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Telefónica Reviews

Updated 21 July, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance was the best from all places I've worked in (in 56 reviews)

  • It also encouraged flexible working in which employees could work from home or anywhere really without having to come to the office (in 49 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 17 reviews)

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  1. "Junior Marketing manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Marketing Manager in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Junior Marketing Manager in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is one of the bigger companies in the telecommunications field, with a lot of owned developments and many synergies among the countries where the company takes place

    Cons

    To bigger with many employees, quite difficult getting a promotion and many times people feel stuck without any opportunity of growing

    Advice to Management

    More interactions at every level


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Good company, but too much hierarchy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multinational company, which give the opportunity to know about different cultures

    Cons

    Too much hierarchy and office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Take care about people.


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  5. "Blue Chip"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Staff R&D Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I'm referring specifically to Telefonica Research (R&D section) other companies of the group may have different benefits.
    - Big company.
    - Nice telecommuting policy.
    - Flextime.
    - Interesting projects.
    - Provides a stability feeling even during economic contraction.
    - Reduced summer work hours (this depends on your specific project needs)
    - Medical insurance.

    Cons

    - Salaries in 2017 are only average in big cities in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona).
    - Middle management lacks strategic information and sometimes looks misaligned whith senior management.
    - Difficult to introduce changes.
    - Lots of bureaucracy in processes.
    - Interesting projects are constantly forgotten and closed before they even reach production (wasting time and money)
    - Difficult to promote, specially if you want to keep doing technical stuff (moving to management seems to be a faster approach).

    Advice to Management

    It would be a good idea to reduce the size of middle management layer and keep them correctly informed of the company priorities.


  6. "Global Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global scope and complex implementations related to a fast paced business.

    Cons

    Burocracy and excessive "politics" often hit the brakes of the org.


  7. "Good place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, lots of opportunity, good environment

    Cons

    Overall it was a pleasant experience so no negative moments


  8. "Channel Marketing Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Miami, FL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company. Big, with great values and good vision.

    Cons

    When it comes to practice its objectives to accomplish the company mission and vision it is slow and get stuck. Towards to internals rules not to customers.


  9. "Excellent multi-local environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telefónica full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to global, international experience.
    Great people and contribution to the countries it operates in.
    Great reach through multi-national channels.

    Cons

    Short-term driven goals driven by financial culture makes exploring mid and long term new businesses complex.
    Tensions between local and global organisations impede exploiting real scale.
    Constant fear of cannibalization of traditional business.


  10. "Decent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Advisor
    Former Employee - Retail Advisor
    Recommends

    I worked at Telefónica part-time

    Pros

    Decent Salary, pushes you to deliver to the job (good challenge), supportive team everyone should help you with your KPI. At the time O2 paid for full access to Lynda.com

    Cons

    If you don't meet KPI things getting scary (for me anyways) location is everything because it effects the customer coming into your store and therefore impacting your performance. Also because you're doing part-time it's expected that you will work on weekends (it's a con for me...maybe a plus for you)

    Advice to Management

    With KPIs, base it on the location


  11. "Senior HRBP"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    development opportunities, international exposure, global environment

    Cons

    difficult to have vertical growth, if that's something you're concerned about


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