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Telefónica Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Telefónica Presidente Ejecutivo D. José María Álvarez-Pallete López
D. José María Álvarez-Pallete López
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Pros
  • The work/life balance was the best from all places I've worked in (in 56 reviews)

  • Large, varied organisation with commitment to flexible working (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management lacks strategic information and sometimes looks misaligned whith senior management (in 19 reviews)

  • Sometimes as it is a big Company you need to involve quite a few people to progress with a project (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Worst place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Madrid, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Madrid, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational - Estability - Telecom Sector

    Cons

    no Leadership - no management.

    Only revenues are considered

    Advice to Management

    Please, manage your teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good brand in wrong hands"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits.
    Some good individuals to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communication, lack of direction and weak decision making.
    Old-fashioned leadership without a clear goal.
    There is no career path or training program.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management development training courses
    Promote the company values, mission, vision.
    Define and enforce policies, procedures and processes.
    Listen your employees feedback.

  3. "Telefonica is not committed to the operations in the USA and does not support their people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global Corporation, strong financials and job security in working in the USA for foreign employees.

    Cons

    Hierarchy, does not recognize that the USA needs USA executives and employees to run the operations and not expats. Serious leadership issues with executive team that has been left in place and with new team of managers.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your operations in the USA with USA managers as you would in Brazil and Spain and you will do a much better job of building a winning team in the USA. Do a better job of communicating with the employees and not managing through fear tactics.


  4. "Compensation plan was used by operations to hide inefficiencies and promote themselves"

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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 Telefónica full-time

    Pros

    Base Salary was competitive or above industry avg.

    Cons

    long work hours, no gratitude, quota levels were manipulated to where the sales staff could not anchor in on goals because the attainments changed often.

    Advice to Management

    Put in place a fair comp structure, reward hard work...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great brand, bad management, no room for growth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Laid-back management style. As long as you do your job, no supervisors or managers will hassle you.
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Good team and work atmosphere for the most part. Even though it is almost impossible to keep a team together for longer than a few months due to the high turnover ratio.

    Cons

    - Management keeps filling positions through staffing agencies that offer ridiculously low salaries and no benefits. Then they wonder why employees leave weeks after they are hired.

    - No room for advancement unless you have been with the company for a few decades and are friends with someone in upper management. It usually comes down to who you know, as opposed to what you know.

    - No incentives at all

    - Very limited hands on experience to be gained

    - Severe lack of leadership

    - Management does not seem to value education nor do they provide any kind of assistance with tuition or certification costs

    Advice to Management

    Start taking care of your employees at all levels. Stop contracting through staffing agencies, it is demoralizing and it happens to be the main reason for the incredibly high turnover ratio. Promotions should be based on knowledge, education and/or skills instead of seniority and hook ups at the management level.


  6. "NOC at Telefonica Miami"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Work independence
    Good Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Few benefits
    Lack of organization
    Lack of respect for employees
    Only a few growth oportunities


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Upper management in the US coming from Spain should be fired."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leader in Latin America. Good work environment. Growing customer base in the US leveraged by strong relationships in Latin America.

    Cons

    Desorganized. Confusing processes. Spanish leadership in the US are very arrogant and they do not understand the North American market. No career advancement in the US (unless you know somebody in Spain). Sales salaries are way below market average and comission plan was built to make sure you will never make money. Be content with your fixed salary or leave.

  8. "Keep looking - there are better options out there"

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

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay
    100% company paid health insurance
    Work-life balance depending on the situation or department you land in

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities unless connections with management in Spain
    No clear career ladder
    No meritocracy
    Extremely bureaucratic and pyramidal
    No processes to solve complex thing or a million processes to solve simple things
    Employees must pay travel expenses out of pocket with refunds easily taking 30+ days
    No respect for employees time
    Meetings always start late and some management-called meetings can start at 2pm and run through 10pm
    Lots of problems created by gray areas between different groups regarding where responsibilities land
    Very poor internal tools

    Advice to Management

    Burn the house and start over


  9. "Network Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    i have nothing to add

    Cons

    low salary, no holidays and impossible to work


  10. "IT technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive team, good to get background

    Cons

    Not pay what you worth it


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