Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Portugal Telecom CEO and Director Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
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Pros
  • It's overflowing with talent, so it is a great place to learn (in 3 reviews)

  • Excellent place to learn and get experience, great work environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Bureaucracy, a problem in almost every big company (in 4 reviews)

  • Low Pay when compared to other similar companies (in 3 reviews)

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  1. good place to learn if you are very very persistent, you don't progress by the work you've done

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time

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

    Pros

    it had some values but they're gone
    bright people

    Cons

    very unfair
    lots of "politics"
    low pay
    few people work a lot, most don't have that much work to do

    Advice to Management

    get out

  2. Helpful (1)

    To much outsourcing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    You learn enterprise size methodologies there. The company lunch area is reasonable although it could have more variety.

    Cons

    They don't have good work life balance and the outsourcing is terrible, seen people there that are outsourced by as much as four companies before being deploy in their work post, a victory for the middle men.

    Advice to Management

    the outsourcing is not really saving any money, offer those workers half of what you pay to the outsourcing companies and the "real" workers will be be very happy with the 50% raise and a stable job. I simply quit and moved on to a better work because these critical points would not be meet even if I was very good at my work.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place to unleash your full creativity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

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

    Pros

    Safe job; Perks like health insurance, telecommunications products discounts, etc; Lots of people using the products you gonna help design and develop.

    Cons

    Low wages; incompetent management; corporate environment; many internal divisions with the different commercial brands (SAPO, MEO, TMN), which hinders your work; lots of focus on charging the customer instead of creating great products; cultural division of employees by their rank and job skills;

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized; think ahead of time; don't always make last minute decisions; give more autonomy to your team members; stay focused instead of trying to create too many products; give real and honest feedback to the team; give importance to continuous assessment of workers job, not only at yearly evaluation.

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  5. Dont expect too much

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

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

    Pros

    Godo to learn because it has a big portfolio

    Cons

    Career? Forget it. U will never be promoted

  6. Not so good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inbound Calls Operator in Santo Tirso (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Inbound Calls Operator in Santo Tirso (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Meet some friends
    Learn how to work on the fly

    Cons

    Salary
    The atitude of some of the supervisors

    Advice to Management

    You really need to review the company policies of the inbound calls.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A good place to gain experience and move on elsewhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Included in a very solid economic group. Competitive starting benefits package. Many departments where various types of skills are usefull.

    Cons

    Work hours required are not consistent with career progression. Career progression is increadibly slow and the benefits for someone working there for more than 3 years are definitly not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Work on a career path with clear and objective goals where employees know how to progress. Have a long term vision for the company that doesn't change every 2 years.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not good, can't wait to leave.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    "Steady Job" - If you want a job that allows you to live in a quiet place by the sea it may be a good choice
    Some of the work is engaging and interesting, but only in hardware or software development.

    Cons

    Low Pay when compared to other similar companies
    Small Town company, not multi-cultural and centered around the main office
    Management promoted from within and not very open to new ideas
    Work-Life balance is an issue in software development, installation and support - other areas are ok

    Advice to Management

    Hire Managers from outside the company, it need's fresh ideas.
    Fire people occasionally if they don't meet their goals.
    Be more open to fresh ideas.

  9. Business Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Lisbon (Portugal)

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

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

    Pros

    It's overflowing with talented people; there are some excellent and challenging projects if your in the right place

    Cons

    It's losing culture and values; not enough agile; bad HR performance evaluation model; poor career opportunities; a very verticalized organization;

    Advice to Management

    The actual HR performance evaluation model is completely wrong

  10. Good place to start your career but not a place to make one

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment
    Good internal mobility that promotes growth
    Excellent people to work with
    Positions available in almost every part of the country
    Good entry level salaries

    Cons

    - Great level of bureurocracy on its processes
    - A lot of people doing the same thing
    - Total lack of career oportunities
    - Absence of individual goals
    - Doesn't recognize individual merit
    - Lack of growth in salary throughout the years

    Advice to Management

    Change the current career plan
    Enforce accountability to its mid and top management
    Decrease the size Of the teams

  11. Good company to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary for juniors, great perks and flexible schedules. Variety of projects

    Cons

    No raises, almost impossible to progress in the hierarchy.

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