Vodafone Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Vodafone CEO Vittorio A. Colao
Vittorio A. Colao
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Pros
  • Flexible working (home based/part-time) that determines a good work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great working environment and benifits (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is appalling (in 16 reviews)

  • Rather than taking care of the development of front liners all the attentions goes to managers and Senior management staff (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Run!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time

    Pros

    Large global conglomerate with a reputation of being an average provider

    Cons

    Take your pick, but most of all the inability to get out of it's own way. Not SOX compliant, and refuses to change inept methods to adapt and improve it's delivery methods

    Advice to Management

    Just cause you've been doing something a long time doesn't mean it's the right way. You have embedded poison among your ranks


  2. Helpful (3)

    Vodafone America's - Time for a Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vodafone full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large global wireless company with solid presence in Europe. Global sales salaries are good and international travel is a great perk. I found many good people who worked for the company that are still my friends today.

    Cons

    Introduction of a Global Product did not met it was global. Usually, it had a "limited roll-out" and we often asked customers to "take the journey with us". Sales credibility be would hurt when a product's "global availability" did not increase or the product went away. Even though it was a wireless company, some new products stood to undermine those revenues and thus had limited distribution and/or capabilities. However, sales was seldom told and had to find out the hard way as were told to "go sell these products." The highly politically charged nature of the management team decimated the organization. Management promoted internal conflict as healthy and those in favor who treated co-workers with disdain were generally overlooked. The organization in a very short time transformed from a trusting, healthy, work life balanced, co-worker friendly workplace to one where distrust, lies and cronyism was rampant.

    Advice to Management

    A severe shakeup of Vodafone America's management team is needed to restore trust in the organization.


  3. ok

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    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Germany, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Germany, TX

    Pros

    good perks phone laptop great people

    Cons

    company to big to stand out

    Advice to Management

    know your staff


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  5. Lowest bid means trouble.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a great bunch of guys to work with, all remote from the corporate offices. All of had previous experience doing support of security or enterprise level products.

    Cons

    The company has a code of conduct that spells out that harassment will not be tolerated. Seems that is only applicable to within the company. Even if the other company has the same code of conduct there appears to be the thought that we can't call the customer on their code of conduct to stop harassment of our employees. Fear of losing the contract.

    Advice to Management

    a really stupid situation. The group was quickly brought together in violation of Vodafone policies concerning in country upper management. Who created this mess? What are you going (or have done) about this? How are you going to prevent this from happening again?


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great Company, Terrible Americas Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vodafone full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Travel to the UK. Good pay. Worked remote from home. Financially strong company. Great products and services.

    Cons

    HR was the worst - the company used Performance Improvement Plans (PIP) to get rid of good employees management didn't like. My manager and Americas executive management were the pits. UK had almost double the amount of holidays and time-off as the Americas team.

    Advice to Management

    Take some people skills classes and be more appreciative of your non-management employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Technical support advisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big name , good culture , good building and benefits

    Cons

    no good promotion packages. The more you work the less you get . Promotions are preserved to certain people by upper managment . HR doesnt play a real role in promoting employees, or checking their rights of upgrading positions

    Advice to Management

    change the rules. stop upper managment corruptions by providing promotions to only certain pple that you chose in advance


  8. Helpful (3)

    Utter mess, unclear strategy and stupid decisions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're in marketing they probably have an OK budget for you to play around with.

    Cons

    HQ really badly located in the middle of nowhere. The management is out of control, there is no clear strategy at all and if there is, nobody knows it. The fast growth has left the company in utter mess and employees are running around like confused rabbits clueless about where the carrots are. They rely heavily on technology and innovation but they've outsourced that. This kind of outsourcing and acquisition strategies are a typical sign of incompetent management who instead of operational excellence try to get by using financial muscle, leaving the employees exasperated.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better or they will stab your back fleeing off to competition.


  9. Call to Vodafone to listen to long time employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist (Principal Engineer) in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist (Principal Engineer) in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For young new employees there are many benefits to working for a large corporate like Vodafone. However for long time employees, the benefits that existed have been removed over the years - and now it becomes a means to an end. Keeps the mortgage paid.

    Cons

    Changes to working practices without employee consultation, together with salary capping, Global banding, little or no training and no pay rises for two years. All of which affect employee morale and final pension. Bonus scheme changed for this year based on the money the company makes, this change brought in at a time when the country is heading into a recession. Not much chance of a pay out this year.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees fairly and with respect, by recognising achievement and providing feedback on tasks undertaken. Develop career/training opportunites for employees who have been with the organisation for a number of years rather than changing job sepcifications to fit company need. LISTEN.


  10. give it a few years.... then it'll be ... what vodafone?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No good reasons to work at all for VF.

    Cons

    Long working days with no reward or recognition... managment too busy trying to cost cut that they forget the employees are only human!

    Advice to Management

    LEARN how to ber a Compitant manager!


  11. A lot of good people at mid level management. Senior management are not high quality

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay is decent and you get great international exposure

    Cons

    Most political environment I have ever encountered. Its survival of the fittest.

    Advice to Management

    empower people to deliver and stop thinking you know better than everyone else even though you have no experience at all of the internet



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