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Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Portugal Telecom CEO and Director Zeinal A. Mahomed Bava
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  • A lot of know-how is leaving the company; (in 4 reviews)

  • Very low salary and respect for the human capital, specially the Field Force (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not good, can't wait to leave."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    "Steady Job" - If you want a job that allows you to live in a quiet place by the sea it may be a good choice
    Some of the work is engaging and interesting, but only in hardware or software development.

    Cons

    Low Pay when compared to other similar companies
    Small Town company, not multi-cultural and centered around the main office
    Management promoted from within and not very open to new ideas
    Work-Life balance is an issue in software development, installation and support - other areas are ok

    Advice to Management

    Hire Managers from outside the company, it need's fresh ideas.
    Fire people occasionally if they don't meet their goals.
    Be more open to fresh ideas.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to gain experience and move on elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Included in a very solid economic group. Competitive starting benefits package. Many departments where various types of skills are usefull.

    Cons

    Work hours required are not consistent with career progression. Career progression is increadibly slow and the benefits for someone working there for more than 3 years are definitly not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Work on a career path with clear and objective goals where employees know how to progress. Have a long term vision for the company that doesn't change every 2 years.


  3. "Not so good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inbound Calls Operator in Santo Tirso (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Inbound Calls Operator in Santo Tirso (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet some friends
    Learn how to work on the fly

    Cons

    Salary
    The atitude of some of the supervisors

    Advice to Management

    You really need to review the company policies of the inbound calls.


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  5. "Dont expect too much"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Godo to learn because it has a big portfolio

    Cons

    Career? Forget it. U will never be promoted


  6. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vast majoraty of colleagues have a great technical set.

    Cons

    Management outdated. Salaries really under what the market and paying and is deserved by a great number of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Give REAL opportunities to great employees, and recognize the effort all employees are making in rough times.


  7. "It used to be a good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Technician in Faro (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Technician in Faro (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace environment, great colleagues. Direct management is accessible and friendly. Good benefits and relatively good salary.

    Cons

    Management making bad decisions 9/10 times, acknowledged by everyone. Constant changes to the organization for no apparent reason. Focused in cutting down costs instead of focusing in providing a good service to the clients. Way too much bureaucracy. No career progression or new position opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing what you have been doing for the last couple of years and do the opposite. The company is not going to last long if it keeps going down the same path.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Change Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good but rare professionals that leave as soon as they can

    Cons

    Very poor and weak management


  9. "The decadence of an empire"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom as a contractor

    Pros

    PT is a big company which will give you a recognizable name in your CV. It works with state of the art technology and some people is very competent

    Cons

    Since the Oi situation, and being bought by Altice, PT has been on a one way ticket to hell. There is no money for developments, no space for thinking outside the box, no resources to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Think less about the money and more about the customer.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant at PT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Personal life / work life balance is not bad.
    There used to be some innovation in several areas (not anymore)

    Cons

    Way too old way of thinking and managing (punching cards...really?).
    Way too difficult to get anywhere in the company (and to evolve); no career plans; no concern for employees, HR doesnt listen to anyone. Salary is freezed forever once you join in.

    Advice to Management

    Stop caring only about numbers; Stop being process based and start to (really) care about people. Stop letting your best employees go away. Review salaries and stop looking for ways to demotivate people even more (latest -> making everyone pay for previously free telecomunication services)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "PT - Once great, now on it's way to closing down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good balance of your work with personal life

    Cons

    Salaries frozen
    The new owners are trying to go back in time and make it a caveman company
    Old ways still being enforced..it's like we're still in the 90's
    No career plans
    HR have no clue about tech people
    All talent is leaving

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to make PT a cable company (again).
    Unfreeze the salaries and the career plans.
    CEO needs to step up and lead people. Our old CEO was a fraud but at least he made everyone row in the same direction.
    Understand that you need people in the IT area more than others..so start paying accordingly


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