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Portugal Telecom Reviews

Updated August 17, 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 (2)

    "Not a good place to unleash your full creativity."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safe job; Perks like health insurance, telecommunications products discounts, etc; Lots of people using the products you gonna help design and develop.

    Cons

    Low wages; incompetent management; corporate environment; many internal divisions with the different commercial brands (SAPO, MEO, TMN), which hinders your work; lots of focus on charging the customer instead of creating great products; cultural division of employees by their rank and job skills;

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized; think ahead of time; don't always make last minute decisions; give more autonomy to your team members; stay focused instead of trying to create too many products; give real and honest feedback to the team; give importance to continuous assessment of workers job, not only at yearly evaluation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "To much outsourcing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn enterprise size methodologies there. The company lunch area is reasonable although it could have more variety.

    Cons

    They don't have good work life balance and the outsourcing is terrible, seen people there that are outsourced by as much as four companies before being deploy in their work post, a victory for the middle men.

    Advice to Management

    the outsourcing is not really saving any money, offer those workers half of what you pay to the outsourcing companies and the "real" workers will be be very happy with the 50% raise and a stable job. I simply quit and moved on to a better work because these critical points would not be meet even if I was very good at my work.

  3. "good place to learn if you are very very persistent, you don't progress by the work you've done"

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

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time

    Pros

    it had some values but they're gone
    bright people

    Cons

    very unfair
    lots of "politics"
    low pay
    few people work a lot, most don't have that much work to do

    Advice to Management

    get out


  4. Helpful (2)

    "An example of bad administration"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with several clients, one of major companies in cloud computing

    Cons

    Absolutely no motivation to employees; administration "friends" are preferable to hard working employees; no liberty to stand out or give or opinions. Lack of commitment; Un ability to pursuit and management processes

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving jobs to every little friend of yours; you not that great anymore


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Down the hill"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very updated company in terms of technology.
    Fantastic and enthusiastic colleagues that gives you high motivation to give your best

    Cons

    Incapable of retain the best resources
    Bad HR management
    Low ethics when reviewing contracts with employers
    Change work place of employees without minimal concern and you are in or you are out

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Knowledge
    Expertise and experience
    Always on the edge of technologie

    Cons

    Business plans
    No HR policies
    Hardly recognised

    Advice to Management

    Change HR policies in order to get in track again


  7. "Senior Network and Security Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network and Security Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Network and Security Engineer in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1st Telco Technologie, contact with different technology providers, good place to start and important for the CV, stay no longer than 2-3 years, learn quick and leave asap!

    Cons

    Carreer perspectives = zero, Benefits = 0, Managers just push/explore you until you break or complain, they just don't care about you as a person! They don't know how to plan and only think about themselves!

    Advice to Management

    Adjust to the 21st Century, learn to plan, to say no,to recognize and reward!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "it used to be the best place in Portugal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Aveiro (Portugal)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Aveiro (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portugal Telecom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good work environment
    - casual
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - no advancement in career
    - cuts and layoffs
    - does not value talent

    Advice to Management

    stop killing this company


  9. "No career advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance (but degradating from month to month);
    Good healthcare plan;

    Cons

    No career progress;
    A lot of know-how is leaving the company;
    Big differences between employers (work hours; salaries; benefits, ...);

    Advice to Management

    Revise the career plans;


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


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