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Telefónica Reviews in Spain

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
202 Reviews
3.5
202 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and 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.  

    Great company to work for

    • 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

    Great outlook, smart people, plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    It takes too much time to make important decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Difficult to make things happen

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

    I have been working at Telefónica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    For starters the salary is better than most of the Spanish companies and your job is very stable. The company works with the newest technologies so get know all the new products.

    Cons

    Most of the employees have been working in the company for more than 10 years, their salaries are very high and they have become lazy because they feel than the company won't fire them. New employees find difficult to start in the company because they don't find any help from their more experiences colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more pressure on the more experienced employees and make sure that new employees have a proper introduction in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Perfect

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

    I have been working at Telefónica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great conditions in all terms.

    Cons

    Not enough salary and not very well career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great global company

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

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to start your career.

    Cons

    You will have to leave in order to move on. Too many politics and few opportunity to be promoted.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    IT Process Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Process Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - IT Process Manager in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Stability, Help from anyone, compensation above average.

    Cons

    Hard to move horizontally to other positions. Even harder to move up to different positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enormous company and great opportunities but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Madrid (Spain)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a company with a massive footprint (geographically, technologically, etc). Probably any given company with presence in Spain has some sort of contact with Telefonica (gets its telecom services, sells products/services to Telefonica. etc). That offers a huge spectrum of opportunities being both client or provider of them. If you fall in the right unit there are always opportunities to move to some of the countries where the company has operations. Networking (and unfortunately politics) plays a big role in the day-to-day of the company and people use it in every way possible so you got to be in good standing with the key people who have good "hands" in the politics game. Usually if you do your job well people will look for you and you will be well considered, but always pay attention to what is said between the lines and, without stopping doing your job, play your cards well.

    Cons

    If you do your job but totally disregard the politics of the unit you are in, then you will miss opportunities and, if you do your job well, people will try to use you. Only having a good manager can help you if you are good are your job and people come at you in a "I'll-go-to-this-guy-so-s/he-will-solve-my-problem" way. Not just do your job, pay attention to who you solve problems for or who you do job-related favors for and look for them when you need them. In my opinion salespeople fundamentally drive the units and nothing can be done about it. Even if you are in a Customer Service & Operations unit and it would be obvious that customer satisfaction would be the key, the sales rep will have the last word with the client even when the service is being put in operation and the deal closing is long passed. There are so many outsourcing companies selling services (and here I'm specifically talking about professional services) that if you are a contractor you are pretty much hanging by a thread stability-wise. You could be working in the same unit for 10 years, accruing all the knowledge and from one day to the next a Purchasing rep decides that they want a resource cheaper than what your firm charges for you and next day you are relocated to a different client and the unit has lost 10 years of knowledge. It is worth to mention that the knowledge bases in Telefonica are non-existent or not well managed so the day you leave after 10 years at the company your knowledge leaves with you. It dependes on many factors but you are working on a project and specially if you are contractor you will work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are exceptions but in my experience managers look after their careers. They are not amazing leaders, managers, coaches, etc so if you get a decent and understanding manager who doesn't care about your career path or personal life then you can count yourself lucky. Management, you got adviced!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Bussiness development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Pros

    stability, best place to work, good enviorenment

    Cons

    too big, slow professional career, too political

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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)

    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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Career Development

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

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good
    some projects are interesting but are few
    It depends on the area you are

    Cons

    few career development opps, many changes in the organization
    Lack of innovation many times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good and smart people are leaving the company, please take care of them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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