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Vodafone Reviews in London UK

Updated Jun 8, 2014
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3.4 51 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Vodafone CEO Vittorio A. Colao

Vittorio A. Colao

(28 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great emphasis on diversity and work/life balance(in 16 reviews)

  • Good working environment, salary is more than avarage(in 29 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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    All around international experience

    Senior Technical Product Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst employer ever

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementAddress 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    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 Senior ManagementGet 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...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Development Specialist (Current Employee) Newbury, England (UK)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementStrip 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Test Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood benefits; career opportunities; good working climate

    ConsMedium level salary; no bonus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Over-administrated, overblown technical dinosaur.

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Analyst (Current Employee) Newbury, England (UK)

    ProsConstant change; flexible ways of working

    ConsCompromised work life balance.. Competitive co workers

    Advice to Senior ManagementX

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Demanding environment

    Brand Team (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIt is a great opportunity to learn how a global organization works. Very high quality of work and very smart people; very demanding

    ConsToo much politics; the team culture is limited; too many rounds for the get something approved

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake brave actions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Committed, engaged, positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Newbury, England (UK)

    ProsNew leadership as of January 2014. Open and approachable style, positive mindset, flexible and eager to compete. Lateral career opportunities definitely exist for people who are keen and effective at networking: a good place to build a stable career, if not a stellar one. Great emphasis on diversity and work/life balance.

    ConsCumbersome and bureaucratic in decision-making as a result of its size. Emphasis on positive mindset leads them to take the competition less seriously than they could do. They tend to favour bringing in more senior leaders from outside than promoting home-grown talent: a possible lack of opportunity to move upwards?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a fantastic company but now a complete shambles.

    Sales (Current Employee) Newbury, England (UK)

    ProsYou could get away with murder because management didn't have a clue what they were doing.
    If you like a 4 day working week this is the place for you. Very little was ever achieved on a Friday.
    Good redundancy/compromise agreements - a lot of people only stay there because they are hoping to be made redundant.

    ConsNobody picks up their phone or rarely reply to voicemails.
    Process were convoluted.
    A steady stream of redundancies on an annual/bi-annual basis (not a bad thing if you've been there a few years).
    Bullies within management.
    I have never worked for a company were the majority of people weren't willing to take ownership.
    Meetings about meetings with little to no outcome from either. Your attendees would be late because they were in the queue at one of the coffee shops.
    A market follower rather than a market leader and slow at doing that.
    Better packages paid by their competitors and forget a decent pay rise if you're promoted. You will soon be paid significantly less than your peers who have joined from outside Vodafone.
    Over priced canteen and the quality of the food is poor.
    The work/life balance is appalling. You are expected to be contactable even whilst on leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShed the weight, become agile, be innovative, empower employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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