Telefónica
3.5 of 5 154 reviews
www.telefonica.com Madrid, Spain 500 to 999 Employees

Telefónica Reviews

Updated Mar 22, 2014
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3.5 154 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Telefónica President Cesar Alierta

Cesar Alierta

(29 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to work, great benefits, so so salary.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Miami, FL

I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people. The company takes care of its own.

ConsLow wages and a lot of work with no processes.

Advice to Senior Managementdon't over work your people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment in a new innovative company, unfortunately too much Telefonica legacy.

Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 3 years

Prosenvironment
work-life balance
opportunity to grow
innovation
approachability of senior leadership

Consno ownership
slow moving
too much Tef legacy, decisions now again made in Spain

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, empower middle management, hire outside talent and focus less on politics, get the digital talent in who are unlikely to be the managers that have been with the company for >10 years
Be global instead of so Spain focused

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGrowing and partnership, is a multinational enterprise

ConsRotation and the booses are very impositive

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

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Great place to work if you are willing to challenge yourself

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time

ProsThey really want you to succeed but you have to be willing to work hard and push yourself. Fully supportive of taking risks. People do well if they produce results consistently. From a culture point of view they are totally people focused (as much as any company is)

ConsIts a big company now and change can take a long time.

Advice to Senior ManagementStick to the plan

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

Pros- Lot of hard working and inteligente people;
- Great culture and work/life balance;
- People care genuinely about his company;
- International experience, you work with a lot of different cultures that pushes the company and the team up;
- Great development culture and process (agile development)
- Strong sense of team;
- They are open to a lot of technologies and follow the main best practices;
- Is somewhat open about discussion the technology architecture;

Cons- A lot of structural changes that affects every one in the company and creates fear in people;
- Working with different timezones sometimes is very difficult and frustrating;
- Sometimes is hard to create empathy and trust across countries;
- Projects born and die suddenly;
- Management seen sometimes not know the business they are managing;

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many people owning the products, but no leaders to take real decisions;

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great conditions, poor career development.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Madrid (Spain)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat place in terms of working hours, salary, benefits and pressure. Company with a presence in 20 countries, so it is possible to relocate. Superb office and good work atmosphere.

ConsVery large company, few opportunities to make an impact on your own. Poor career development, as you are assigned a task and can be doing that for ages. Even though it has presence in many countries, it does not operate as a multinational, but pretty much as local companies bundled together.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company and wonderful colleagues - Telefonica O2 Czech Republic

Marketing Analyst (Former Employee)
Prague (Czech Republic)

I worked at Telefónica part-time for less than a year

ProsI was lucky to work with amazing colleagues who were always willing to share their knowledge and know-how with me. I didn´t work that hard and my salary was more than competitive.Company bonuses are exceptional.

Consit was quite difficult to get promotion or get an important point across. My boss ignored my opinion and rather listened to senior workers even though their ideas weren´t always that clever.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive young and motivated workers more space for develompent .

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)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

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

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

I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

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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TELEFONICA INTERNATIONAL USA, Inc. Department of communications & Public Affairs

Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

ProsI'm learnig a lot about the language, team work, telecoms, communication too.

ConsI've the visa just until May 2014

Advice to Senior ManagementI am very enthusiastic with all I do, cheerful and active. I consider myself very good at public relations and customer service.
I am looking for an opportunity to start and develop mi professional career to demonstrate all I can bring. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me if you think my profile can suit your needs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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