Call center confessions: 3 calls I slammed the phone on.

Ashton Deroy 3 calls I slammed

Ashton Deroy writes: This is a conversational blog. That being said I will not censor who I worked for. In compliance with privacy regulations, I will not recall customer names or any details of accounts. Here is how it is though. If I worked for you or your client I am going to write about it. The only damage I can really do is alienate myself from the telecom industry. An industry I decided to retire from as a matter of health.

That is just a fact of life. In my call center career, I have worked for StarTek, Hinduja Global Services, Concentrix, Stream, Teleperformance and AND Agency. Some of this will also be from my recollections of memories & personal storytelling as is custom with many blogs.

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Call Center: Teleperformance

Client: Windstream

Problem: Phone out of service, requires fixing right away.

Okay so in this call picture an afternoon, where I am already high on caffeine pills in Downtown Toronto by Eglington at Teleperformance. I talk to the lady on the phone and she is upset because her phone isn’t working. I tell her something like we will get a tech out there a month from the call. She starts screaming, “This is unacceptable! I want a manager!” I hung up… No, I will not win any Tech support of the year awards for that. Why did I hang up? Well, escalating is pointless in tech support. Managers can’t credit customers more, they don’t have magical call taking powers that make a technician available. I just thought rather than drive up my call handle time with a pointless call flow I would just hang up! SLAMMED

“Sorry, you have no phone service but there is nothing we can do as a service vendor.” 

T-Mobile for business

Call Center: StarTek

Client: T-Mobile

Problem: My bill seems too expensive. Debating the company accountant!

Okay, so this was an early morning call-in Kingston. This customer calls in and he says his bill is too high. This is a business service line I am working on. Turns out this guy is the company’s accountant and after 1 hour of examining this lunatic’s bill line by line. He is ready to go again. I am autistic and I have a learning disability related to math. So I just, go ahead and hang up! SLAMMED!

“They paid me $11 an hour. That is hardly enough to justify learning math at the accountant’s level.”

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Call center: S&P Data

Client: Shaw Cable

Problem: I am a telemarketer!

I was telemarketing at S&P Data in Trenton. Basically, my job was to sell a home phone line to Shaw Cable customers. This was my second job after getting a certificate in Digital Marketing & I hated it! So, as usual, I call someone’s home. They let me do my full sales pitch for some sadistic reason. Then the person just starts going ape s**** on me! I mean they just let me have it. Explaining how I am such a foreign piece s**** for calling them in Alberta and they don’t even know me! Then I am asking them to buy something. I can’t say I blame them but the rant went on too long. So I hang up! SLAMMED! 

“In parts of Alberta, it is a bit of custom to gain personal relationships with Business salespeople. The anonymity of call centers has  been largely criticized as a poor way of approaching business relationships & in many places Telemarketing is an offensive practice.”

Listen I was never an employee of the month at a call center. If I was that certainly would not be as interesting to write about. I think the worst thing about these places is, me hanging up on the people I did was not that irrational. The customer at WindStream tried to abuse me with hierarchy, the T-Mobile customer abused me in relation to capacity for logic & reasoning & the Telemarketing customer simply scolded me! Phones have a hangup option for a reason. I am damn proud I pressed it.

Want to read a positive workplace story? Read about my experience working for Hawkins Cheezies. Like anybody living on the edge, there are winning points in my life where I show true character. Then there are other times where I have to bail on my responsibilities for one reason or another.

Windstream: Not suitable for emergencies.

Windstream, Not suitable for emergenciesAshton Deroy writes: In Arkansas, Windstream is not suitable for emergencies. What do you when a company offers a home phone service, which is legally supposed to provide a home phone suitable for emergencies but they are not? I am an ex technical support representative through Teleperformance.

I had to quit the company because I got tired of letting down our customers the same way every day. When your phone is down? Fix the things! Now, of course, there are major problems that contributed to the issues. 1. We do not have enough technicians. Probably because the job is complete crap. 2. Windstream really does not have anyone holding the company accountable. 3. Most of the customers have no other options for ISP providers.

 

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Ashton Deroy Writes: It is January 7th & time to get back to work. Your business has information releases to put out, location tags to make present and a search engine strategy ready to scream your location to customers. I am Ashton Deroy and I have a background in Digital Marketing, Tourism & Creative Advertising. I want to get you out their with a blogging campaign that will explode your business. 

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I have worked customer service for these companies as apart of their telecom outsourcing:

  • Rogers Communications
  • Hewlett & Packard
  • Greenwich Associates

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