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The worst career experience I have ever had

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA (US)

I worked at BT

Pros

Excellent benefits and compensation. Generally competent peers within my department. Exposure to global experience in my field of interest. Closeness to home and airport for business travel.

Cons

Leadership at various levels (it gets worse as leadership level elevates) lead from a place of fear, lack of information, self-preservation and situationally determined professional morals and ethics. Communication and collaboration between related groups and within groups are fractured at best. It appears that for eh lest couple of years the decision has been made to transform at least in the US to become a mini-EDS as many key positions have been and continue to be filled by its former employees. ironically, while BT espouses specific work values of integrity, collaboration and customer-focus, the culture of EDS and those BT has hired from EDS generally behave in the opposite or close to opposite manner. It's hypocritical and has contributed to the creation of a toxic work environment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Realize most of you who are in leadership positions are not respected and supported by the majority of employees in your teams. Self-reflect on why , take accountability and focus on transforming yourself because transformation is warranted.

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    Great work/life balance. Terrible senior management and internal processes

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ipswich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ipswich, England (UK)

    I have been working at BT

    Pros

    Very friendly and flexible place to work. Home working, flexitime, 27.5 days leave, 5 optional extra days leave.

    Within small teams the environment is generally very good. My line managers have all been really good and there are a lot of really talented engineers in the company which you can work alongside.

    A good place for a graduate to start for a couple of years but if you are any good you will find a better job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Performance management is soul destroying, it is designed to make everyone average. It generally bears no relevance to the work you are doing and really destroys your motivation. Bonus and pay are lousy even if you perform well.

    Senior management generally have no technical knowledge and really are out of their depth. There is a constant churn of strategy ideas and after a year or so you just give up keeping track or caring. It's a two part company, a whole load of senior managers running round not knowing what they are doing, and then a whole load of engineers trying to get work done despite the senior managers.

    Internal processes to get anything done are overly complicated and really just stop you from even trying. The most simple of tasks involve long streams of totally pointless paper work and duplication of data. This comes from having too many people who are just trying to keep themselves busy but really should not be there at all.

    A lot of the contracts setup by BT with external suppliers provide substandard services and no clauses to protect BT. BT continually ruins it's own future by failing to check details with its supplier contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop protecting your own asses and remove at least 3 layers of management from the company.

    Stop the terrible performance management process, it is killing motivation.

     Start recognising that the value being generated for the company is done at the lower levels where the knowledge is.

    BT used to be a world leader of technology and invented a lot of amazing things. That has all been killed off by a leadership determined to outsource everything and buy in huge systems from external companies. This strategy is not working.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Executive Incompetence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BT

    Pros

    Good projects, lots of good people, lots of money for projects, management does give time off for family situations, very good benefits.

    Cons

    The executives don't know how to manage: pension deficitions, excessive spending on projects that get cancelled, continual changes in direction, absence of any meaningful and honest communication about changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with your employees. Talk with us about upcoming changes. Stop wasting money on so many projects that will never see the light of day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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