Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
45 Reviews
3.6
45 Reviews
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Portugal Telecom CEO and Director Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Large and slow, like a mammoth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a very large company and one of the biggest job creators in Portugal, so you have to give them credit for that. If you want a stable job, with an average middle-class salary that pays the bills, then this company is a good candidate. Also a good company to make a career at since they won't fire you easily, once you are in deep, and will let you stay long after you become obsolete, which is good thinking in the long run, since the welfare state will soon be history anyway. You might get good experience by working here, before you get bored.

    Cons

    This is as corporate as you get (think Dilbert): the bureacracy is infuriating and middle management often has antiquity has its greatest (only) asset. There is a time-warp field surrounding companies like these that makes everything move slower once you step inside.
    Overuse of outsourcing leads to status differences between full-employees and contractors and spreads the wealth between a lot of parasitical consultancy companies at the expense of the workforce. This makes rich a lot of people that don't really deserve it by allowing the exploitation of those poor helpless engineers, and should (but likely won't) be somehow regulated or controlled by the state with adequate legislation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't need any advice, since they already do a great job at promoting themselves and the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    In the middle of the crisis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)

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

    Pros

    The job security, the people

    Cons

    No career prospects and poor pay. Due to the actual crisis and lack of competition, there is no pressure to raise salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention to human capital, since there are no progressions in sight.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Portugal Telecom

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

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

    Pros

    Job security, good for your CV, has been under a big culture change during latest years.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, a problem in almost every big company
    Management should listen to employees
    Somewhat unfair performance evaluation system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give space for employees to put their ideas at work
    Motivate employees and avoid their departure
    STOP creating bureaucracies and frustrating processes. Simplify!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable environment

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

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Pros

    Job Security and leading market positions, diversity of protfolio, international presence
    Reduced pressure from clients
    Recognizable brand
    Good work environment with informal relation

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for growth due to a mature market, Company politics and alliances and
    Career systems based on personnal attributes which makes it harder for an unknown to go through the ranks. lack of integration with international business and lack of visibility of oportunites outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    10 years without visible investment on human resources is a long time for a company who wants to succeed. When facing such a strong menace like the ones we are living corporations need an environment that promotes change and risk taking, not authoritarian management and cost focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just fine - (regarding an engineering position, other areas such as HR are much more relaxed).

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee - IT & Telecom Engineer
    Former Employee - Trainee - IT & Telecom Engineer

    I worked at Portugal Telecom

    Pros

    The prestige of working on one of the largest companies in Portugal.
    Good for your resume. Salaries are not all that bad.

    Cons

    If you are a worker outside Lisbon, you get treated like a second-rate employee (even if you're in Aveiro).
    Should pay their engineers better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the "Cons" and improve on those.
    PT-Inovação should have a more start-up feel to it, too much micro management.
    A little more credit could be given to the "subcontratados" category.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    low salaries

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

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    Pros

    good company to learn new things.

    Cons

    you cant get a good career evolution

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

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

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great start, superb trainee program but difficult progress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Portugal Telecom

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

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but low salaries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    It is a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Lack of transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication

    No opinion of CEO

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