• Report: #412192

Complaint Review: Advanced Communications Inc

  • Submitted: Wed, January 14, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, January 14, 2009

  • Reported By:anonymous Michigan
Advanced Communications Inc
5711 Research Dr. Canton, Bay City, Traverse City, Houghton, Marquette, Iron M, Michigan U.S.A.
  • Phone: 800-825-4224
  • Web:
  • Category: Cable TV

Advanced Communications Inc Unpaid overtime, wage decrease, unauthorized garnishing of wages, equipment ripoff... to name a few Canton, Houghton, Marquette, Iron MountainCanton, Bay City, Traverse City, Houghton, Marquette, Iron Mountain Michigan

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Unfortunately I'm still an ACI employee of a whopping 15 months, been looking for other work for almost that long. I moved to the upper peninsula to get married, and when a job didn't pan out I was stuck at McDonalds. The economy here is even poorer than most and jobs are scarce so when an ACI opportunity came along I had to take it, and I've had to stay

Where to start, where to start

Sometimes the money was good, but since times are tough for ACI as well, they find ways to keep their lifestyle, as are many of the big wigs in companies going down all over the country
Most recently, ACI decided to charge me for cell phone overages. "You used a 1000 minutes over!!!" That's $300 coming out of your check" Yeah..... In october I had a "normal" 60 some hr week, followed by a 70 some hr week, followed by an 80hr week, followed by yes a 90 HOUR WEEK!!! No crap sherlock, more than twice as many hours worked, and you don't think cell usage is going to be way above normal? That's 300hrs in a month, that's more than the big wigs work all year lol
Ok next up.... unpaid overtime. Last year I went back and forth to another city 2 hrs away numerous times. The then regional supervisor said "You are only going to get paid for 2 hrs of driving time per day, we're being very generous". Now that I've looked into it, ANY hrs that you have to travel to another city are considered working hrs and therefore required by law to be paid. I have well over 100 hrs of unpaid overtime

Building upon this... Since I've been driving so much and sometimes during winter production can be low, ACI's pocketed revenue goes down. So what have they done? Last week's check measured in at $7.40 per hour.... ..... .... I made 8/hr at McD(had experience) My contracted rate is $10.48 per hr, with production supposedly enabling that to go "way over" that
Oh and by the way, the cell phone thing, they refused to give me an itemized list of overages, AND my supervisor forged my name on the release document....
Hmm, anything else. lol I guess I could include tomorrow is going to be -35 degree wind chills and they said I'm going to get in trouble if I don't show up.... in the city 2 hrs away. I already have 37hrs, and there are 4 or 5 techs that weren't going to be working tomorrow, in that city. LET THEM HAVE THE WORK
OH thought of another one
I signed off for ACI to take out $450 out of my first two months of checks so they would furnish me with top of the line brand new tools..... mm hmm you know it's coming.....
What'd I get? A rusted handsaw... a milwaukee drill charger that didn't work(never gotten a replacement either) and worst of all..... The drill already had someone else's name sharpee'd on it!!!!! $450 for something someone else PROBABLY ALREADY PAID THEM FOR, either way it was definitely used
AND ACI takes $450 from you as well if you quit within 3 months, which many do, and that is illegal based on Michigan law, EVEN IF you've signed off on it. They do it anyway
I'm sure there's plenty more I could go on about, but I'm tired. I've been up and at em since 430am. If any lawyers read this I am going to get around to suing, when I get a day off that isn't a blizzard. Also interested in any class action suits if you guys are
Peace out, stay at McD lol My friend is still a manager there and makes $12.50/hr, and gets free meals. Sucks to work with some of those people but it's not any worse than the managers and bigwigs of ACI wallowing in their own greedy BS

Good day sir

Jim
anonymous, Michigan
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/14/2009 06:55 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Advanced-Communications-Inc/Canton-Bay-City-Traverse-City-Houghton-Marquette-Iron-M-Michigan-48188/Advanced-Communications-Inc-Unpaid-overtime-wage-decrease-unauthorized-garnishing-of-wag-412192. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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