Telefónica Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    A company frantically searching for new business strategies and markets to enter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very approachable people at almost all levels. Nice environments to work in. Not overly process driven. Opportunities to change departments and career orientation for those who take the initiative.

    Cons

    Now in a very mature market, the company is searching itself and struggles for a coherent strategy. Generally delusional about its ability to crack open new markets in a short time. A major re-org every 6 months (5 CIOs in 3 years). There is a tendency for preparing big strategies and presentations but in reality there is only ever an appetite for "low hanging fruit" and "quick wins" - The company does not have the stomach for real changes. Now operates within severe budget limitations for any project. There is a culture of "urgency" and changing direction. i.e. everything is always urgent, but then tends to take longer because of lack of planning or to be canned altogether because something else has become urgent. Culture of showing dedication by sending emails long after hours and immediate answers are increasingly appreciated or even expected.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being delusional about start-up projects and initiatives to enter new markets to save the company within a very short time span (although some of those initiatives are definitely worth trying). Instead recognise that there is still immense value for years to come in the core business, but only by having the courage to re-configur this part of the organisation drastically and invest in those changes - cultural changes, systematically simplify and drive cost out (which requires investment!), etc - instead of changing the CIO and the names of the teams on the org chart every 6 months.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Telefonica UK - Good people, flexible working but appalling talent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    People are generally very nice and there is a culture of flexible working.

    Cons

    Career progression is based on coffee talks rather than merit. There is no structured talent management approach and it is very hard to get to senior roles without spending lots of time network and pushing through.

    Very political company, things get decided by committee and too many people like to have a voice at the table just to show their face.

    Advice to Management

    Management are somehow detached from reality. They have been here for a long time and have not been able to transform the company.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Poor Career Development

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good
    some projects are interesting but are few
    It depends on the area you are

    Cons

    few career development opps, many changes in the organization
    Lack of innovation many times

    Advice to Management

    good and smart people are leaving the company, please take care of them

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  5. Helpful (3)

    High Highs and Low Lows

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working is a real pro to Tef, but in fairness if they didn't have it you wouldn't get a desk and certainly not a parking space at the HQ. The culture is good as are in general the people i have worked with. The overall package is pretty good, but they are not the highest payers.

    Cons

    Seemingly inept senior leadership that have been in post too long do not appear to have a firm grasp on the future of the company. They appear very nepotistic in appointment of senior roles, do not embrace change or innovation and ultimately seem powerless to steer the company in a clear and focussed path. Middle management are un-empowered and generally spineless to the disarray above. Under/Mis-investment and central Tef milking of the cash cow that was O2 is now revealing cracks in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Arguably some more change at the top is needed, in all my career I have never seen such a fixed board. Whilst constant change is bad, likewise is stagnation. New ideas and initiative is needed top down.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Shame Really

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool Brand, Great Offices, Very Flexible, Benefits are good, Pension is good.

    Cons

    Mismatched / Huge targets not representing assigned accounts
    Pay is average.
    Commission structure includes a 15% Client Sat score, if your part of the company does not hit it, you don't get it. (almost a tax)
    Not a sales culture
    If you don't speak Spanish forget any real high level progression
    Held back by crazy decision from
    The Whole TEF Digital brand is/was Vaporware

    Advice to Management

    Get some people that are from outside the company to transform things, stop putting mobile minded people in senior positions.

  7. Helpful (1)

    It is a good company but staying here implies you will freeze your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary range and benefits
    Good work/life balance
    Excellent building and work area

    Cons

    There's not career path
    There's not interest in up-to-date
    The goals of the company changes constantly
    You could stay doing the same work for years

  8. Helpful (2)

    Lots of potential but ultimately, limited opportunity to make a difference

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

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

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

    Pros

    Some very capable and intelligent people, great work-life balance and opportunities for flexible working.

    Cons

    Unless you are very well connected to senior directors in Spain, opportunities to progress are limited. Constant re-organisations are frustrating, particularly given in some areas there is no appetite for change and no consequences for failure or lack of change. Senior directors essentially sort out their friends above all - there is no due process around giving roles to the most qualified or capable people. Generally there is a big tendency to avoid hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to people - understand the details and impact at the lower levels before making decisions. Stop rewarding people who don't perform - be brave enough to do things differently.

  9. Good job for start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk Agent in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Service Desk Agent in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salary for beginning.
    Oportunity to learn
    Not super stressful environment.
    Good name of the company
    International
    Overaly good place to start your career, learn basic and move on.

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Constantly changing procedures with miserable documentation
    Remedy based system that had to be downgraded for TEF purposes
    Spanish way of management.. mañana
    Below average salaries e. g. lover management gets same money as agents in orther companies.

    Advice to Management

    Let people grow
    Involve employees in your decision..
    Think first

  10. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work. Salary can be improved

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

    I have been working at Telefónica (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very effective in the way staff is trained

    Cons

    Salary is not in relation to roll

    Advice to Management

    Invest more the the team you currently have instead of focusing on external applicants

  11. Helpful (1)

    For the once great O2 things are changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    To be honest I'd say the people still make it and there is great flexibility, so working from home is not a problem

    Cons

    Things are getting a bit tight, so look forward to getting some pretty old kit, out of date software and they don't appear to be investing in either people or equipment

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer, not just the brand. Invest in kit to equip and empower your staff to do great work as they want to.

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