UPDATE: Verizon Adds 300 New Jobs in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Verizon Wireless will add 400 new full-time jobs in Alabama, 300 of them at the company’s call center in Huntsville.

Governor Robert Bentley made the announcement at 3 p.m. at the State Capitol. He was joined by Verizon leaders, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

“Huntsville is a great area of the state, and we’ve been very successful recruiting jobs to the Huntsville area,” said Gov. Bentley. “It’s a testament to the leadership we have in the Huntsville and Madison County area.”

Most of the other 100 jobs are based in the Huntsville area, including Decatur, Madison, Florence, Guntersville and Cullman.  There are also retail positions open in Birmingham and Dothan.

Verizon representatives said the new positions offer competitive salaries and benefits, including health care coverage that begins on the first day of employment, and participation in the company’s 401 (k) program with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 6 percent of an employee’s salary contribution.

“The benefits start on day 1, and what we’re really offering Alabamians is the opportunity to grow a career in a world-class company,” said Michelle Robinson, President of Verizon’s Southeast region.

You can apply for these on Verizon.com/jobs – type 350080 in the search field to pull up the Huntsville posting.  Selected candidates will receive an invitation for a scheduled interview at the Career Open House to be held on Thursday, May 8. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include an opportunity for candidates to learn an overview of available positions, interact with Verizon’s hiring officials and receive a tour of the facility.

“The city of Huntsville has enjoyed a long, thriving partnership with Verizon, and these new jobs will further bolster our economy and bring new people to our wonderful city, which is consistently named as one of the best cities to live and work,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

Verizon Wireless opened its call center in Huntsville in 2007. It employs more than 1,600 employees in Alabama and more than 176,000 company-wide. It has been named one of the best companies for working moms by Working Mother for 13 straight years, and Computer World lists Verizon Wireless as one of the “100 Best Places to Work in IT.”

Verizon also actively recruits military veterans.

“Veterans return home every day and have to begin new lives as civilians,” said Beverly Mullins, executive director – Human Resources, Verizon Wireless. “Verizon recruiters are trained to understand the value of a candidate’s military experience. We believe the tangible and intangible skills add value to our company and help a veteran to thrive in a team environment like ours.”

 

26 comments

    • Teresa

      I am just curious, how do you know they are minimum wage? What do you consider minimum wage? Not being snide, but I was thinking about applying but I thought they would pay higher than that.

      • Sam Spade

        T……..don’t let DA put you off go for it…….some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope………

      • Jason

        Keep in mind Alabama has a very low cost of living relative to the rest of the US. This is also a ground floor position, if you are qualified there are numerous higher paying positions. And don’t write off the benefits. VZW’s medical coverage is among the most comprehensive and competitively priced in the nation. My retired father 27 years military/feds pays more for less coverage. Finally the 401k offerings are quite nice with some very low operating cost / admin cost options and a strong company match.

    • Sam Spade

      How do you know that the jobs are min. wage DA ??
      I AM being snide do yyou work there ??

    • Jason

      Starting pay is over double minimum wage, even before factoring in benefits. Verizon also firmly believes in promoting from within. Assuming you are qualified there are 100s of jobs accross the nation under the Verizon umbrella that pay more then 25$/hr before cost of living adjustments.

    • Jason

      Customer service is the ground floor position, think mail room foot in the door type job. There are many more opportunities for advancement once you’ve proven you can handle an office inviroment.

    • Say What

      I made $13.00 an hour when I worked in a warehouse back in 1995! Is that suppose to be a good wage today?

      • Say What

        Big Earl, you are correct. So what does that say about wages today? People are now working for what a d/a** like me did all the way back in 1995!!!!!

      • Jason

        And factory workers for the big 3 automobile workers back in the day made 70+ $ relative to today’s purchasing power. There is no reason not to applaud a company offering better then competitive pay even if you are trying to champion better pay to labor across the board.

  • Steve Fuller

    Don’t get me wrong on this. But, by the way Bentley ‘ s office acted I was thinking something major like a Boeing or major manufacturer. Verizon is a good company to work for according to those I know who work there. This could have been announced on the six o’clock news though.

    • Say What

      I bet you will vote for that grandstanding Republican simply because he has an R in front of his name!

  • DISAPPOINTED

    I guess $13/hour is not a lot of money if you make more than that but it is much better than letting the people that do work support you while you take hand-outs from the government instead of taking a job that pays money. Everyone now days seems to think everyone else owes them something instead of going out and making something of themselves. No one owes you anything. Take what you can get now and then move up when you show you deserve it!! Of course, free-loaders will disagree with this view :-)

  • Mark Spain

    I know this is not what some of you wanted to hear.. but its better than hearing we are losing 300 jobs… please folks, try to act accordingly

    • Ann dunham

      Me to Juan, my son( Barack) gets me all the chocolate I want, and I have had a lot of chocolate ,if you know what I mean.

    • With love from the Koch brothers

      Me too! Me and my brother get millions of wealthfare money from the government. Thanks to all the working class conservatives that fight our battles for us so that we can continue to rip off the taxpayers! My Tea Party “patriots” are doing me a great job for all the money I gave them! Thanks a million, or a billion — hahahahah!

  • gregoriosnina

    Actually Verizon is a wonderful company to work for. The pay is very good. We get a LOT of paid time off that we can take during the year. We have awesome affordable benefits. Our callcenter has a workout center with coaches that you can join for 15 dollars a month and receive as many one on one sessions with the coaches as you like. We are also given a lot of time off the phones to enjoy trainings and fun activities and Verizon offers a program that will cover college tuition. We also get a bonus every year which normally are more than a couple grand. Verizon is such a Blessing to me and my family!!

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