In the spring of 2017, Charter opened its first fully bilingual call center in McAllen, Texas, following through on the company’s commitment to bring customer service jobs back to the U.S. from offshore call centers and to provide better service to all its customers, including those whose primary language is Spanish.
Anabel Chavez, a McAllen native and vice president of the call center notes that “because 77 percent of [McAllen] residents here speak Spanish and are bilingual, we’re going to be able to speak to our customers in the language that they prefer.”
The McAllen call center will ultimately create approximately 600 jobs in that community, building on Charter’s commitment to hiring 20,000 new employees in the US by 2020. Ms. Chavez said McAllen’s unemployment rate is higher than average in Texas—4.9% compared to a statewide average of 4.1%*—and these jobs are a welcome sign that the economy will begin to grow and she adds, that “these are good-paying jobs with benefits like retirement accounts and healthcare coverage. You can support a family with these jobs.”
* Bureau of Labor Statistics – Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2018.
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