Well Rick Boucher touted it, as did Gov McDonnell.
Whether they’re called work at home or virtual jobs, 100 of them are coming to Southwest Virginia.
Congressman Rick Boucher made stops in Abingdon, Bluefield and Christiansburg to announce that Direct TV is expanding into the area. “I am pleased to announce that DIRECTV will operate a virtual call center in Southwest Virginia, hiring 100 of our region’s residents to serve as remote agents,’ Boucher said.LINK
Rick says -
"The individuals hired will earn an average of $10 per hour with the possibility of an additional $650 per month based on performance. The workers will also have access to medical, dental and vision insurance and a 401K pension plan."
Ok...."access to health ins"........That $10 bucks just went down...One commenter states they emailed the company and here is the deal-
"I was sent the press release from DirectTV’s call center partner Convergys regarding the jobs and job fair. Jobs are part time; 20 to 28 hours per week. No mention of benefits; must provide own computer; must pay own phone and internet connections. Pay $9/hour. Sounds like Boucher is really reaching for some good employment news."
Sadly, I believe that. First - 100 jobs for the whole SWVA region is not worth mentioning. We all remember when Sykes call centers were first talked about they said $20 per hour jobs....Finding a happy Sykes employee is rare as the truth is they pay less than $12 and very few get 40 hours. Would love to know their turnover rate. It must be huge because they are always hiring.
Gov McDonnell should have stayed clear of this job fluke. That is one press release no one is happy about in the coalfields.