Telefónica Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Challenging, demanding and rewarding company with an exciting vision

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for personal development, great flexible working environment, some of the most talented and driven people in the industry. Challenging environment that does not carry passengers means you will never have a boring day and there is a real "in it together" attitude in delivering the plan. Good flexible benefits.

    Cons

    Can't get away from the fact that pay and bonuses have fallen way behind traditional and new digital competitors.
    Very political organisation, senior leadership not very inclusive in decision making or planning and business seems to have lost its way recently in failing to align targets and objectives with values and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    More empowerment required across the business, there is significant investment in developing our people to be the best, let them make more decisions and deliver for our customers without restricting them with red tape and legacy processes.

  2. Good place for career growth and challenges but with the pace of large corporations.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, base salary in line with the industry. There are a number of challenges and exciting projects happening. Senior leadership is very competent.

    Cons

    Decisions take long to be implemented and I would say too dependent of the Spanish headquarters when it comes to larger projects.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes. There is a number of talented people in the organisation that may feel demotivated given bureaucracy.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Company constantly striving to thrive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great workmates, challenging environment, state of the art technologies and projects. Good work-life balance. Great vision from the top of the company.

    Cons

    Middle management is awful. Only top of the company leaders make decisions, but middle management don't, and when they do, no responsibility is taken. Too many reorganizations.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    lots of collaboration and teamwork

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GOOD HOURS and innovative digital business

    Cons

    limited opportunities to learn, things slowed by processes and seeking opinions

    Advice to Management

    be more open to taking risks and be more data focused. align internal practices to a lean digital decision making process

  6. Bussiness development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Madrid (Spain)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stability, best place to work, good enviorenment

    Cons

    too big, slow professional career, too political

  7. Great Place to work if want an aggressive enviroment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Sítio Elias P. de Moura (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Sítio Elias P. de Moura (Brazil)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A leanding brand in the Telecom Industry

    Cons

    It's an aggressive enviroment with a lot public sector way of work

    Advice to Management

    Consider discussing: work-life balance, promotion opportunities

  8. Helpful (1)

    A bureaucracy company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good environment, young team with very nice people, lots of social benefits as well as personal development programs

    Cons

    No technological freedom, the company does not go strong for their own projects, there is no real possibility of growth in the company, huge bureaucracy...

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company, lots of opportunities to shine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you wants to work for a company that is constantly delivering amazing solutions to stay on top of its game, Telefonica O2 can be the place for you. The opportunities are amazing for the sort of people who have loads of energy and are passionate about what they do. O2 has a great reward and recognition system and one of the best benefits packages around. I worked there for 12 years and enjoyed nearly every moment of it. Work life balance is amazing and the Bath Rd canteen is excellent.

    Cons

    Outsourcing - much of the functions of the business have been outsourced to offsite companies - this has reduced considerably the family atmosphere of working at O2 and reduced trust amongst teams.
    Its a large organisation, and you will find people you dont get on with - just hope its not your management.
    Some processes are achingly slow and beuracratic - a throw back to when O2 was part of the civil service.

    Advice to Management

    - you've got a great culture - when you celebrate wow is it amazing - do more of that
    - implement 360 degree reviews - let the people review the manager to weed out the controlling managers who say one thing to senior management and treat their people like nothing.
    - dont outsource your key intellectual property - keep it in-house to keep passionate people.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Restructure after restructure

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading network (vs competitors), good packages, people focussed, great benefits, flexible working culture (e.g. work from home, hot desks), interesting mobile innovations, in-house training (including Telefonica University courses in Barcelona)

    Cons

    constant restructures (every 6-12 months), confusing strategy, disjointed local brands (i.e. collection of local networks O2, Movistar, Vivo, and not 1 single global company), growing culture of uncertainty, lots of middle managers but the senior management feel very distant.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work, excellent initiatives not so excellent execution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Leader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some really good perks, customer focus is key and people development is really important

    Cons

    staff matrix is very lean, doesn't match the footfall and this leads to many a poor experience for both staff and customers.

    Advice to Management

    be more sincere with your staff by recognizing them for their talents and not letting them get sidelined by 'favourites' who on many a occasion aren't as good or worthy to be promoted.

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