Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Portugal Telecom CEO and Director Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
18 Ratings

Pros
  • Ongoing Merger process with Brasilian Company Oi will bring many new chalenges (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Big company with ongoing hierarchy and operational costs reduction, thus with extremely difficult to progress in carreer (in 4 reviews)

  • Low Pay when compared to other similar companies (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great knowledge center but lack of Career planner

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In Portugal Telecom you work with the best telecommunications engineers in Portugal and develop and manage state-of-art network and service platforms

    Cons

    Management is old fashion, lack of incentives, lack of objectives, lack of meritocratic processes in place and difficult to develop a career plan


  2. Helpful (1)

    You may learn a lot here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Broad scope of technologies to work with, if you're in IT.
    Great market recognition. Looks good on the resume.
    "Full time company workers" get enough training and technical courses and other benefits.

    Cons

    IT Contractors are usually treated like numbers.
    Aggressive work relations between different departments, plain disrespectful sometimes.
    Higher managing positions are still "job for the boys".
    Way too many "project managers", way too few "engineers".
    There is no concept of overtime compensation for IT Contractors (especially in PT Comunicações).

    Advice to Management

    Show some respect and recognition towards your employees.
    Stop with the outsourcing madness.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Business development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get more responsabilities if you work hard. Overall good team spirit.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to get your salary at market value after a few years in the company (i was there 3 years). The increase in responsibility is not accompanied by an increase in your wage.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheapskate with your wages. Promote and raise your best employees. Otherwise they (like me) will leave.


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  5. Good to grow, poor to stay

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

    I worked at Portugal Telecom (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful company to learn and grow, with a great start-up program.

    Cons

    Few career opportunities, despite the fantastic colleagues which are always willing to help.

    Advice to Management

    Review your promotion grading program.


  6. Commercial Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Manager in Amora (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Commercial Manager in Amora (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with good recognition, great conditions.

    Cons

    Income completely commission-based. Atmosphere in Sales completely sick.

    Advice to Management

    Greater focus in UX.


  7. Strategy Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Senior Strategy Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom (More than 5 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work on interesting projects in the TMT sector;
    Good health insurance benefits

    Cons

    Compensation package was not great, but on par with competitors


  8. Business Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's overflowing with talented people; there are some excellent and challenging projects if your in the right place

    Cons

    It's losing culture and values; not enough agile; bad HR performance evaluation model; poor career opportunities; a very verticalized organization;

    Advice to Management

    The actual HR performance evaluation model is completely wrong


  9. Good place to start your career but not a place to make one

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

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment
    Good internal mobility that promotes growth
    Excellent people to work with
    Positions available in almost every part of the country
    Good entry level salaries

    Cons

    - Great level of bureurocracy on its processes
    - A lot of people doing the same thing
    - Total lack of career oportunities
    - Absence of individual goals
    - Doesn't recognize individual merit
    - Lack of growth in salary throughout the years

    Advice to Management

    Change the current career plan
    Enforce accountability to its mid and top management
    Decrease the size Of the teams


  10. Good company to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary for juniors, great perks and flexible schedules. Variety of projects

    Cons

    No raises, almost impossible to progress in the hierarchy.


  11. Great school, Good environment, Excellent Professionals

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

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team environment. You can learn things with professionals from different areas.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The overuse of recruitment agencies raise some doubts about values beeing payed.
    These "middle-man" are useless and only there to get rich. They don't give formation and you are on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the excessive outsourced people. Cut the middle-man (recruitment agencies) and offer good conditions to these people. They are good professionals, and the recruitment agencies are not a added value, they are only there to keep some money from our work (there are agencies keeping 30%)



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