Telstra

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Telstra Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
180 Reviews
3.4
180 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great with ability to work from home (in 25 reviews)

  • There's very flexible working conditions, I work from home or wherever four days a week (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Large organisation which is sometimes slow to move (in 7 reviews)

  • Too much red tape required to get anything done (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Still have a way to go to be a top company

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

    I have been working at Telstra full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly flexible and family friendly. There is always something to do. The people are friendly, knowledgeable and generally good to work with.

    Cons

    There are too many things to do. People are being swamped with things to do and the priority shifts regularly. It is a rather reactive company. You fix the next "fire" or do the next priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead and inform people in advance. People do not like to be informed last minute that you need to do and deploy something in a week or 2 time, of which are always delayed anyway as it is unrealistic.

    Provide more visibility. I do not know most of what my managers need until the last minute. Perhaps some kind of visible group goals and incoming goals?

    Allocate time to reflect. This "rush" to do things is not giving any time to make things better. Just means that you end up doing more "rush" work that results in poor quality over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    a good place to be obsolete

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    used to be a good place to work with heaps to learn

    Cons

    too many restructuring resulting in lost momentum in previously made strategic decisions that are still relevant.

    middle management (mostly those in Melbourne) thinks the world is revolving around them and are not comfortable (and incapable of) managing staffs outside their own city.

    they withheld information, have appalling time management skills - hardly on time (at least on average late by 10min) for meetings (including those they are supposed to host) and always go over time, keep moving meetings at the last minute or past the scheduled meeting time. conveniently exclude staffs outside their own city from important meetings and team events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none. too hard, they won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great energy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager Digital in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - General Manager Digital in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Women are supported and provided flexible options.

    Cons

    Large company, slow to move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move quick. Break stuff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Telstra is just same all big company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Good place to get your experience but there is no internal communication with senior management whatsoever.

    Cons

    Get experience in Telstra and move to smaller company with better options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point, no change will be done. Been there and Done that.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun at first but greediness gets the better of people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Customer Advisor in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Telstra part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly culture among lower employees
    Always kept busy by customers

    Cons

    Bonus hungry managers
    Flexibility around shifts are non existent
    New bonus scheme for employees are not competitive
    Increased favouritism
    Double standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your lower employees individually rather than collectively and managers are getting paid bonuses to 'motivate' employees where rather they're threatening staff to sell products at all costs or risk not having any shifts. Toxic culture by managers to gain bonuses for themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work culture but lot of red tape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Telstra as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Trying to be Agile in development practices

    Cons

    Lot of resistance to change
    Not enough coaching / guidance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Good to work in but needs a lot of improvement

    Cons

    Bad to work in but needs a lot of improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A large company with endless resources & on a path for change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Experience Segment Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Experience Segment Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    HUGE budgets, great market share, some really smart leaders, endless resources at your disposal

    Cons

    can be somewhat political, slow moving, very bureaucratic & lots of duplication of effort. Too many people doing the same job!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less top heavy management structure required to reduce duplication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good challenging atmosphere with lot of opportunities

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

    I worked at Telstra

    Pros

    good challenging atmosphere with lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Lot of politics and no perks or bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow c life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work - work with the best in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Expert in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - IT Expert in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Telstra full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Access to the best of everything - they have lots of resources and access the best vendors from around the world

    Cons

    Large company - easy to be missed as an employee - - hard to be seen in the size of the company or appreciated for the work you really do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose sight of the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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