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BT Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
364 Reviews
2.7
364 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not really good work life balance as Clients always keeps you on the toes (in 50 reviews)

  • Good hours flexible schedule - good work from home policy (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • work pressure on a higher side , might impact your work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Performance management structure mean everyone is out for themselves creating a poor team environment (in 28 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for some, close to nothing for others - A business in dire need of modernisation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good employee benefits: Free Internet, Free TV, Free Telephone
    - Good Graduate Salary: 31k+ with bonuses and stock options
    - Good Training Opportunities and Certifications: Cisco CCNA and many others
    - If you get into the right team and get the right type of work, it can be pretty rewarding.

    Cons

    - Non-technical staff in technical roles or making technical decisions with little understanding.

    - Poor Performance Management / Employee Grading (this decides salary and bonus).

    - Doesn't take software development seriously enough even though they are effectively a tech company.

    - Managers (and other senior staff) change roles frequently for promotions or new roles. After they move, they are effectively no longer held accountable for the previous decisions they made or anything they worked on, even if it costs the business money.

    - Poor project management (hint: The Mythical Man Month was written in 1975, why are these mistakes still being made?)

    - Hiring Graduates for numbers (as many staff are retiring every year) into roles which are not clear cut or well defined. I've seen some graduates with computer science or engineering degrees put into project manager roles.

    - Rife with focus on business processes instead of getting things done, politics, bureaucracy, over complication: I work a set number of hours on a set project, why do I need to fill in a time sheet?

    - Increasing challenge to remove employees means a lack of resource: entire teams replaced with subcontractors while some people still remain in useless roles, monitoring useless data with little to no value for the business.

    - Empire Building: empire-building is demonstrated when individuals or small groups attempt to gain control over key projects and initiatives to maximize job security and promotability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't hire graduates to hit targets, give them defined roles with defined training and a clear vision for the future.

    - Improve performance management, maybe consider doing it bi-annual.

    - Consider giving managers a period of 'lock-in' before they can change roles, or at least make sure they are held accountable for what they previously worked on for several months/year after they change role.

    - Many employees shouldn't have to do time sheets, yet can still be penalised for when they don't arrive on time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Technical support agent for BT client

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    i had a good experience working here, but the work here is completely process related so there is nothing much to learn.

    Cons

    the processes like major incident management were interesting though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i dont have anything to say here.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good company benefits, difficult internal process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BT full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good company benefits, large company with opportunities to move around the company with different roles if you have good network, good colleagues to work with

    Cons

    difficult internal process with messy record in the system

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fur lined rut

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PM2 in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PM2 in Ipswich, England (UK)

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working from home is possible.

    Ability to move around the business even abroad if you build internal networks.

    Easy to stay and count the money if you are strong enough to adopt a certain mindset about getting into work and getting home and the possible repercussions of only working 9-5.

    Cons

    Traditional long standing company that still does very well from the myth that all BT people are paid a small fortune. Some BT salaries and terms were super competitive until mid 90s. Release package payments are a fraction of what they used to be and it is becoming harder to get paid release.

    BT is reknowned for badly practised performance management. BT and union comms are often contradictory on how the process is applied and the company is still not meeting it's targets for reducing its global head count.

    Some of the people I still know at BT remain in small niche teams operating as 'mates' I.e. Vendor security and data analysis and they seem to be left alone but many are in larger platform teams (Adastral Park) often managed remotely from India or the US where the management are hard micro managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult but to choose one I would say apply a better defined and transparent performance management system and keep promises on pay and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company and People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good variety. Generally supports working from home.

    Cons

    Job security, frequency of layoffs due to lack of planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time focused on winning business opportunities and less on corporate restructuring strategies. You're losing some very capable people!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work Culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BT

    Pros

    You get good money here as compared to the other companies in the market.There are less folks currently associated with the company so it is best time to join the company.

    Cons

    Too much work with tough timelines.Work never ends here.There is no onsite opportunity in BT,all onsite opportunities are with the Vendors.Although being the client of vendors,it is vendors who are making more money at onsite.

  8.  

    Project manager for Latam

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BT

    Pros

    This is not a god company to work at,

    Cons

    there are not challeges there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    DONT BE FOOLED BY THINKING WORKING FOR THE BIG BT IS A GOOD THING

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Canterbury, England (UK)

    I worked at BT full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good team sprit with your team, very sociable place to work, nice customers in general.

    Cons

    Training provided by "one of the best sales people on site" only to find shortly after they was only top as they were manipulating the system (lying about their sales), If you dont read a script almost word for word from a piece of paper provided you are put on a "performance plan" which is sold to you as a good thing that will get you extra training - the training consists of three calls being listened to management obtaining written evidence of call then generally passing onto another manager for a weekly meeting, so you are basically going to work each week with possible dismissal if the company feel the need to do so! Also a nightmare to book holidays, unless of course you are dating someone in a senior position or are part of the "bt clan" Basically the job is great for someone that does not have a heart or is a yes sir no sir person or someone that is willing to allow bt to brainwash them that everything they do is the best - when it is clearly not the case!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management dont ask your staff questions about what they think, its not worth it as you always have a comeback answer and dont do anything about it. Upper management need to engage more with the everyday staff as im sure there is plenty that you dont know about what goes on what would shock you! Also how can a company as large as BT does not have a proper training team is beyond me! As for career oppertunities you are told there are plenty but never see them advertised!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stifled by bureaucracy, suffocation by archaic processes which do not work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Software Engineer in Ipswich, England (UK)

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's big, you can move around a lot internally and feel like you're in a new job.

    Cons

    It's big, almost impossible to change anything and no matter where you move - it's still BT.
    Processes stifle innovation in many areas (may not be true universally).
    No room for techies, techies get put aside in favor of outsourcing and management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to change the culture of the Technology, Services and Operations arm. It's spaghetti management with layer upon layer of blockers, unnecessary challengers and bureaucratic crones. Three months to acquire a low spec server simply because the process requires 4-5 people to say no a couple of times then eventually give over doesn't help the company what-so-ever, it costs more money than you're attempting to save.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at BT

    Pros

    Money isn't bad but that's about as far as it goes

    Cons

    See the above, discrimination, blinkered management, harrisment and bullying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your socks up, wake up and realise that people with disabilities are more than able to do the job

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