co-workers but management could be a little more organized. overall i enjoyed my time there.
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