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Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
78 Reviews
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Gavin Patterson
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Pros
  • Not really good work life balance as Clients always keeps you on the toes (in 52 reviews)

  • Very flexible in terms of being able to work from home/remotely if needed (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • work pressure on a higher side , might impact your work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Performance management structure mean everyone is out for themselves creating a poor team environment (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BT

    Pros

    Chances for internal progression. Ability to move across differing departments

    Cons

    worklife balance, training and developement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good team of people to work with, poor upper management direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Finance Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Finance Manager in Irving, TX

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team members, pay scale was good.

    Cons

    Poor training materials, poor decision making by upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    read cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Move on

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money is good / bonuses average
    Positive training options

    Cons

    Outsources critical jobs and misinterprets their consultants to clients as BT personnel
    Nepotism throughout the company
    Noxious internal subdivisions
    Myriad of staff turnover - executives and personnel
    Career advancement limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need an executive overhaul - tyrannical realms exist within which compromise BT ethics
    Improve hiring screening methods for managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Head of Portfolio Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large and varied scope of work

    Cons

    Decisions are made by agreements among senior managers, who are distant for the customer and only focused the the 'numbers'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees make decisions - they really know the customers and the market environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Too much politics, lethargic management, and anarchic policies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively good salary, Some projects are cutting edge

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, too much red tape, management sucks literally, sycophancy will take you far, skill set are no consideration when allocating work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take skill set and aspirations into consideration before work allocation, Most of the employees are overloaded with work so look at stupid and crazy amount of work allocation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Offshoring like crazy!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst/Accountant in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst/Accountant in Irving, TX

    I have been working at BT full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of being able to work from home/remotely if needed. Everyone was very friendly in the Dallas office.

    Cons

    They offshored 80% of the Finance and Accounting jobs to India. The Americas CFO told us in a conference call that there would be extensive layoffs and we would be informed in the next 48 hours. Anyone that was left, had to interview for any remaining positions and hope they get picked. We have 3 months until our job is officially over. In the meantime, we have to train our replacements that will take our jobs in India. I really want to know how some guy in India, is going to do a Finance Manager's role which entails lots of writing and variance analysis.

    Also, they make you pay money to every company event in order to attend. We had to pay $5, just to take part in the Thanksgiving potluck and Christmas party.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you had these layoffs planned, then don't bother hiring new full-time workers less than a year before the layoffs and leading them on that they have a future with the company. That's what contractors are for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technical Career dead-end

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ipswich, England (UK)

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work arrangements. ( -although co-locations is now being enforced)
    No Big brother culture. ( -although that's changing with Continuous Improvement/LEAN introduction)
    Job security.

    Cons

    Huge outsourcing of techincal work to offshore contractors during mid-2000 has completely decimated the in-house knowledge and expertise. A lot of very good/world class engineers have left BT - glass ceiling exists for technical staff.

    Line management completely dominated by HR, accountants, and spin merchants. The messengers get rewarded I would say disproprionately more at the expense of the actual doers than for other large organisations.

    The actual time spent recordings what you do is full of glaring gaps. There are constant management initiatives and a lot of JFDIs from the poorer managers that do add to your workstack but are hidden/buried into existing project codes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of who you know rather than what you know going on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible experience dealing with office politics

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay. BT pays you well and there are no hidden components.

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Multi tasking and high pressure environments
    Vendors still call the shots
    Directionless management with unreasonable objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you do not get the India story right, you would have people quitting very soon. That means, it would be back to outsourcing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for some, close to nothing for others - A business in dire need of modernisation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Good employee benefits: Free Internet, Free TV, Free Telephone
    - Good Graduate Salary: 31k+ with bonuses and stock options
    - Good Training Opportunities and Certifications: Cisco CCNA and many others
    - If you get into the right team and get the right type of work, it can be pretty rewarding.

    Cons

    - Non-technical staff in technical roles or making technical decisions with little understanding.

    - Poor Performance Management / Employee Grading (this decides salary and bonus).

    - Doesn't take software development seriously enough even though they are effectively a tech company.

    - Managers (and other senior staff) change roles frequently for promotions or new roles. After they move, they are effectively no longer held accountable for the previous decisions they made or anything they worked on, even if it costs the business money.

    - Poor project management (hint: The Mythical Man Month was written in 1975, why are these mistakes still being made?)

    - Hiring Graduates for numbers (as many staff are retiring every year) into roles which are not clear cut or well defined. I've seen some graduates with computer science or engineering degrees put into project manager roles.

    - Rife with focus on business processes instead of getting things done, politics, bureaucracy, over complication: I work a set number of hours on a set project, why do I need to fill in a time sheet?

    - Increasing challenge to remove employees means a lack of resource: entire teams replaced with subcontractors while some people still remain in useless roles, monitoring useless data with little to no value for the business.

    - Empire Building: empire-building is demonstrated when individuals or small groups attempt to gain control over key projects and initiatives to maximize job security and promotability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't hire graduates to hit targets, give them defined roles with defined training and a clear vision for the future.

    - Improve performance management, maybe consider doing it bi-annual.

    - Consider giving managers a period of 'lock-in' before they can change roles, or at least make sure they are held accountable for what they previously worked on for several months/year after they change role.

    - Many employees shouldn't have to do time sheets, yet can still be penalised for when they don't arrive on time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pathetic company a bid no no

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    no work at all
    No support by management
    if oyu are taking leaves that is urgent for you you get development needed and are blocked from IJPs

    Cons

    salaries difference is large as per differnt organisations
    No Employee support
    Hire you for different profile and put you into different profile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some trainings on management dont do stupidest of things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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