Telefónica Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
179 Reviews

3.4
179 Reviews
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Telefónica President Cesar Alierta
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of appreciation and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great environment in a new innovative company, unfortunately too much Telefonica legacy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    environment
    work-life balance
    opportunity to grow
    innovation
    approachability of senior leadership

    Cons

    no ownership
    slow moving
    too much Tef legacy, decisions now again made in Spain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, empower middle management, hire outside talent and focus less on politics, get the digital talent in who are unlikely to be the managers that have been with the company for >10 years
    Be global instead of so Spain focused

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Tech support

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telefónica

    Pros

    Decent salary for the work you're doing

    Cons

    No work satisfaction or scope for progression

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Growing and partnership, is a multinational enterprise

    Cons

    Rotation and the booses are very impositive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work if you are willing to challenge yourself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time

    Pros

    They really want you to succeed but you have to be willing to work hard and push yourself. Fully supportive of taking risks. People do well if they produce results consistently. From a culture point of view they are totally people focused (as much as any company is)

    Cons

    Its a big company now and change can take a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the plan

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer, Sr

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Lot of hard working and inteligente people;
    - Great culture and work/life balance;
    - People care genuinely about his company;
    - International experience, you work with a lot of different cultures that pushes the company and the team up;
    - Great development culture and process (agile development)
    - Strong sense of team;
    - They are open to a lot of technologies and follow the main best practices;
    - Is somewhat open about discussion the technology architecture;

    Cons

    - A lot of structural changes that affects every one in the company and creates fear in people;
    - Working with different timezones sometimes is very difficult and frustrating;
    - Sometimes is hard to create empathy and trust across countries;
    - Projects born and die suddenly;
    - Management seen sometimes not know the business they are managing;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many people owning the products, but no leaders to take real decisions;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great conditions, poor career development.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place in terms of working hours, salary, benefits and pressure. Company with a presence in 20 countries, so it is possible to relocate. Superb office and good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Very large company, few opportunities to make an impact on your own. Poor career development, as you are assigned a task and can be doing that for ages. Even though it has presence in many countries, it does not operate as a multinational, but pretty much as local companies bundled together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the once great O2 things are changing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    To be honest I'd say the people still make it and there is great flexibility, so working from home is not a problem

    Cons

    Things are getting a bit tight, so look forward to getting some pretty old kit, out of date software and they don't appear to be investing in either people or equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the customer, not just the brand. Invest in kit to equip and empower your staff to do great work as they want to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company and wonderful colleagues - Telefonica O2 Czech Republic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at Telefónica part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was lucky to work with amazing colleagues who were always willing to share their knowledge and know-how with me. I didn´t work that hard and my salary was more than competitive.Company bonuses are exceptional.

    Cons

    it was quite difficult to get promotion or get an important point across. My boss ignored my opinion and rather listened to senior workers even though their ideas weren´t always that clever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give young and motivated workers more space for develompent .

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telefónica

    Pros

    People focused
    Great culture
    Lots of training
    Fast moving

    Cons

    Tough industry but makes for a more challenging role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    O2 lost it's way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Leader
    Former Employee - Store Leader

    I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good systems and processes in place.

    Cons

    Too many changes and losing good staff left right and centre

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring isn't always the answer.

    Disapproves of CEO

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