Sensis
2.6 of 5 24 reviews
about.sensis.com.au Sydney, Australia 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 29, 2014

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John Allan

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Was a great place to be, until Telstra got too heavily involved

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Office and Location
    Good Reward and Recognition systems

    ConsWay too much influence from Telstra
    Some peoples "tyres" were a bit over inflated, results in some cocky people that cant really deliver
    Got a bit "wanky" in the end
    The Sales workforce were very well looked after, rest of the business suffered because of this

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen the new guys that bought the business start telling you how to do your jobs and run this business, learn from the Telstra days and try and fight for the rest of the Sensis team. Don't bow down to the new company the way you did to Telstra. Because now look what has happened - they ripped the heart and good people out of that business and then chucked it on the market. - and for what?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Profit focused, loyalty and hard work not rewarded

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsApart from the people I was in the trenches with nothing.

    ConsManagers do not listen or take feedback on board. Qualifications do not mean anything, it's more who you know.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the "cool kids" clique of managers and team leaders who seem to hate doing their jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of communication is disheartening

    Media Sales Advisor (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsOpen and supportive work environment within the team. People are smart and willing to help. If you work hard, its recognised and there are opportunities for progression provided.

    ConsSenior managements communication is bad and and you feel like they don't care for their employees. Changes happen often with little to no warning

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe office culture within teams is good, but management needs to be more transparent with their plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Uncertainty of business outlook

    Development Team Lead (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsStrong life-work balance culture. Centralised location (HQ is actually Melbourne not Sydney)

    ConsUncertainty of business outlook
    Agile development workshop but SDLC as backbone. Meaning: slow product development life cycle

    Advice to Senior ManagementClarity on new strategy after new owner took over
    Clarity on the context of IT projects. (Which translate to values which could be communicated to IT developers)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNone, used to be good pay with great comms but is now aligned with the Telstra model (Pay peanuts and you get monkeys)

    ConsApparently now with the sale to an overseas american company, apparently management will targeted and compensated on how well they can drive and push staff to produce more revenue.

    Typical, take away incentives and financial benefits from the staff who are actually doing the hard work and give it to management.

    Will be a very volatile and stressful environment. There are plenty of alternative employment opportunities that pay much better without all the bs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    company going down hill

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    Proslocation is the best, there is no pressure to work over time.

    Consthere is no exciting projects, upper management does not understand technology those days - they are stuck in time at least 10 years.

    Advice to Senior Managementreplace management with young, up-to-dated and motivated people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people but top heavy & bureaucratic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIn the trenches I’ve worked with some amazing talent here, the location is good and a couple of the projects have been great to work on.

    ConsSlow to change and still rooted in the past. It's extremely top heavy with many unneeded roles and unnecessary bureaucracy that hinders the rapid change needed to transform the businesses from paper to Digital.

    Middle management is a joke. With a few exceptions they are not qualified, lack vision and don't seem to get digital concentrating on tactical rather than strategic decisions. Management talk of "slogging" customers for more cash and selling perceived value. Theres a risk averse culture that also hinders what could be a progressive media heavyweight. Testament to the bad management is the 70% sale for $454 million of a company that only 10 years ago was valued at $10 billion.

    Very poor internal communication and the constant reshuffles and redundancies have eroded team moral. No training budget; terrible internal admin tools and processes and work environment is worn out and uninspiring.

    I can see things getting better with Telstra selling it majority share but over all a declining business where the majority of people working there no longer believe in the brands.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStream line and get rid of the dead weight. More "doers" less management.
    Listen to your team and accept the expert opinions rather than push things through based on ego and saving face.

    Be more open and communicate better before the rumor mill takes over. Work in closer proximity with your team and don't let the politics get in the way of the product you produce.

    Concentrate on strategy, problems worth solving and staff over short term gains, ego driven solutions and old fashioned attitudes and ways of working. Most of all listen to your customers and provide real rather the perceived value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some great people but top heavy & bureaucratic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIn the trenches I’ve worked with some amazing talent here, the location is good and a couple of the projects have been great to work on.

    ConsSlow to change and still rooted in the past. It's extremely top heavy with many unneeded roles and unnecessary bureaucracy that hinders the rapid change needed to transform the businesses from paper to Digital.

    Middle management is a joke. With a few exceptions they are not qualified, lack vision and don't seem to get digital concentrating on tactical rather than strategic decisions. Management talk of "slogging" customers for more cash and selling perceived value. Theres a risk averse culture that also hinders what could be a progressive media heavyweight. Testament to the bad management is the 70% sale for $454 million of a company that only 10 years ago was valued at $10 billion.

    Very poor internal communication and the constant reshuffles and redundancies have eroded team moral. No training budget; terrible internal admin tools and processes and work environment is worn out and uninspiring.

    I can see things getting better with Telstra selling it majority share but over all a declining business where the majority of people working there no longer believe in the brands.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStream line and get rid of the dead weight. More "doers" less management.
    Listen to your team and accept the expert opinions rather than push things through based on ego and saving face.

    Be more open and communicate better before the rumor mill takes over. Work in closer proximity with your team and don't let the politics get in the way of the product you produce.

    Concentrate on strategy, problems worth solving and staff over short term gains, ego driven solutions and old fashioned attitudes and ways of working. Most of all listen to your customers and provide real rather the perceived value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    sales focused AD comapny

    Network Engineer (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    Prosfast moving company
    sales focused culture but it accelerate the people to move
    not sure it is always positive though
    fast moving is sometimes better than nothing in this world

    Consbureaucracy without any reason
    if the manager want to hire somebody totally based on personel prejudice and lots of
    discrimination
    based on sex and race

    you don't get the fair treatment or any of right thing to do

    Advice to Senior Managementlook at the right people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, but company hamstrung by lack of focus

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsFantastic location, nice office, and Sensis still manages to attract some very good talent. Getting to work with people who are very good at what they do is always a plus.

    ConsSenior management have a knack of never quite working out what Sensis' strengths are. Consequently they continually chase the market, spreading the available funds too thin on poorly thought through acquisitions, or badly implemented products for which they have failed to prove there is actually a market for.

    Sensis could actually be a powerhouse digital company, but only if senior management exercise some self-discipline and stop trying to do everything at once.

    Hopefully this will change now that Sensis has been bought by a private equity firm and can get from the dead hand of Telstra.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on execution. Seriously.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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