Vodafone Reviews in London, UK

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
389 Reviews
3.4
389 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great emphasis on diversity and work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Good working environment, salary is more than avarage (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance is a theoretical thing to be written down in annual reports (in 12 reviews)

  • Rather than taking care of the development of front liners all the attentions goes to managers and Senior management staff (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Innovative fast pace global company

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

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

    Pros

    International career, international work environment, learning on the fly, dynamic work environement

    Cons

    due to the sector dynamics there are always changes you need to cope up with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great international opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Vodafone full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diverse culture, broad exposure to different technologies, international opportunities, promotes diverse workforce, strong and well known brand, challenging work, good benefits - generous holiday

    Cons

    Matrix organisation leading to duplication/conflicts of interest, constant change, pressured timescales, feel like a number, over reliance on contractors. Lots of integration challenges given number of takeovers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change needs to be actively driven by middle and senior management - too much talk (sponsorship), not enough ownership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool company

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

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

    Pros

    Hot desking
    Great building
    Exciting workplace
    Nice environment catering for all needs

    Cons

    Expensive on site food
    Parking terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Subsidised food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Big corporate feel with little diversity and sub culture of favouritism amongst the managers

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

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

    Pros

    You feel part of something big and with a Global reach. Good hygiene factors - benefits and working environment

    Cons

    Only those that fit a specific personal profile will progress in the company. Competing cultures between overseas offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve leadership in the management ranks, Value people diversity and be open to different working practices suggested by employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    All around international experience

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

    I worked at Vodafone full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary, international experience, travelling opportunities, all-around experience

    Cons

    Lack of direction, (too) frequent re-orgs, frequent shut down projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on the company's strengths (infra-structure, size, brand) and stop trying to beat the internet players.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst employer ever

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

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Paddington office is brightly and recently decorated and easily accessible being next to bus stops and the Paddington overground and underground train stations.

    Cons

    There is a strong culture of bullying within all layers at Vodafone. The majority of people here are highly unprofessional, examples include: writing whole emails in capital letters (i.e. shouting via email!), undermining each other in meetings with numerous people present (no hesitation when doing this - employees seem to enjoy being rude to each other), senior management not turning up to meetings with no reasons being given, other individuals not turning up to meetings or being late (often queuing for a drink from the staff canteen), employees forwarding emails with comments that clearly weren't meant to be seen by a wider audience. I've flagged all of these examples with my own line manager and the response was 'it is what it is'.
    The Paddington office is always crammed on a Monday or any days where there are departmental meetings going on and you aren't always guaranteed a desk to sit at due to the 'hot desk' set up here.
    The Newbury office is in the middle of nowhere and if you have to use public transport the whole way, you have to time your underground train, overground train and Newbury bus perfectly for the journey to be bearable. Obviously being the HQ, I'd say don't work at Vodafone (even in a London based role, as you will have to travel more than they disclose at interview stage) if you can't get to Newbury easily. Definitely visit these offices in interview stage to get an idea of whether this journey is going to be bearable for you.
    There's a lack of team spirit within my own department, I'm sure this is due to the multiple site locations, hot desking and also individuals working from home i.e. you could potentially not see a close team member for a whole week even though you're both working full time.
    All in all, I've found Vodafone to be very unprofessional, very unwelcoming with a strong culture of bullying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the culture at Vodafone if you want to attract and retain good people. Turn up to your own meetings. Act as an example to your teams - it is evident that all layers at Vodafone are learning the acceptable behaviour standards from the top layers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    such a pity, so much power to do good squandered through little to no direction...

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

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, helpful colleagues.
    - Flexible working which is output based.
    - Quality and experience of staff.
    - Work life balance

    Cons

    - Telling that the Group CEO left his previous position (after shareholder criticism) at RCS MediaGroup for lack of Strategy or Governance. He seems to have brought that along with him...
    - There are a number of (more senior) staff that are simply waiting for their golden handshake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a (well thought through) strategy and (more importantly) have the guts to stick to it for more than 8 months.
    Stop the political BS between Group & Local markets and learn how to work together. O2 has done it, why cant you?
    Stop messing staff around with the constant upheaval. Eventually, you will run out of good staff that are prepared to work for you. There are other employers out there. You are not the be all and end all of the mobile industry...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities available if you're prepared to do the legwork and are self driven.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Specialist  in  Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Development Specialist in Newbury, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A lot of support is available from your team/line manager and there is a vast array of self assessment and learning tools available if you're interested in a particular area.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get everyone in a room required to make a decision as it is such a fractal environment with dedicated teams and it can be difficult to know who to talk to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strip out some of the politics and do more to promote better team work within wider teams but more importantly across different departments that have a heavy reliance on one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Vodafone full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits; career opportunities; good working climate

    Cons

    Medium level salary; no bonus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over-administrated, overblown technical dinosaur.

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

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good brand name, fortunately the outside world doesn't know how poorly this company is run.

    Cons

    No training, company is too disjointed. Culture of passing the buck. Too many people playing big brother & muddying the waters rather than helping to clarify them. Management are useless & constantly misinterpret the "Vodafone Way" to administer their dictatorial methods. Company ethos is ignored constantly to find the quickest/cheapest fix. For a technology company they really struggle to grasp the concept of simplicity & use antiquated technologies. The administrative side of the company especially HR & IT support are woefully inept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your ideas are not always the best ones. Don't change everything constantly just for the sake of it. Stand up for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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