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Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated July 2, 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)

    "Software Consultant at Telecom"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is financially very stable.
    You may have the opportunity to work in big projects.
    Big recognized name in market
    As far as I know, there is generally a good work environment between colleagues.

    Cons

    The main problem is the old-fashioned management culture of seeing almost everything as numbers, excel sheets, and so on... That kind of policies make employees somtimes feel as disposable.
    It is said that people are the most important thing but in practice lots of people don't feel the same. I guess this is what happens at most of big companies that exist for a long time (except some very recent ones).

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR practices, stop looking at numbers and start listening to people, introduce real empowerment policies...


  2. "Too rated..."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People will know where you work, given it's high reputation
    Possibility of work in big projects and with lot of people

    Cons

    Management narrow minds, won't let you be creative and experience new things
    To get promoted you will have to work abroad

    Advice to Management

    Explore new technologies and way of doing things, review recruitment evaluation in order to get better people, give some word to emploess

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn but low salaries"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Engineer in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Portugal Telecom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company, strong leadership!
    Overall a good place to work but if you want to reach top places be sure your properly connected!

    Cons

    It's like a large oil tanker! If you want to change direction you must do it plenty of time ahead!
    Highly concorrential market with tendency to revenue and market share decrease.

    Advice to Management

    Invest outside Portugal, make PT grow! Don't spend it all in shareholder dividends and aditional revenues. Grow or get swallowed!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great start, superb trainee program but difficult progress"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Lisbon (Portugal)

    Pros

    One of the biggest portuguese companies woriking in Portugal
    Offers great sense of security to its workers
    One of the main employers in Portugal
    Biggest telco in the country
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Big company means many levels in the hierarchy
    Even though it's a strong company, it's not paying the best salaries
    No career development plans at the time I left

    Advice to Management

    Mostly their work is very good, managing to remain atop on a complicated market situation and still creating new opportunities.
    However, some of the company's tallent is being put to waste with a difficult development of career.


  6. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Aradas (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Aradas (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work in huge projects for international clients. Make software to be used for millions of people.

    Cons

    Work as outsourcer. Few people in the team for much work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "low salaries"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company to learn new things.

    Cons

    you cant get a good career evolution

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Just fine - (regarding an engineering position, other areas such as HR are much more relaxed)."

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    Former Employee - Trainee - IT & Telecom Engineer
    Former Employee - Trainee - IT & Telecom Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The prestige of working on one of the largest companies in Portugal.
    Good for your resume. Salaries are not all that bad.

    Cons

    If you are a worker outside Lisbon, you get treated like a second-rate employee (even if you're in Aveiro).
    Should pay their engineers better.

    Advice to Management

    Read the "Cons" and improve on those.
    PT-Inovação should have a more start-up feel to it, too much micro management.
    A little more credit could be given to the "subcontratados" category.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stable environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job Security and leading market positions, diversity of protfolio, international presence
    Reduced pressure from clients
    Recognizable brand
    Good work environment with informal relation

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for growth due to a mature market, Company politics and alliances and
    Career systems based on personnal attributes which makes it harder for an unknown to go through the ranks. lack of integration with international business and lack of visibility of oportunites outside

    Advice to Management

    10 years without visible investment on human resources is a long time for a company who wants to succeed. When facing such a strong menace like the ones we are living corporations need an environment that promotes change and risk taking, not authoritarian management and cost focus


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Portugal Telecom"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, good for your CV, has been under a big culture change during latest years.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, a problem in almost every big company
    Management should listen to employees
    Somewhat unfair performance evaluation system

    Advice to Management

    Give space for employees to put their ideas at work
    Motivate employees and avoid their departure
    STOP creating bureaucracies and frustrating processes. Simplify!


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