Portugal Telecom
3.4 of 5 38 reviews
www.telecom.pt Lisbon, Portugal 1000 to 5000 Employees

Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.4 38 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Portugal Telecom CEO and Director Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava

Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava

(26 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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High growth in responsibility, low growth in compensation

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom

ProsDynamic company with very ambitious goals

ConsDoesn't invest in its people. Don't expect an big increase in salary as you progress within the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great chalenges but...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOngoing Merger process with Brasilian Company Oi will bring many new chalenges

ConsBig company with ongoing hierarchy and operational costs reduction, thus with extremely difficult to progress in carreer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good

Project Delivery Manager (Current Employee)
Lisbon (Portugal)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat school for learning and good office culture

ConsPoor incentives and lack of oportunites

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Large and slow, like a mammoth

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Lisbon (Portugal)

I worked at Portugal Telecom full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis is a very large company and one of the biggest job creators in Portugal, so you have to give them credit for that. If you want a stable job, with an average middle-class salary that pays the bills, then this company is a good candidate. Also a good company to make a career at since they won't fire you easily, once you are in deep, and will let you stay long after you become obsolete, which is good thinking in the long run, since the welfare state will soon be history anyway. You might get good experience by working here, before you get bored.

ConsThis is as corporate as you get (think Dilbert): the bureacracy is infuriating and middle management often has antiquity has its greatest (only) asset. There is a time-warp field surrounding companies like these that makes everything move slower once you step inside.
Overuse of outsourcing leads to status differences between full-employees and contractors and spreads the wealth between a lot of parasitical consultancy companies at the expense of the workforce. This makes rich a lot of people that don't really deserve it by allowing the exploitation of those poor helpless engineers, and should (but likely won't) be somehow regulated or controlled by the state with adequate legislation.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey don't need any advice, since they already do a great job at promoting themselves and the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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In the middle of the crisis

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Lisbon (Portugal)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe job security, the people

ConsNo career prospects and poor pay. Due to the actual crisis and lack of competition, there is no pressure to raise salaries

Advice to Senior ManagementMore attention to human capital, since there are no progressions in sight.

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lisbon (Portugal)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time for more than 10 years

ProsJob security, good for your CV, has been under a big culture change during latest years.

ConsBureaucracy, a problem in almost every big company
Management should listen to employees
Somewhat unfair performance evaluation system

Advice to Senior ManagementGive space for employees to put their ideas at work
Motivate employees and avoid their departure
STOP creating bureaucracies and frustrating processes. Simplify!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Stable environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lisbon (Portugal)

I worked at Portugal Telecom

ProsJob Security and leading market positions, diversity of protfolio, international presence
Reduced pressure from clients
Recognizable brand
Good work environment with informal relation

ConsLack of opportunities for growth due to a mature market, Company politics and alliances and
Career systems based on personnal attributes which makes it harder for an unknown to go through the ranks. lack of integration with international business and lack of visibility of oportunites outside

Advice to Senior Management10 years without visible investment on human resources is a long time for a company who wants to succeed. When facing such a strong menace like the ones we are living corporations need an environment that promotes change and risk taking, not authoritarian management and cost focus

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Just fine - (regarding an engineering position, other areas such as HR are much more relaxed).

Trainee - IT & Telecom Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Portugal Telecom

ProsThe prestige of working on one of the largest companies in Portugal.
Good for your resume. Salaries are not all that bad.

ConsIf you are a worker outside Lisbon, you get treated like a second-rate employee (even if you're in Aveiro).
Should pay their engineers better.

Advice to Senior ManagementRead the "Cons" and improve on those.
PT-Inovação should have a more start-up feel to it, too much micro management.
A little more credit could be given to the "subcontratados" category.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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low salaries

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Lisbon (Portugal)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom

Prosgood company to learn new things.

Consyou cant get a good career evolution

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome

Web Developer (Current Employee)
Aradas (Portugal)

I have been working at Portugal Telecom

ProsWork in huge projects for international clients. Make software to be used for millions of people.

ConsWork as outsourcer. Few people in the team for much work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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