Vodafone Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Vodafone CEO Vittorio A. Colao
Vittorio A. Colao
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Pros
  • Flexible working (home based/part-time) that determines a good work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great working environment and benifits (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is appalling (in 16 reviews)

  • Rather than taking care of the development of front liners all the attentions goes to managers and Senior management staff (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, Terrible Americas Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Vodafone full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Travel to the UK. Good pay. Worked remote from home. Financially strong company. Great products and services.

    Cons

    HR was the worst - the company used Performance Improvement Plans (PIP) to get rid of good employees management didn't like. My manager and Americas executive management were the pits. UK had almost double the amount of holidays and time-off as the Americas team.

    Advice to Management

    Take some people skills classes and be more appreciative of your non-management employees.


  2. Lowest bid means trouble.

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

    I worked at Vodafone

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

    Pros

    I had a great bunch of guys to work with, all remote from the corporate offices. All of had previous experience doing support of security or enterprise level products.

    Cons

    The company has a code of conduct that spells out that harassment will not be tolerated. Seems that is only applicable to within the company. Even if the other company has the same code of conduct there appears to be the thought that we can't call the customer on their code of conduct to stop harassment of our employees. Fear of losing the contract.

    Advice to Management

    a really stupid situation. The group was quickly brought together in violation of Vodafone policies concerning in country upper management. Who created this mess? What are you going (or have done) about this? How are you going to prevent this from happening again?


  3. ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Germany, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Germany, TX

    I have been working at Vodafone

    Pros

    good perks phone laptop great people

    Cons

    company to big to stand out

    Advice to Management

    know your staff


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Vodafone America's - Time for a Change

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

    I worked at Vodafone full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (4)

    Run!

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

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time

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

    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 Management

    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


  7. Only come here as a short term gain

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Programmes in Paddington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Programmes in Paddington, England (UK)

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good Good place to find another job as vodafone is a recognised brand

    Cons

    E band management need to be fired and replaced, they lie to the D bands and above which is why nothing gets delivered Constant threat of redundancy Protection of abusive managers by hr Lots of senior management being replaced by one particular nationality of the current ceo and they do not have the skills or understand international businesses This job prepares you to be a politician - as all is based on lies, mistrust, slowness and complexity - speed simplicity and trust is not known no career development - expect to do this at your own back

    Advice to Management

    Fire your E band staff, if you want deliveries. They are too comfortable in their roles and busy lying to you Stop replacing everyone in group work southern Europeans, try to chose talent over nationality Get rid of lazy staff members and reward your hard working individuals - your loosing your talent daily due to your management reviews not being fair and open to criticism


  8. Worst Company of India for Software Developers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Vodafone

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

    Pros

    Just a big name nothing else

    Cons

    - No Standard Policies - Managers are dumb - People here in development are no where acceptable except Vodafone - U will forgot whatever u have learned - Frustration - Waste of golden period of your career if you have less than 10 years of exp - More than 80% people have no work and they are getting salary to come to office only.

    Advice to Management

    Shut down the development center of Pune


  9. ok place to work

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

    I have been working at Vodafone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    flexible working if have the right line manager

    Cons

    overly complex, poor processes, subjective

    Advice to Management

    .


  10. Helpful (1)

    Contracting at the stone-aged telecoms giant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Newbury, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Newbury, England (UK)

    I worked at Vodafone as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    My immediate colleagues were a really good bunch whose talents are completely wasted there. It has a free bus from town, perhaps? As a contractor the money is OK, but once you've factored in commuting costs & time, then it's not that great (sure it would be excellent if you lived close to Newbury though). I'm struggling to think of anything else positive to say.

    Cons

    Ancient hardware that really isn't fit for purpose, especially if you're expected to do anything other than use Microsoft Office. This is a serious problem considering I was in a development role and needed to run various applications to allow me to do my job. Productivity is low, morale is low, frustration is high. Arcane internal software systems that don't conform to any known standards or conventions. Don't expect to gain any transferable skills in a role here, as everything is completely "unique" (not in a good way). Weak management are very aware of the day-to-day problems here, although nothing seems to be done about it. As a contractor, no one really takes an interest in what you are doing or whether you are "getting on alright" - you'd think someone might like to know if they're getting their money's worth. Very little is communicated to you, no one shows you round, no one helps you out (immediate colleagues do their best, but they have their own work to do). Despite having a supposedly marvelous "campus-style" office complex with super-hip, hot-desking, it's actually a massive bind and unexpectedly soulless. There is no parking on-site for contractors so you are beholden to the free buses (except on Friday, but no one told me that until I'd been there for three weeks). There is nothing nearby so you're actually quite isolated. The hot-desk system is an appalling system requiring you to put your stuff away at the end of every day - you'd also be lucky to get somewhere secure to store it as there are no lockers available. Working here is very uncomfortable without a properly set-up desk - expect to get a stiff neck after a day or two.

    Advice to Management

    Rectify all of the above, and your churn rate will drop significantly.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Another World

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

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There's a gym, a doctors, a mini shop and some ducks in the mini lake.

    Cons

    There exists a HUGE gap between management and general staff. Management seem to have a brief of staying very distant from staff, so staff are left on their own with no support and 'let's see who survives'. Survival being the operative word for staff in Vodafone as staff are reviewed / compared with each other at review time. Once staff are aware of this, they compete with each other and their focus drops off of delivery. No we are not in ancient Rome, no Spartacus to be seen, but plenty of passive agressive staff battles taking place with undermining galore, whilst managers watch from a distance. Then it's thumb down for the losers. In fact Vodafone should make a TV series of office life there, or sell tickets to watch, maybe a revenue stream missed !. Appears like a great place to work when you are on the outside, but it's a very different world once you are inside, not pleasant at all.

    Advice to Management

    Sell tickets !



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