Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Portugal Telecom CEO and Director Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
35 Ratings

Pros
  • Ongoing Merger process with Brasilian Company Oi will bring many new chalenges (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Big company with ongoing hierarchy and operational costs reduction, thus with extremely difficult to progress in carreer (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Software Consultant at Telecom

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is financially very stable.
    You may have the opportunity to work in big projects.
    Big recognized name in market
    As far as I know, there is generally a good work environment between colleagues.

    Cons

    The main problem is the old-fashioned management culture of seeing almost everything as numbers, excel sheets, and so on... That kind of policies make employees somtimes feel as disposable.
    It is said that people are the most important thing but in practice lots of people don't feel the same. I guess this is what happens at most of big companies that exist for a long time (except some very recent ones).

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR practices, stop looking at numbers and start listening to people, introduce real empowerment policies...


  2. Only good with some years of experience.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With some years of experience you can get a good salary.

    Cons

    To start it's not the best company.

    Advice to Management

    Not a good company to start.


  3. Too rated...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People will know where you work, given it's high reputation
    Possibility of work in big projects and with lot of people

    Cons

    Management narrow minds, won't let you be creative and experience new things
    To get promoted you will have to work abroad

    Advice to Management

    Explore new technologies and way of doing things, review recruitment evaluation in order to get better people, give some word to emploess


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to learn but low salaries

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication


  6. Helpful (2)

    Portugal Telecom

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company, strong leadership!
    Overall a good place to work but if you want to reach top places be sure your properly connected!

    Cons

    It's like a large oil tanker! If you want to change direction you must do it plenty of time ahead!
    Highly concorrential market with tendency to revenue and market share decrease.

    Advice to Management

    Invest outside Portugal, make PT grow! Don't spend it all in shareholder dividends and aditional revenues. Grow or get swallowed!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Portugal Telecom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional development and growth; largest telecoms company in Portugal with strong presence in Africa, Brasil and East Timor, which potencialy allows for an international work experience; innovative and dinamic company.

    Cons

    Very heavy structure, which sometimes may generate a gab between middle and higher management and the full grasp of company's goals and objectives; large disparity of salaries between employees that came from the old public structure and recent employees; can be very extremely demanding in what concerns allowing employees to balance personal life and career.

    Advice to Management

    Management should incentive better balance between personal life and working time. They should also make more efforts to balance salaries between middle management based on merits.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not good, can't wait to leave.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

    Great start, superb trainee program but difficult progress

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Pros

    One of the biggest portuguese companies woriking in Portugal
    Offers great sense of security to its workers
    One of the main employers in Portugal
    Biggest telco in the country
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Big company means many levels in the hierarchy
    Even though it's a strong company, it's not paying the best salaries
    No career development plans at the time I left

    Advice to Management

    Mostly their work is very good, managing to remain atop on a complicated market situation and still creating new opportunities.
    However, some of the company's tallent is being put to waste with a difficult development of career.


  10. Helpful (1)

    PT Inovação - Place to make new friends

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working time. Some free food.

    Cons

    They care more about psychology than technical expertise when they are a technical company.

    Advice to Management

    Alcino, care more about technical expertise and less about psychology. A programmer is not the same as a human resources employee.


  11. Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Aradas (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Aradas (Portugal)

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work in huge projects for international clients. Make software to be used for millions of people.

    Cons

    Work as outsourcer. Few people in the team for much work.



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