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Vodafone Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2014
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3.5 367 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Vodafone CEO Vittorio A. Colao

Vittorio A. Colao

(195 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great emphasis on diversity and work/life balance(in 16 reviews)

  • Good working environment, salary is more than avarage(in 29 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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    Run!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge global conglomerate with a reputation of being an average provider

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

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

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    Biased, sexist and clicky

    Senior Sales Advisor (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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

    Consclicky 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 Senior Managementditch 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

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

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    Worst employer ever

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementAddress 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.

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

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    Over-administrated, overblown technical dinosaur.

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

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

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    Not good nor bsd

    Intern (Former Employee) Alexandria (Brazil)

    ProsGood if you are jobless

    ConsLow pay very low indeed

    Advice to Senior ManagementNhgh

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

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    Avoid if you can

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Budapest (Hungary)

    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)

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

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    Company marred by poor leadership and no strategic thinking

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosscale of the company allows it to do great things

    Conspoor 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 Senior ManagementTop most management needs to be refreshed with more modern thinking

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

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    Politics over delivery

    Programme Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLarge multi-national organisation that looks impressive on a CV and could potentially (rarely) lead to some European travel.

    ConsFailure that can be blamed on others is preferable to success. Very immature project management culture. Do not work here if you want to deliver.
    No training opportunities - only web-based courses available.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of your politicians, they are holding your people back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So so...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will be allowed to have training if you have the initiative.

    ConsOverloaded, overworked and most of all people do not appreciate your extra mile (even without pay most of the time). Management want to push for a grade of at least 8 from their employees but this is only to please their bosses and make themselves look good. Apparently very poor system since this has been neglected in favor of hitting stretch deadlines. People playing favorites. Not fair. Backstabbing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean up your act. Level the playing field and maybe your performers will stay...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    vodafone retailers n distrubutors are too good where as the RSp, Channel Magers n Area Mangers are not working properly

    Vodafone AD (Current Employee) Gadag (India)

    Prosservice is not bad .. n try to improve network problems n customers problems

    Consall vodafone mangers are work worthless as i knw

    Advice to Senior Managementplease tell all vodafone channel mangers to visit AD points once in month to help to sever better to the customers ....

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

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