Telefónica Reviews

Updated 27 September, 2014
Updated 27 September, 2014
183 Reviews
3.4
183 Reviews
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Telefónica President Cesar Alierta
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39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • Decision making can be slow given the many layers of bureaucracy (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Slow to impliment but fast to think

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Has good and positive ideas, is great to its staff and pushes for the best. Really nice to have the O2 rewards structure and be so forward thinking.

    Cons

    In danger of being left behind by others with web and devices, seems to focus on the idea and be willing to push out unfinished products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont just say you want your users to be happy, get the product to a stage where they will be happy!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging, demanding and rewarding company with an exciting vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telefónica for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for personal development, great flexible working environment, some of the most talented and driven people in the industry. Challenging environment that does not carry passengers means you will never have a boring day and there is a real "in it together" attitude in delivering the plan. Good flexible benefits.

    Cons

    Can't get away from the fact that pay and bonuses have fallen way behind traditional and new digital competitors.
    Very political organisation, senior leadership not very inclusive in decision making or planning and business seems to have lost its way recently in failing to align targets and objectives with values and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More empowerment required across the business, there is significant investment in developing our people to be the best, let them make more decisions and deliver for our customers without restricting them with red tape and legacy processes.

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    Company constantly striving to thrive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Great workmates, challenging environment, state of the art technologies and projects. Good work-life balance. Great vision from the top of the company.

    Cons

    Middle management is awful. Only top of the company leaders make decisions, but middle management don't, and when they do, no responsibility is taken. Too many reorganizations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bussiness development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    stability, best place to work, good enviorenment

    Cons

    too big, slow professional career, too political

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work if want an aggressive enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Sítio Elias P. de Moura (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Sítio Elias P. de Moura (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    A leanding brand in the Telecom Industry

    Cons

    It's an aggressive enviroment with a lot public sector way of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing: work-life balance, promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    lots of collaboration and teamwork

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    GOOD HOURS and innovative digital business

    Cons

    limited opportunities to learn, things slowed by processes and seeking opinions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open to taking risks and be more data focused. align internal practices to a lean digital decision making process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A bureaucracy company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Good environment, young team with very nice people, lots of social benefits as well as personal development programs

    Cons

    No technological freedom, the company does not go strong for their own projects, there is no real possibility of growth in the company, huge bureaucracy...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Restructure after restructure

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leading network (vs competitors), good packages, people focussed, great benefits, flexible working culture (e.g. work from home, hot desks), interesting mobile innovations, in-house training (including Telefonica University courses in Barcelona)

    Cons

    constant restructures (every 6-12 months), confusing strategy, disjointed local brands (i.e. collection of local networks O2, Movistar, Vivo, and not 1 single global company), growing culture of uncertainty, lots of middle managers but the senior management feel very distant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Marketing Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Munich (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere with good work-life balance.
    Beautiful view from the second highest building in Munich. :)

    Cons

    Open space concept not fully developed, hindering many processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, lots of opportunities to shine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operational Architect  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you wants to work for a company that is constantly delivering amazing solutions to stay on top of its game, Telefonica O2 can be the place for you. The opportunities are amazing for the sort of people who have loads of energy and are passionate about what they do. O2 has a great reward and recognition system and one of the best benefits packages around. I worked there for 12 years and enjoyed nearly every moment of it. Work life balance is amazing and the Bath Rd canteen is excellent.

    Cons

    Outsourcing - much of the functions of the business have been outsourced to offsite companies - this has reduced considerably the family atmosphere of working at O2 and reduced trust amongst teams.
    Its a large organisation, and you will find people you dont get on with - just hope its not your management.
    Some processes are achingly slow and beuracratic - a throw back to when O2 was part of the civil service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - you've got a great culture - when you celebrate wow is it amazing - do more of that
    - implement 360 degree reviews - let the people review the manager to weed out the controlling managers who say one thing to senior management and treat their people like nothing.
    - dont outsource your key intellectual property - keep it in-house to keep passionate people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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