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Telefónica Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 173 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

Telefónica President Cesar Alierta

Cesar Alierta

(35 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of appreciation and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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    Dishonest Organization, Dishonest Management

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA (US)

    ProsYou don't have to think very much to work here. Although you will have to do a lot of PPTs. A LOT OF THEM.

    ConsEntire company motivated by politics. Flavor-of-the-month HR and workplace initiatives that are always a decade behind. No real focus on productivity. Management is primarily managing their careers, not their people. Company is dishonest with hiring and salary practices. I was promised one thing for bonuses and given something entirely different and far worse. Pay raises are meager and out of step with the going rate in California (why I left). When I left, the company tried to cheat me out of my accrued vacation as salary and break California law in the process. (Yes, they seem to have given no thought nor do they care about state labor laws). For context, this is the first time in my life I have left a company on bad terms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on people first, products second, results third and money last. Stop playing politics.

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

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    Terrible team

    Marketing (Former Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsNice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance. The office is nice and it is a cool industry.

    ConsThe team I worked with was full of backstabbing pretentious people who knew nothing about how to make a new business work. They tried to create office politics to cover the fact that they lacked the talent to be able to do their job properly. The project we were working on was exciting, it is a pity the team were always so negative and clueless.

    Manager just clocked in and out and had no idea how to build team morale. Her solution was for people to work from home on different days so we could avoid seeing each other.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should hire team managers who can solve problems instead of shying away from addressing them.

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

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    For the once great O2 things are changing

    Marketing Analyst (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsTo be honest I'd say the people still make it and there is great flexibility, so working from home is not a problem

    ConsThings are getting a bit tight, so look forward to getting some pretty old kit, out of date software and they don't appear to be investing in either people or equipment

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the customer, not just the brand. Invest in kit to equip and empower your staff to do great work as they want to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPlenty of earning opportunity and was able to progress to assistant branch manager within eighteen months. Very supportive team too.

    ConsFaceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management. Before I left they started to squeeze rewards structure and their mystery shopping should never have been the decider on whether a bonus is paid or not. It put too much pressure on staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview staff rewards and client feedback models.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good company to work for

    Strategy Consultant (Former Employee) Munich (Germany)

    ProsThe firm offer very good opportunities to learn with freedom within boundaries. Employees enjoy good social environment and are with lots of energy and passion for work.

    ConsThe hardest thing for every firm is not only to set up the right corporate mission and vision, but to align those to the people, and furthermore, to make all employees to start believing in their firm’s value and mission. This is not so well elaborated internally, therefore external picture is respectively adequate to the internal one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, but has its issues also

    Researcher (Current Employee) Barcelona (Spain)

    ProsGreat colleagues, great research environment. You will learn a lot.

    ConsManagement could be better. At times you feel like a spanish civil servant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Brilliant place to work always

    Outbound Sales (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsScope for promotion is huge here

    ConsTough economic conditions in europe

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in peoople where possible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tech support

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent salary for the work you're doing

    ConsNo work satisfaction or scope for progression

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

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    O2 lost it's way

    Store Leader (Former Employee)

    ProsGood systems and processes in place.

    ConsToo many changes and losing good staff left right and centre

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructuring isn't always the answer.

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    Gained lots of great experience, met fantastic people, now far too corporate

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsI worked there over 10 years, went through multiple company changes (BtCellnet, O2, Telefónica), as well as countless re-shuffles, downsize, threatening of outsourcing, etc. and everyone I spoke to would say the best in the place were the people.
    They use technology well (bring your own devices, yammer, Lync, etc.)
    Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits

    ConsProcesses slow down progress / too much red tape
    HQ (Madrid) & Procurement (Germany) squeezing every last penny / resource out of suppliers
    Yearly threat of loosing job due to 'transformations'
    Processes change far too frequent, not allowing time to adapt / adopt.

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

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