San Francisco Bay Area native began journey 3 months after high school graduation
Online PR News – 06-February-2015 – San Francisco, CA – Peter J. Sanchez has retired after a three and a half decade career with AT&T. The Walnut Creek, CA resident expressed that he is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with the telecommunications giant.
Since coming on board three months after his Pittsburg High School graduation (1979), Peter Sanchez has held several positions throughout northern CA with the corporation. During his tenure, he spent tens of thousands of hours in bustling offices and departments. Throughout his career he amassed several accomplishments and assignments.
During the first eight years he served as a directory assistance operator. Although he enjoyed the flexible hours, his eye was on a challenging and better-paying position. He was hired as a service representative.
"The company was hiring service reps in San Francisco for our newly-opened telemarketing center. It was very challenging learning about the many products, services, and a variety of systems," Sanchez explained. "Pac Bell gave us really good and extensive training covering not only about our products and services, but good customer service skills. I heard every story why our customers could not pay their bills."
Sanchez says he saw his company through three separate names: Pacific Bell SBC, and AT&T.
In 1992, Pac Bell opened a corporate business office in Walnut Creek. Sanchez requested and was granted a transfer to work there.
Later in 1999, he became a service representative in the COPT department (Customer Owned Pay Telephone).
"The training was an intense, 8-week long, pass or fail deal," he explained. "With my previous service rep knowledge, I knew I would get the job."
From 2007 until Nov. 14, 2014, Peter operated as a data administrator in Milpitas, CA. When he was informed that AT&T data administrators would be relocated southwest to Texas, Peter opted not to transfer.
He was offered and accepted what he describes as a "generous severance package" for 35 years of hard work and dedicated service.
"I could not pass on the enhanced severance package and monthly pension they gave me."
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Walnut Creek, CA, Peter, family, friends and former co-workers will celebrate his retirement. The festive occasion will include a private dinner and 'Old School', Funk, Hip-hop, and Prince dance party.
Bay Area renowned DJ, Macio Henry will be in the remix.
Peter is anticipating new adventures and challenges during retirement. He says he values the friendships and knowledge he acquired at AT&T.
"I will take my AT&T knowledge and apply in to my everyday life. Pac Bell, SBC, and AT&T have been very good to me."