Hard to believe but Comcast, with $80 Billion dollars in revenues, was founded in Tupelo Mississippi.
In 1963, Ralph J. Roberts in conjunction with his two business partners, Daniel Aaron and Julian A. Brodsky, purchased American Cable Systems as a corporate spin-off from its parent, Jerrold Electronics, for US $500,000. At the time, American Cable was a small cable operator in Tupelo, Mississippi, with five channels and 12,000 customers. Comcast was even an owner of Muzak franchises, the founders of “elevator music”.
Comcast, originally just a cable company, is now an $80 Billion plus company that owns NBC/Universal which includes the Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
Comcast with X1 is the Future
X1 is the system they are betting will secure a new generation of cable lovers and put all the “cable is dead” chatter to bed. Think of it like an advanced cable box — one that finds the shows you want using voice commands via its remote.
Cable boxes are not what drives X1, it’s the cloud that does and it can be accessed from your phone and tablet.
X1 is a cross between an advanced TV guide and a virtual assistant, and Comcast thinks it will compete with the likes of Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo and Apple’s Siri-powered Apple TV.
X1 is to be the “aggregator of aggregators,” to tie together your cable package and other services like Netflix. Comcast wants to be your gateway to entertainment.
So What do Comcast’s Employees think of Working there?
66% of them would recommend Comcast to their friends and 79% approve of Brian Roberts, the CEO.
Some comments from Glassdoor include:
“Great place to work with great benefits”, “Fantastic work life balance at this location and other locations I have worked”, “Benefits are good company vehicle free cable”
“Working at Comcast has given me the opportunity to develop myself; take the time to grow and learn, and that was really important to me during the time in my life when I joined the company. If you have the drive and ambition, there are a ton of ways in which you can grow into a leader if that’s what you want to be.”
“Telling people you work at Comcast triggers 2 typical responses: 1) A big hatred rant on customer service 2) A how do I get my foot in the door?”
Take a look at the many jobs available at Comcast in the United States: