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Vodafone Reviews in London, UK

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
415 Reviews
3.4
415 Reviews
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Vodafone CEO Vittorio A. Colao
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great emphasis on diversity and work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Good hygiene factors - benefits and working environment (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance is a theoretical thing to be written down in annual reports (in 16 reviews)

  • Bullying mentality, unwillingness to deliver bad news to senior management (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company, serious management

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

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

    Pros

    Work environment, people, benefits, company reputation, leader in the field, recognition of efforts made in defence of the company and the customers

    Cons

    Not enough growth opportunities, heavily focused on cost saving, in strategic areas that reqyire investment, duality of criteria between the uk opco and other opcos of the group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the company's strategy with all employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast Paced and exciting

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

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

    Pros

    Great fast paced company that is changing all the time
    Excellent opportunities to learn new things

    Cons

    Politics , constant threat of redundancy arising out of changes that take place all the time . Too many silos exist with several teams duplicating work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Vodafone is.............

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

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

    Pros

    Vodafone means powers to no one

    Cons

    Vodafone means powers to no one

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dynamic fast changing environment

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

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities, young and ambitious colleagues, lots of opportunities and challenges.
    Very intense internal culture, empowering employees to be at their best, regardless the role or seniority.
    Huge investments in developing high potentials (both junior - graduates - as more senior).
    International mobility quite common.
    International environment (if based in UK especially).
    Flexible working (home based/part-time) that determines a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Cross-team collaboration could be better.
    Location is too isolated, if Newbury based.
    Communication and change management should be addressed better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration and create a trustful environment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    very fulfilling

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

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    you get to really do your own thing and be able to go with your gut. there is minimum bureaucracy and the company values initiative

    Cons

    weekend work sucks, but it is still very rewarding job. i only left because i wanted to get a uni degree and work in tv

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging

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

    I worked at Vodafone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people with a good package

    Cons

    you are a very small cog in a very large company and you don't know sometime why you are asked to do things and if you challenge mgmt - then you'll know about it later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes you have a good brand - but unfortnately too many staff members rely on that to get things done rather than working to achieve their goals!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A potentially great company still unable to find the best model for the Group and local companies to work effectively

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible working approach maturing, reasonable offices (albeit some are a bit too open plan) Managers reasonably competent

    Cons

    Lots of layers of governance to wade through, so driving change is hard work. Product offer heavily impacted by the handset vendors and different high street models, along with new app based competitors, making the ability to truly innovate quite limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask for yet more powerpoint instead work out how you can empower your teams more!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative fast pace global company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Regular rounds of redundancies and bullying/disinterested management makes working there unattractive.

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

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

    Pros

    Good facilities and home working possibilities. A few good people left at the coal face make working there a bit more bearable.

    Cons

    Redundancies every 6 months so if you get past the end of March and end of sept then you're safe for another 6 months.
    Bullying management who are not aware of what their people actually do. They are driven by targets to get rid of people - never mind their performance.
    Regular knee jerk crises with little productive cross functional co-operative working due to everyone being 120% overloaded and lack of support from management.
    You are a very very small cog in a monstrous juggernaut.
    Basically not much fun to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do less better so you don't keep having to fire people.
    Incentivise your management to be more co-operative and less about losing staff and reducing costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Simply pathetic

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

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

    Pros

    Facilities are very good: office is nice, convenient location, working from home is made easy

    Cons

    A disaster, no common sense and no culture that drives the company further.
    All managers think about how to save their positions, be more powerful (even if not more useful or productive) and not be blamed about the constant problems that come up, i.e. always making sure there is someone else to blame. Oh and meet the objectives, at any cost: even the company's interests' cost.
    Ambitious and proactive employees are seen as a threat and therefore put in a corner. There is no team spirit whatsoever with the exception of some small peer collaboration that is often overwhelmed by managers.
    Everyone seems to be looking for a new job and I believe that the main reason why the majority hasn't left yet is that Vodafone pays well enough, so other companies have a hard time matching salaries.
    HR is a ghost: all HR related issues are to be resolved with your Line Manager, who normally is the cause of those problems - so very helpful!! the only HR contact employees have is an HR call centre. Awful.
    My first week impression of Vodafone was confirmed everyday I stayed there: there is a Huge pink elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk about it!
    Definitely the worst company I've ever worked for in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure it's worth to make any recommendation to management, since I'm sure they know what the problem is and I'm sure they don't have any intention to solve it, simply because their interest aren't aligned with those of the company and that's partially HR's fault.
    Advice to HR would be: talk to people. Don't say "I'm sorry you are leaving" because if you really were sorry, you would have had this conversation before I resigned and tried to solve the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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