Deutsche Telekom Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges
Timotheus Höttges
11 Ratings

Pros
  • Differences respected and good company values especially relating to work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Good working environment in a wonderful city (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Quality of middle management unfortunately below average; there is no real leadership (with a few positive exceptions) (in 3 reviews)

  • Over the years, Deutsche Telekom has become very germany-focused - offering very few opportunities with international exposure (in 5 reviews)

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  1. the biggest disappointment

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

    I have been working at Deutsche Telekom

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

    Pros

    the pros are nonexistent

    Cons

    * rudimentary systems/data bases
    * procedures without logic
    * zero communication between the departments
    * inefficient employees
    * facade evaluation system it does not look true image of employees
    * disgraceful working environment
    I consider my T experience awful and disappointing (I have received a PC after 3 months, I have received my Job phone after 5 months and after 6 months I am still waiting for some apps authorizations that could help me to finish my daily job.

  2. Atmosphäre des Misstrauens hat die Freude kaputt gemacht. atmosphere of distrust has made the joy broken

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Darmstadt (Germany)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Darmstadt (Germany)

    I worked at Deutsche Telekom full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    gutes Gehalt, meist unabhängige Organisation der Arbeitsanforderungen

    good salary, mostly independent organization of working requirements

    Cons

    Keine Senior-Management-Fähigkeiten, Atmosphäre der Angst und des vorauseilenden Gehorsams

    no senior management skills, atmosphere of fear and anticipatory obedience

    Advice to Management

    Vertrauen Sie Ihren Mitarbeitern, erzwingen Sie Arbeiten auf Augenhöhe, werden Sie mutiger

    trust your employees, force working at eye level, be more courageous

  3. no place to be currently

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

    I have been working at Deutsche Telekom

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    restructuring ungoing, costcuts are everywhere

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  5. Not a great Place

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

    I worked at Deutsche Telekom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work- life balance.
    Onsite opportunity

    Cons

    Personal growth is almost nil.
    Outdated technology
    Office culture is bad.

  6. Viel Bürokratie, das Management kümmert sich nicht um die Angestellten A lot of bureaucracy, management doesn't care about the employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deutsche Telekom

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Es sind viele Technologien in Gebrauch

    A lot of technologys are in use

    Cons

    Die Leute kümmern sich mehr um sich selbst, als um das Projekt

    Fragwürdige Entscheidung vom oberen Management

    People care more about themself then about the project
    Questionable decision from the upper management

  7. Helpful (1)

    Head in the sand & on its knees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Deutsche Telekom as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Once your in, your contract keeps rolling.

    Cons

    Terrible location
    Terrible canteen, I mean really bad!
    No communication with colleagues, management, clients or users
    They sack all the talent and keep the deadwood as the talent asks why the cruisers are allowed to cruise, its insane!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood, ask yourself why ALL projects in the last 5 years have failed.

  8. Praktikant bei Internet-Dienstleistungen: Geschäftskunden Intern at Internet and Services: business clients

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Spezialist soziale Netzwerke in Bonn (Germany)
    Former Intern - Spezialist soziale Netzwerke in Bonn (Germany)

    I worked at Deutsche Telekom as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    - Junges Team

    - Hilfsbereit

    - Abwechslungsreiche Aufgaben

    - Faire Arbeitszeiten

    - Gutes Gehalt

    - Young team
    - Helpful
    - DIverse tasks
    - Fair working hours
    - Good salary

    Cons

    Mein Vorgesetzter schien nicht zu wissen, was ich eigentlich studiere. Für viele der Aufgaben, die mir zugeteilt wurden, war ich völlig überqualifiziert oder sie waren gar nicht in meinem Bereich. Anleitungen waren ungenau und manchmal wusste ich nicht mal, was der Zweck meiner Aufgabe war. Ich habe nicht das Gefühl, dass ich bei diesem Praktikum viel für mein späteres Berufsleben gelernt habe.

    Die Kantine ist übrigens auch sehr teuer.

    My supervisors didn't seem to know what I actually study. Many of the tasks I was assigned I was either completely overqualified for or did not meet my expertise at all. Also instructions were vague and at times I didn't even know what the point of my task was. I did not feel that this internship taught me much for my future career.

    The cafeteria is very expensive by the way.

    Advice to Management

    Man sollte das Praktikum auf die Person, die man einstellt ausrichten.

    Prepare the internship more according to the person you actually employ.

  9. In einem Wort: unorganisiert. In one word - disorganized.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leitender Programm-Manager in Bonn (Germany)
    Current Employee - Leitender Programm-Manager in Bonn (Germany)

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

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Viele Arbeiterrechte für Nicht-Management und sehr sichere Verträge. (In der Firma heißt es: "Wenn du deinen Job nicht machst, ist das nicht Grund genug zur Kündigung.") Das obere Management ist clever in der Kontrolle der Finanzen des Unternehmens zur Deckung dürftiger interner, ineffizienter Vorgänge.

    High worker rights for non-management and very secure contracts. (internal saying in company "not doing your job is not enough to get fired") Upper management is clever in controlling financial aspects of company to cover poor internal and inefficient operations.

    Cons

    Viele "Visionen, Missionen und Strategien" auf hohem Level mit sehr wenigen kohärenten/greifbaren Aktionsplänen. Viele Leute arbeiten für sich und ihre persönlichen Ziele (selbst auf den untersten Ebenen). Wenn persönliche Ziele im Konflikt mit einer neuen Tätigkeit stehen, ist es eine Sisyphusarbeit, die Leute zur Mitarbeit zu bewegen. Praktisch das gesamte Risikokapitalmanagement und darüber auf der höchsten Ebene sind Selbstbeförderer und arbeiten sehr selten miteinander (viele "Königreiche"), selbst wenn sie dazu angehalten werden. Viele im Risikokapitalmanagement und darüber tun alles, was sie können, um in höchst redundanten Vorgängen relevant zu bleiben. Interne Politik ist alles in dieser Firma, und jeder wählt seine Seite. Die meisten Managemententscheidungen werden unter diesen politischen Gesichtspunkten getroffen und nicht, was am besten für die Firma ist. DTAG hat noch einen langen Weg vor sich, um es anderen global führenden Telekommunikationsunternehmen gleichzutun.

    Äußerst schwieriges und verwirrendes Bonussystem. Boni werden in der Form von Gehaltvariablen verteilt, was ein Anteil des normalen Gehalts ist. Das heißt, ein PM verdient ca. 80.000, aber nimmt nur 80 % davon mit nach Hause. Die anderen 20 % müssen mit persönlichen Zielen verdient werden. Es besteht die Möglichkeit, 120 % der verbleibenden 20 % zu erreichen, aber das ist sehr selten. Daher gibt es im Grunde keine Boni.

    Lots of high-level "visions, missions, and strategies" with very few cohesive/tangible action plans. Most people work for themselves and personal targets (even at the lowest levels). If personal targets conflict with new activity then it's like moving the Titanic to get people to contribute. Practically all the management of VP and above are the highest level of self-promoters and very rarely work with each other (lots of "Kingdoms") even when told to do so. Most management of VP and above do everything they can to remain relevant in highly redundant organisations. Internal politics is everything in this company, and everyone chooses a side. Most management decisions are made with these political considerations and not for whats best for the company. DTAG still has a long road ahead to mimic other global telecom leaders.

    Very, very tricky and misleading bonus arrangement. Bonuses are in the form of a salary variable which is actually a percentage of normal pay. Meaning a PM will make approx 80k but in actuality will only take home 80% of the 80k. The other 20% must be earned in personal targets. Possibility exists to reach 120% of the the remaining 20% but is very rare. Therefore bonuses actually do not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Die Unmenge an redundanter Organisation loswerden, die Zahl der Personen im Risikokapitalmanagement und darüber massiv verringern und die verbleibenden Personen bei der Entscheidungsfindung ohne die Angst des politischen Selbstmordes unterstützen.

    Eliminate the massive amount of redundant organizations, greatly reduce the number of VP's and above, and empower/support the remaining VP's and above to make decisions without the fear of political suicide.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Blind für das globale Bild Internationally Blind

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Projektmanager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Projektmanager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at Deutsche Telekom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    DTAG ist in über 50 Ländern der Welt vertreten, hat massive ICT-Ressourcen und ist teilweise immernoch Besitz der deutschen Regierung.

    DTAG is located in over 50 countries worldwide. DTAG has massive ICT resources. DTAG is still partly owned by the German Government.

    Cons

    Die leitenden Angestellten der DTAG sowie die Top-Manager sind alle gebürtige Deutsche. Sie nehmen fälschlicherweise an, dass sie wissen und verstehen was außerhalb von Deutschland passiert, haben jedoch gleichzeitig nicht die nötige Motivation oder den Mut offene Fragen wie „Wie geht’s?“ zu stellen.

    DTAG HQ leaders and top managers, being primarily native-born Germans, inaccurately assume they understand and know what is going on outside of Germany without the necessary motivation nor courage to ask open questions like "Wie geh'ts?"

    Advice to Management

    Hören Sie auf, 100% Ihrer Aufmerksamkeit auf Technologie, Prozessoptimierung, Finanzen und Überwachung zu lenken und fangen Sie an direkt mit Ihrem globalen Team zu arbeiten. Fangen Sie an mit Menschen zu arbeiten. Rechnen Sie die menschlichen Faktoren ein und der Aktienwert der DTAG wird sich in drei Monaten verdoppeln – garantiert!

    Stop placing 100 percent emphasis on technology, process optimization, finances and governance and start working directly with your global staff. Start working with people. Deal with the human factors and DTAG's stock price will double in three months - guaranteed!

  11. Telekom

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deutsche Telekom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance leans clearly in favour of the 'life' component
    Decent benefits package

    Cons

    Not particularly challenging
    No accountability for decisions or performance
    Performance culture very lacking meaning that there is litte incentive for driven, motivated calibers

    Advice to Management

    The soft stuff is the hard stuff - get performance management right and an accountability and performance culture will develop. The rest will follow.

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