Telefónica
3.4 of 5 155 reviews
www.telefonica.com Madrid, Spain 500 to 999 Employees

Telefónica Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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70% Approve of the CEO

Telefónica President Cesar Alierta

Cesar Alierta

(30 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Lack of appreciation and work life balance"
    in 4 reviews
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Systems Administrator and Infrastructure Leader

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat Place to Work and to learn, the biggest telecommunications private employer in Venezuela

ConsThere is no chance to move with Telefonica to another countries where company is working, if your are working at Venezuela at operational team.

Advice to Senior ManagementEvery body should have a career plan, that would be known by employer an HR.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Opportunity

Planning Coordinator (Former Employee)
Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

ProsIr is a great Company worldwide thats has a good Enviroment. It is in the Top 3 of Great Place To Work in Venezuela for the past 5 years. Every day you learn a lot about the business. Has excellent benefits and nice people.

ConsAs it is a big company sometimes can be hard to manage changes as it grows. People has too get use to have changes, for their own good.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Constant change

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Telefónica

ProsExposure to different tech trends

ConsConstant transformation means things never settle down. Means the organisation never gets forward momentum,
As people expect yet another restructure round the corner

Advice to Senior ManagementStop making people having to re apply for their jobs every 6 months in the UK

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Constant change has exhausted good people's patience

User Experience Designer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

ProsInnovation areas get to try out ideas with new and exciting technology, the people are good, some are exceptional especially in wed dev, creative tech and innovation. If you can deliver the work, flexible work life balance is second to none.

ConsA dislocation from the reality of the market, and no real answer to the question of what happens to telcos in a digital future (Hint, you are a dumb pipe). Closing down of the Digital subsidiary not exactly an inspired move - chaos reigns. Any energy or enthusiasm has been wiped out, and pay levels that were below market rate might be acceptable when excitement is flowing - not so now. No real career progression available, and upper management is 99% male, white and predominately Spanish.

Advice to Senior ManagementTop level strategy is unclear, vacuous communication from leaders. Lower level strategy and day to day tactics either non-existent or poorly communicated - honestly, I couldn't tell which. This company has no real vision, chooses to hide behind jargon and management bs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work, great benefits, so so salary.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Miami, FL (US)

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

ProsGreat people. The company takes care of its own.

ConsLow wages and a lot of work with no processes.

Advice to Senior Managementdon't over work your people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment in a new innovative company, unfortunately too much Telefonica legacy.

Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

Prosenvironment
work-life balance
opportunity to grow
innovation
approachability of senior leadership

Consno ownership
slow moving
too much Tef legacy, decisions now again made in Spain

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, empower middle management, hire outside talent and focus less on politics, get the digital talent in who are unlikely to be the managers that have been with the company for >10 years
Be global instead of so Spain focused

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work if you are willing to challenge yourself

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time

ProsThey really want you to succeed but you have to be willing to work hard and push yourself. Fully supportive of taking risks. People do well if they produce results consistently. From a culture point of view they are totally people focused (as much as any company is)

ConsIts a big company now and change can take a long time.

Advice to Senior ManagementStick to the plan

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGrowing and partnership, is a multinational enterprise

ConsRotation and the booses are very impositive

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

Pros- Lot of hard working and inteligente people;
- Great culture and work/life balance;
- People care genuinely about his company;
- International experience, you work with a lot of different cultures that pushes the company and the team up;
- Great development culture and process (agile development)
- Strong sense of team;
- They are open to a lot of technologies and follow the main best practices;
- Is somewhat open about discussion the technology architecture;

Cons- A lot of structural changes that affects every one in the company and creates fear in people;
- Working with different timezones sometimes is very difficult and frustrating;
- Sometimes is hard to create empathy and trust across countries;
- Projects born and die suddenly;
- Management seen sometimes not know the business they are managing;

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many people owning the products, but no leaders to take real decisions;

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great conditions, poor career development.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Madrid (Spain)

I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat place in terms of working hours, salary, benefits and pressure. Company with a presence in 20 countries, so it is possible to relocate. Superb office and good work atmosphere.

ConsVery large company, few opportunities to make an impact on your own. Poor career development, as you are assigned a task and can be doing that for ages. Even though it has presence in many countries, it does not operate as a multinational, but pretty much as local companies bundled together.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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