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Telefónica Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
204 Reviews
3.5
204 Reviews
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Telefónica President Cesar Alierta
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant change has exhausted good people's patience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer

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

    Pros

    Innovation areas get to try out ideas with new and exciting technology, the people are good, some are exceptional especially in wed dev, creative tech and innovation. If you can deliver the work, flexible work life balance is second to none.

    Cons

    A dislocation from the reality of the market, and no real answer to the question of what happens to telcos in a digital future (Hint, you are a dumb pipe). Closing down of the Digital subsidiary not exactly an inspired move - chaos reigns. Any energy or enthusiasm has been wiped out, and pay levels that were below market rate might be acceptable when excitement is flowing - not so now. No real career progression available, and upper management is 99% male, white and predominately Spanish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top level strategy is unclear, vacuous communication from leaders. Lower level strategy and day to day tactics either non-existent or poorly communicated - honestly, I couldn't tell which. This company has no real vision, chooses to hide behind jargon and management bs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer, Sr

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Too many people owning the products, but no leaders to take real decisions;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work if you are willing to challenge yourself

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

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time

    Pros

    They 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)

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the plan

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Growing and partnership, is a multinational enterprise

    Cons

    Rotation and the booses are very impositive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great conditions, poor career development.

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Very 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work, but has its issues also

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Barcelona (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great research environment. You will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management could be better. At times you feel like a spanish civil servant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Brilliant place to work always

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outbound Sales in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Outbound Sales in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Scope for promotion is huge here

    Cons

    Tough economic conditions in europe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in peoople where possible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Not good future

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, nice work colleagues

    Cons

    Too much noise, not single and stable strategy, too slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take decisions and assume the risks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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