Vodafone Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
389 Reviews
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Vodafone CEO Vittorio A. Colao
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Pros
  • Great emphasis on diversity and work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Good working environment, salary is more than avarage (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance is a theoretical thing to be written down in annual reports (in 12 reviews)

  • Rather than taking care of the development of front liners all the attentions goes to managers and Senior management staff (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vodafone America's - Time for a Change

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

    I worked at Vodafone full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large global wireless company with solid presence in Europe. Global sales salaries are good and international travel is a great perk. I found many good people who worked for the company that are still my friends today.

    Cons

    Introduction of a Global Product did not met it was global. Usually, it had a "limited roll-out" and we often asked customers to "take the journey with us". Sales credibility be would hurt when a product's "global availability" did not increase or the product went away. Even though it was a wireless company, some new products stood to undermine those revenues and thus had limited distribution and/or capabilities. However, sales was seldom told and had to find out the hard way as were told to "go sell these products."

    The highly politically charged nature of the management team decimated the organization. Management promoted internal conflict as healthy and those in favor who treated co-workers with disdain were generally overlooked. The organization in a very short time transformed from a trusting, healthy, work life balanced, co-worker friendly workplace to one where distrust, lies and cronyism was rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A severe shakeup of Vodafone America's management team is needed to restore trust in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run!

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

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time

    Pros

    Large global conglomerate with a reputation of being an average provider

    Cons

    Take your pick, but most of all the inability to get out of it's own way. Not SOX compliant, and refuses to change inept methods to adapt and improve it's delivery methods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just cause you've been doing something a long time doesn't mean it's the right way. You have embedded poison among your ranks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good brand, easy to engage with customer

    Cons

    Everything in UK, nothing in Asia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more especially in HK and Singapore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is no Pros I see here.

    Cons

    No growth, No recognition, Biased higher management, Revenge attitude of higher management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have unbiased environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Biased, sexist and clicky

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Advisor
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Advisor

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

    Pros

    The only plus point about working for Vodafone is the discounts you get on your monthly phone line. There are no other benefits. Even the commision is set out as a team job,. You end up carrying the non performers and its the admin types that go far in this company. No recognition for top performers

    Cons

    clicky managment, long hours, low pay and the leadership will only promote you if you have big knockers or are chummy with the managers. Honestly if you have any self respect avoid this company like the plague and go with a compnany who appreciates hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ditch the non performers, appreciate staff with a high work ethic and route out the managers sexually discrininating staff members because they cant go to bed with them and promote and train people who are performing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst employer ever

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    • 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 Vodafone full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Paddington office is brightly and recently decorated and easily accessible being next to bus stops and the Paddington overground and underground train stations.

    Cons

    There is a strong culture of bullying within all layers at Vodafone. The majority of people here are highly unprofessional, examples include: writing whole emails in capital letters (i.e. shouting via email!), undermining each other in meetings with numerous people present (no hesitation when doing this - employees seem to enjoy being rude to each other), senior management not turning up to meetings with no reasons being given, other individuals not turning up to meetings or being late (often queuing for a drink from the staff canteen), employees forwarding emails with comments that clearly weren't meant to be seen by a wider audience. I've flagged all of these examples with my own line manager and the response was 'it is what it is'.
    The Paddington office is always crammed on a Monday or any days where there are departmental meetings going on and you aren't always guaranteed a desk to sit at due to the 'hot desk' set up here.
    The Newbury office is in the middle of nowhere and if you have to use public transport the whole way, you have to time your underground train, overground train and Newbury bus perfectly for the journey to be bearable. Obviously being the HQ, I'd say don't work at Vodafone (even in a London based role, as you will have to travel more than they disclose at interview stage) if you can't get to Newbury easily. Definitely visit these offices in interview stage to get an idea of whether this journey is going to be bearable for you.
    There's a lack of team spirit within my own department, I'm sure this is due to the multiple site locations, hot desking and also individuals working from home i.e. you could potentially not see a close team member for a whole week even though you're both working full time.
    All in all, I've found Vodafone to be very unprofessional, very unwelcoming with a strong culture of bullying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the culture at Vodafone if you want to attract and retain good people. Turn up to your own meetings. Act as an example to your teams - it is evident that all layers at Vodafone are learning the acceptable behaviour standards from the top layers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over-administrated, overblown technical dinosaur.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good brand name, fortunately the outside world doesn't know how poorly this company is run.

    Cons

    No training, company is too disjointed. Culture of passing the buck. Too many people playing big brother & muddying the waters rather than helping to clarify them. Management are useless & constantly misinterpret the "Vodafone Way" to administer their dictatorial methods. Company ethos is ignored constantly to find the quickest/cheapest fix. For a technology company they really struggle to grasp the concept of simplicity & use antiquated technologies. The administrative side of the company especially HR & IT support are woefully inept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your ideas are not always the best ones. Don't change everything constantly just for the sake of it. Stand up for your employees.

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

    Not good nor bsd

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Alexandria (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Intern in Alexandria (Brazil)

    I worked at Vodafone as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good if you are jobless

    Cons

    Low pay very low indeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nhgh

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Avoid if you can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    - i met some great people at Vodafone, needless to say, they have mostly left the company after a couple of months, or after their first year.

    Cons

    - decisions based on politics vs rationale
    - no processes, policies, no structure, everything is a mess
    - the company does not invest in its people, very high fluctuation (30-50% in some cases)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company marred by poor leadership and no strategic thinking

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

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

    Pros

    scale of the company allows it to do great things

    Cons

    poor leadership at the very top levels; no strategic thinking and no vision - very tactical, cash flow oriented thinking; people engrossed in politics and territorial protectionism than thinking of the company's benefit; structural issues with every local country being separate companies in practice - no common sense of 1 company, one culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top most management needs to be refreshed with more modern thinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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