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Updated April 23, 2017
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Pros
  • great work life balance for uni students (in 153 reviews)

  • Great Working Environment & Location (Great network structure with M50 / Luas / Dublin Bus) (in 230 reviews)

Cons
  • the industry of telecommunication is very challenging so almost all the work is urgent and important that may cause people to lose work/life balance (in 128 reviews)

  • No work life balance , tremendous peer pressure (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Going Nowhere Fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    international travel was a nice perk. Working with global teams. Having a global brand helped open doors for meetings. In some roles you can work autonomously.

    Cons

    Management has absolutely minimal interest in you or your career.

    Vodafone has a female leadership issue, which is why year after year the culture permits senior leaders to Dress in Drag and Perform vulgar skits during the annual sales meetings. international travel cut dramatically making the job less interesting. HR is abysmal, old boy network still in place, you will be pressured to go team building (drinking) with senior leaders who may be functioning alcoholics. There are very few opportunities for advancement here and the turnover rate is extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    Pretend to care about career advancement and development.

    Stop promoting Yes Men. There is no innovation going on at Vodafone right now. Many Snarky, tone deaf, miserable people leading the U.S.. They were depressing to talk to and work with.

    Stop the tacky drag routines at the sales meetings (senior management dressed like street walker with cartoon sized breasts dancing to Get Lucky to motivate the sales team) and actually hire a woman or 2. They would stop the tacky sexist drag act in the planning meetings!


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Vodafone UK in Egypt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor UK Account in Egypt, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor UK Account in Egypt, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vodafone full-time

    Pros

    salary
    food allowance
    vpn mobile allowance
    employees are youth and young

    Cons

    10 working hours
    No career development (Slowly)
    Stressful job with non-logic targets


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good start for college grads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VTMP in New York, NY
    Current Employee - VTMP in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vodafone full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best and well-known telecom companies in the world

    Cons

    Career advancement options is very limited and compensation is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global brand, financial stability, network

    Cons

    US team is not well led. Priorities and support are poor.

    They lack clear goals and products and services that work in all countries.

    Advice to Management

    Deliver what you say you will. Get in the field with customers.

    They talk a good game but can't deliver or have knowledge how to run a sales team.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Vodafone Americas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    World leader - broad international focus. Top in its field

    Cons

    Internal competition and siloed data on key projects. Strategy vacillates

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve process execution and consolidate disparate systems. Work more on developing camaraderie across disparate (and distributed) teams.


  7. "Data analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were good. Time off for work life balance was good.

    Cons

    Management is extremely unprofessional and only focused on their needs

    Advice to Management

    Work together and look at the bigger picture as a large team instead of smaller individual ones


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Vodafone Americas is disorganized and you will be overlooked/laid off if you're not working in the NYC HQ"

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were great people to work with. Mobility to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Our entire office closed and most of the staff was laid off, including myself. If you're not working/located in the NYC HQ office or around the NYC metro to pop into the HQ once and awhile to show your face, management will ignore you. NYC HQ is trying to consolidate a lot of the core corporate positions to be located in the NYC office. The yearly performance reviews are a joke, disorganized, and don't have any real value. There's no real work/life balance. It seems like I was always working in the evenings and on weekends like many of my colleagues. High turnover across the entire company. No real guidance or orientation on how to access systems or applications to do your job when I started or while I was working there.

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about your employees. You preach work/life balance, but take no real action. Reevaluate the performance reviews to actually mean something to employees. Listen to employees.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Bad people"

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

    Pros

    A very big company in so many countries

    Cons

    The are terrible with the customers and the employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Processes, Toxic Management, Lack of innovation"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance albeit mostly because of crappy processes and general inertia. You only need to work 3 - 4 hours on most days and spend the rest of the time doing busy work (redundant mails, useless powerpoint presentations or trying to get visibility with you manager). Even if you want to work longer hours, you will be repeatedly thwarted because your coworkers don't work at the same pace or share the same work ethic!

    I was not particularly interested in career advancement with the company so I skipped the busy work. Ended up spending a lot of time on twitter and taught myself a couple of languages to pass the time.

    Cons

    Where do I begin! The company knows how to do one thing fairly well...selling postpaid SIM cards in bulk. The problem is it can't do much else. There's a lot of pep-talks about Innovation, being nimble and agile and corporate values but in reality, internal processes and controls are so stifling that even simple work items which take weeks elsewhere drag on to months or years. The inertia is reaching a point where more nimble competition is beginning to eat away even at the core business. However this is being conveniently ignored by focusing on 'vanity metrics', which brings me to the second point namely....

    Middle and Senior Management is of extremely poor quality, mostly B and C players who have been in the industry since the late 90's and are now stuck where they are (look up 'Peter Principle'). This creates a toxic atmosphere in the organization, with the focus more on sycophancy and power politics rather than on actually getting anything done. Bad news or setbacks are seen as something to be punished for rather than a learning experience. As a result, there is no risk taking and everyone is incentivized to play safe and not take any big bets. Most smart, ambitious and motivated folks have left and the ones who are left behind are either too inexperienced to see how messed up things are or just plodding along, doing the bare minimum necessary to collect a paycheck

    Organization Culture is a farce and the priority here seems to be 'Processes over People'. Too many horror stories and facepalm moments to cite but when I eventually quit, my exit interview was a 1 Page form which I had to fill up and submit over email. That about sums up how the organization operates!

    Advice to Management

    Not a lot...pretty much beyond redemption. I've worked with Vodafone subsidiaries in 2-3 countries as well as with a bunch of people from Group and quality is abysmal everywhere. I guess AT&T or Softbank will take over and clean out the deadwood at some point.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "unstable company and no job is safe"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and PTO, decent coworkers. Can sometimes work from home.

    Cons

    Terrible disconnect between different departments, lack of communication. Everyone is overworked and the upper management always talks about how headcount needs to be reduced. Jobs are outsourced often and it is also extremely difficult to get information from other parts of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Stop measuring everything by headcount and overloading your workers. Hire backfill if it is needed, think about the customer and not about your huge profit. Actually value your employees instead of outsourcing jobs for cheap and poor quality labor.


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