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Pros
  • work life balance, culture, people, benefits, team coordination (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay structure and a pleasant work culture (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management never care about the employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Highly politicized middle management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bad for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cable & Wireless

    Pros

    Communication sector is a good sector to work for and the company has a nimble footed management

    Cons

    The company makes frequent changes to executive management and as a result strategies do not get implemented. The company has very poor HR policies and practices. The company treats employees very poorly and does not present equal opportunities for all. The company does not listen to any third party opinion thereby taking wrong decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The frequent changes affect employee morale significantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The worst company I ever worked in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cable & Wireless full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits; family oriented

    Cons

    management team are racist and bias. No respect to employees from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cant succeed without lower management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience at Cable & Wireless

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Cable & Wireless full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money but thats about it

    Cons

    Environment of fear and bullying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig under the surface of management practises a little more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cable & Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Nothing at all to write about..

    Cons

    only way to get growth/ hike: get close to manger. dont have to work, dont even have to come to office. Once in a while come to office just to complain about others. spy on every one else and spread rumours. Steal somebody else's ideas and boast about it as if it is yours, for the rest of your tenure at the company. If you dont have any such qualities and are good only in working hard, this company is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No use of giving advice..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    The workforce have lost faith in the senior management and are worn down by the terrible culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Cable & Wireless

    Pros

    There are some great managers dotted around the company, and if you are lucky enough to work for one, then life is much better.

    Brand is still strong.

    Cons

    People work in silos, everyone concentrates on just keeping to their job spec, rather than about doing the best for our customers.

    The company structure is very complex, its hard finding out how to get anything done. Its a wonder anything happens.

    Systems are very old and are awful to use.

    Very political environment, where it is all so easy to just launch another change initiative, with a new senior manager, and yet somehow it all ends up the same.

    People are worried about keeping their jobs the whole time, as opposed to doing their job well.

    No bonus payouts and limited salary rises

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Like a corporate remake of Apocalypse Now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Manager
    Former Employee - Client Manager

    I worked at Cable & Wireless

    Pros

    Good badge/brand
    Still some good people in the business
    Amazingly lax Corporate Card policy/culture

    Cons

    Highly politicized middle management
    Completely out of touch senior management
    Network starved of investment and at capacity
    Products and pricing completely out of kilter with market
    No client focus whatsoever
    Constant changes of management direction
    Appalling HR review process
    Finance holds complete sway over everything
    A company of a thousand private empires
    Very poor commission scheme
    Staff morale very low
    You'll feel like Captain Willard every morning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A strange air of unreality exists in most areas - the staff simply don't believe the hype anymore. You've lost the faith of the employees. Ignore the shareholders for a moment, and stop changing things - let it settle, invest in your people, and most of all; stop lying to them!

    Working at C&W was an interesting experience in witnessing how it's entirely possible to destroy a company from within using just demoralisation. The offshoring, the redundancies, the pay freezes, the under-staffing, the lack of investment, and the almost constant barrage of seemingly irrelevant missives from the ivory towers. The bullying management style up top pervades down through every crevice of the organisation. I've never been in or near a company so utterly dysfunctional as C&WW.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Relaxed Place to work, however at the same time hectic when issues crop up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Cable & Wireless

    Pros

    Flexible Timings - Salary - Less Work Pressure - Easy going - Good work location - Good work life balance

    Cons

    Silly HR policies - visionless senior management - Lazy collegaues - Process slaves - most activities Peaople dependent than Process dependent - too many South Indians - No cultural diversity - partiality shown towards boastful employees - No intergrity in terms of services provided to customers - solution implemented is not the solution proposed and agreed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look for substance, than style in employees. Have a clear vision in terms of what you want to do - stop selling solutions which you know you cant provide, implement and support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Management Team Driven By Greed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager
    Current Employee - Client Manager

    I have been working at Cable & Wireless

    Pros

    The employees are the heart of any organisation and the staff in C&W are some of the best I have ever encountered.

     It is a pity that the mangement team do not recognise this fact.

    Cons

    Continuous change of personnel and roles.
    Leadership team focussed on maximising personal wealth and focussed on short term growth in order to release bonus payments.
    Continuous redundancies to drive down cost and create short term gain in profitability.... to meet the city and shareholders expectations and release executive bonus payments
    Unrealistic targets with complex metrics and staggered payments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The continued decline in resource while continuing to drive new business will lead to customer churn as the existing resource is stretched to capacity serving both the existing and new customers. This will result in a degradation of customer service and high employee churn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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