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Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Large, hierarchical and slow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vast amount of activity going on to get involved in - if you have any time left in your day
    A good organisation to work in if you're in the early stages of your career - but don't pick up bad habits prevalent in the organisation e.g. meeting culture; lack of planning

    Cons

    Cost-driven organisation - takes priority over every decision - risk adverse
    Change is managed badly and most senior managers are poor leaders
    Work-life balance is poor - the organisation doesn't seem to know how to align resources with work demands
    Tools for the jobs provided are generally not fit for purpose e.g. laptops and telephones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some fantastic people working in your organisation - let them get on and do their job! Really learn what coaching is and practice doing it well. Treat your people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Pretty good company...

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BT

    Pros

    Employees have great deal of Latitude.

    Cons

    Management gets in the way of good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the workers to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Average

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

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    • 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
  6. Move on

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Head of Portfolio Management

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    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
  8. Too much politics, lethargic management, and anarchic policies

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    • 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
  9. Offshoring like crazy!

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Technical Career dead-end

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    • 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
  11. Horrible experience dealing with office politics

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    • 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

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