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Telstra Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 8, 2020

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3.5
63%
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Andrew Penn
600 Ratings
Pros
  • "You wont find a better company to have a work life balance, the opportunity to work from home whenever is incredible(in 222 reviews)

  • "Flexible working arrangements promoted(in 208 reviews)

Cons
  • "Red tape of many processes that sometimes delay project timelines(in 52 reviews)

  • "restructures at least every year(in 50 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Business Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Telstra full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance and support network.

    Cons

    Culture can be quite different between teams and departments

    Telstra2017-09-14
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Overall good experience, but could have been a great experience"

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    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telstra

    Pros

    -flexible schedules, easy work/life balance -you do meet a lot of great people -deadlines for work are manageable -great exposure, especially to international business and corporate events -opportunity for travel and promotion -nice perks like free food & drinks -benefits are good, but HR has a hard time explaining them/helping you -you learn as you go in most cases there is no formal training

    Cons

    -even though you work with a lot of great people, there are still office politics that can be very distracting and unnecessary to the work, not everyone is as nice as they seem -micromanaging is a huge con here, even managers who aren't yours do it you start to feel like you are under a microscope -lots of road blocks from upper management/exec team which stunts growth and opportunity for the company & employees -you'll find some really hard workers at this company and then you'll find people who know how to take advantage of them -HR ultimately just processes your paycheck, they have the companies best interests not the employees -they thrive on their Future Ways of Working like working from home and better technology, but not everyone gets those perks and the computers/phones are very outdated for a telco company.

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    Advice to Management

    -management should come into the office more regardless of location and home life. This will give them a better understanding of the office environment and what happens on a day to day basis. This would also probably help with the excessive amount of micromanaging -retain and appreciate the hard workers you have in an industry like this it's hard to come by

    Telstra2017-07-12
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of Unprofessional, Passive Aggressive, Rude, COMPLETELY Unacceptable Behavior!!!"

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

    I worked at Telstra full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, and lots of options to work remotely when needed. They set you up with basic equipment, but for a telecommunications company, they could improve. Opportunity for travel. Interesting initiatives.

    Cons

    The BIGGEST con of working at Telstra, are DEFINITELY the COMPLETELY unprofessional, rude, arrogant, passive aggressive behavior that are exhibited by many of their employees. Apparently a lot of the "old-timers" and even Senior Management, GM's in particular, act in a way that is COMPLETELY unacceptable. Even my children are better behaved! And it's unfortunate that this behavior is actually rewarded by this organisation, because it is seen to be "getting results" and many of these GM's win recognition in the form of awards, but the only reason that they got these so-called initiatives in, was because they bullied, harassed and condescended on the people below them to force their own agenda. And many times this is at the expense of other people or teams within the company. It is completely unbelievable. It is unacceptable to have such a poisonous working environment where people and teams that exist within the same organisation, and who should be working together, are aggressively pitted against each other and actively seeking ways to dismantle the good work that is being done in other teams. It is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS. GM's - IN WRITING - say things like "you've obviously missed the point" "we're not getting anywhere" "you're wasting my time" when you've CLEARLY understood but they aren't hearing what they want to hear. THOSE ARE NOT THE WORDS OF A PROFESSIONAL . They are the words of a petulant child who can find no other way to resolve conflicts in a professional and productive manner. So disappointed with an organisation that could be doing great things. There are SOME great people there, and funding there to really make a difference. It's unfortunate that they keep around such poisonous, petty individuals who I would be ashamed of if they were my children.

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    Advice to Management

    DO NOT reward petulant, passive aggressive, rude, unprofessional and condescending behavior. You are creating a poisonous working environment, negative culture, the good people will leave for better opportunities and an opportunity to work with ACTUAL professional and talented likeminded people and you will just be forced to continue hiring contractors to fill the void of the good people you allowed your senior management to drive away because results are more important to them than the well being of the team and ultimately the organisation, as they drive these individuals away.

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    Telstra2015-08-05
  4. "Overall Balanced Telecom Company"

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    Former Employee - New York (NY) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Telstra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. The almost laid back lifestyle is rare on Wall St. Small team, so good team spirit.

    Cons

    Acquiring talent from other competitors instead of building entry level talent on their own

    Advice to Management

    If you want the US business, hiring only US sales is not enough. You need to go further in localization.

    Telstra2015-03-20
  5. "Best life work balance company"

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    Current Employee - Systems Specialist 

    I have been working at Telstra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You wont find a better company to have a work life balance, the opportunity to work from home whenever is incredible. Work responsibilities can be as much as you feel you can do.

    Cons

    Career growth can be slow, as there are not many opportunities to go up in the chain

    Telstra2020-01-08
  6. "technical analyst"

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telstra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexibile working style. work life balance

    Cons

    politically not friendly, hierarchical layer

    Advice to Management

    have a better goal to motivate the employees

    Telstra2020-01-06
  7. "Lack of direction and execution capability in the international market"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Hong Kong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telstra full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, work-life balance, work from home

    Cons

    Lack of competitive products, collaboration, and capabilities

    Telstra2019-12-29
  8. "Finding its way"

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    Former Employee - Principal Product Owner 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telstra full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible and supportive of healthy work life balance Depth of talent, experience and resourcing Shift to Agile ways of working almost complete

    Cons

    Rolling rounds of restructures and redundancies has led to shifting priorities, projects that stop and start or are handed over mid-stream, and a lack a consistent focus for individuals and teams Changes have given way to acceptance of wide gaps in salary, experience and individual contribution across the same band of roles, at all levels

    Telstra2019-12-04
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Customer Project Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telstra part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible work arrangements, work life balance

    Cons

    Slow internal processes that can impact project delivery

    Telstra2019-11-25
  10. "Great environment with fantastic people, but there are tons of legacy system and complicated procedure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telstra for less than a year

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance Professional environment Appreciate cultural diversity and safe environment

    Cons

    Complicated Procedure, and legacy system In order to get any access, wait at least 1 week

    Telstra2019-12-07
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