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Pros
  • Good working atmosphere with good work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Decision making can be slow given the many layers of bureaucracy (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Terrible team

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance. The office is nice and it is a cool industry.

    Cons

    The team I worked with was full of backstabbing pretentious people who knew nothing about how to make a new business work. They tried to create office politics to cover the fact that they lacked the talent to be able to do their job properly. The project we were working on was exciting, it is a pity the team were always so negative and clueless. Manager just clocked in and out and had no idea how to build team morale. Her solution was for people to work from home on different days so we could avoid seeing each other.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should hire team managers who can solve problems instead of shying away from addressing them.


  2. Brilliant place to work always

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    Current Employee - Outbound Sales in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Outbound Sales in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Scope for promotion is huge here

    Cons

    Tough economic conditions in europe

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in peoople where possible


  3. Great place for your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very people focused, they genuinely care about the people who work there, a lot is expected but if you deliver the rewards are there. Good management, great understanding of their market

    Cons

    I've worked here a long time with very little downside, the bearing of Telefonica Spain has become quire heavy due to the state of spain of late and there is no money to do anything but thats a global siuation


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  5. Engineering Manager

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours Work-life balance Breath of responsibilities in the role

    Cons

    Move towards outsourcing all IT/network activities Lack of career progression opportunities


  6. Development and Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Since I'm with Telefónica, I have been presented with a lot of opportunities and support. I have the possibility to develop and my colleagues and managers see to it, that the path I chose is made possible. In my opinion, it is no wonder, that they won the great place to work award in different countries and score highly worldwide

    Cons

    compared to other companies around here, like Google and Facebook, who offer a great deal of perks, the offer isn't as rich but it is ample and it is a great place to work.


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    Preferential treatment / Bias

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Executive in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Executive in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Recognition given to employees "Going the extra mile". Good commission and remuneration for work carried out. Up to date training on devices and packages available.

    Cons

    Recognition to employees is only to Select employees. If you EVER made a mistake in O2 it will be held against you and brought up too regularly and career path will be closed. There is a strong Bias within the company from senior management levels. The chosen few will gain rewards and recognition the unlucky/unfortunate majority will be ignored or "Managed out" Peoples abilities and dedication will not be recognized by Senior Management.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that people can make mistakes and FORGIVE. Recognize change in employees and acknowledge when someone has Overachieved. Treat all employees equally and reward achievements as well as punishing errors.


  8. O2 PMO not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a company, O2 has good benefits and is responsive to the needs of its employees.

    Cons

    I worked in the O2 PMO (project management office) and it was a very notable exception to the generally very good O2 work environment. Management attitudes were poor and micromanagemet and generally very poor support of staff were pervasive. An example of the poor environment occurred when there were several permanent PM openings - not a single one of the 20+ contract PMs even applied.

    Advice to Management

    It has been a long time since O2 was part of the public service (it was formerly part of the state owned telecom provider) and the overbearing and top down Irish public service management approach is very counter productive.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Too many managers ignoring genuine employee issues and concerns

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    Current Employee - Xxx in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Xxx in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people working in a fast moving environment. Hard work will often receive real recognition and there appears to be real

    Cons

    People have been treated poorly in recent years and there is a disconnect between what is being said at the top versus the actual treatment of people on the ground. Many mangers only want to hear 'good news' and dismiss other viewpoints as being either disruptive or cynical. Morale is some sections is at rock bottom. Despite having all the skills 'in house', problems are not confronted head on rather they are removed, outsourced or restructured - this is quite simply a failure to 'manage'.

    Advice to Management

    Use the huge expertise that resides within the company and really MANAGE instead of moving problems (and people) elsewhere.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Twisted

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    Current Employee - Xxx in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Xxx in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good workmates within your own group who make the job a little easier.

    Cons

    Management planning things without telling employees until the very last minute. Announcing the outsourcing of the whole ~Technology Department at the earliest point in the process shows that tehy were planning it for the previous 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    The motto of being bold, open, clear, and trusted needs to be reconsidered, as some of the issues raised in the last 14 months would show that management don't follow the same standards that are expected of their employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A company only for the tough-skinned or the aggressive

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company had great potential a few years ago,but now the only advantage is you get paid an average salary to do your job, and it looks good on a CV.

    Cons

    As others have said here, bullying is something of a major problem for this company. I have seen way too many blatant examples of this kind of behaviour, and it generally goes unchecked. HR seem to support this approach under the auspices of "driving performance". It seems that recent hires into the company are more suited to a role in a Call Centre then a mature organisation, and tend to disguise their inadequacies with bluster and intimation. Unfortunately, the bullying rarely gets addressed, and complaints against aggressive behaviour are not usually accepted as such, and results in an oppressive and unhealthy environment. Company senior managers are very much unaware of what the lower managers are up to, and their behaviours go unchecked. Not a place to make a career, but ideal to get quick experience and move on. Company seems to go into a state of panic and "blame-storming" as soon as revenue targets go astray,

    Advice to Management

    Fire managers that use intimidation or aggression as a means of driving their own self worth. Focus more on your people and the people who truly display the core values.



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