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Telefónica Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
205 Reviews
3.5
205 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Decision making can be slow given the many layers of bureaucracy (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place in terms of working, benefits and good work atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Multi National company. Too many oportunities in realocation. Good atmosphere and good people. Depending of the area the pressure is more or less. You can learn a lot and develop high skill level on your job role.

    Cons

    Too many politics, few opportunity to be promoted. Poor career development.Even though it has presence in many countries, it does not operate as a multinational, but pretty much as local companies bundled together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the talents close. Valorize the people which know the company and the business. Work for your group more and less for your higher partners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow to impliment but fast to think

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Has good and positive ideas, is great to its staff and pushes for the best. Really nice to have the O2 rewards structure and be so forward thinking.

    Cons

    In danger of being left behind by others with web and devices, seems to focus on the idea and be willing to push out unfinished products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont just say you want your users to be happy, get the product to a stage where they will be happy!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, demanding and rewarding company with an exciting vision

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

    I have been working at Telefónica (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for personal development, great flexible working environment, some of the most talented and driven people in the industry. Challenging environment that does not carry passengers means you will never have a boring day and there is a real "in it together" attitude in delivering the plan. Good flexible benefits.

    Cons

    Can't get away from the fact that pay and bonuses have fallen way behind traditional and new digital competitors.
    Very political organisation, senior leadership not very inclusive in decision making or planning and business seems to have lost its way recently in failing to align targets and objectives with values and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More empowerment required across the business, there is significant investment in developing our people to be the best, let them make more decisions and deliver for our customers without restricting them with red tape and legacy processes.

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  5.  

    Good place for career growth and challenges but with the pace of large corporations.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, base salary in line with the industry. There are a number of challenges and exciting projects happening. Senior leadership is very competent.

    Cons

    Decisions take long to be implemented and I would say too dependent of the Spanish headquarters when it comes to larger projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify processes. There is a number of talented people in the organisation that may feel demotivated given bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company constantly striving to thrive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great workmates, challenging environment, state of the art technologies and projects. Good work-life balance. Great vision from the top of the company.

    Cons

    Middle management is awful. Only top of the company leaders make decisions, but middle management don't, and when they do, no responsibility is taken. Too many reorganizations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Bussiness development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    stability, best place to work, good enviorenment

    Cons

    too big, slow professional career, too political

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work if want an aggressive enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Sítio Elias P. de Moura (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Sítio Elias P. de Moura (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    A leanding brand in the Telecom Industry

    Cons

    It's an aggressive enviroment with a lot public sector way of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing: work-life balance, promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, lots of opportunities to shine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    If you wants to work for a company that is constantly delivering amazing solutions to stay on top of its game, Telefonica O2 can be the place for you. The opportunities are amazing for the sort of people who have loads of energy and are passionate about what they do. O2 has a great reward and recognition system and one of the best benefits packages around. I worked there for 12 years and enjoyed nearly every moment of it. Work life balance is amazing and the Bath Rd canteen is excellent.

    Cons

    Outsourcing - much of the functions of the business have been outsourced to offsite companies - this has reduced considerably the family atmosphere of working at O2 and reduced trust amongst teams.
    Its a large organisation, and you will find people you dont get on with - just hope its not your management.
    Some processes are achingly slow and beuracratic - a throw back to when O2 was part of the civil service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - you've got a great culture - when you celebrate wow is it amazing - do more of that
    - implement 360 degree reviews - let the people review the manager to weed out the controlling managers who say one thing to senior management and treat their people like nothing.
    - dont outsource your key intellectual property - keep it in-house to keep passionate people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Very good learning, well paid, many opportunities of international experience, in some countries, its strong presence helps to conduct large business

    Cons

    As a big company, too many politics, that contributes to loss of opportunities, and put a lot of pressure on procurement of services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize

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

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no ownership
    slow moving
    too much Tef legacy, decisions now again made in Spain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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