Telefónica Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
182 Reviews
3.4
182 Reviews
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Telefónica President Cesar Alierta
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 13 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer, Sr

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too many people owning the products, but no leaders to take real decisions;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people. The company takes care of its own.

    Cons

    Low wages and a lot of work with no processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't over work your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no ownership
    slow moving
    too much Tef legacy, decisions now again made in Spain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work if you are willing to challenge yourself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time

    Pros

    They 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)

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the plan

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Growing and partnership, is a multinational enterprise

    Cons

    Rotation and the booses are very impositive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great conditions, poor career development.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Very 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company and wonderful colleagues - Telefonica O2 Czech Republic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    I was lucky to work with amazing colleagues who were always willing to share their knowledge and know-how with me. I didn´t work that hard and my salary was more than competitive.Company bonuses are exceptional.

    Cons

    it was quite difficult to get promotion or get an important point across. My boss ignored my opinion and rather listened to senior workers even though their ideas weren´t always that clever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give young and motivated workers more space for develompent .

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telefónica

    Pros

    People focused
    Great culture
    Lots of training
    Fast moving

    Cons

    Tough industry but makes for a more challenging role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest Organization, Dishonest Management

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    You don't have to think very much to work here. Although you will have to do a lot of PPTs. A LOT OF THEM.

    Cons

    Entire company motivated by politics. Flavor-of-the-month HR and workplace initiatives that are always a decade behind. No real focus on productivity. Management is primarily managing their careers, not their people. Company is dishonest with hiring and salary practices. I was promised one thing for bonuses and given something entirely different and far worse. Pay raises are meager and out of step with the going rate in California (why I left). When I left, the company tried to cheat me out of my accrued vacation as salary and break California law in the process. (Yes, they seem to have given no thought nor do they care about state labor laws). For context, this is the first time in my life I have left a company on bad terms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people first, products second, results third and money last. Stop playing politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrible team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance. The office is nice and it is a cool industry.

    Cons

    The team I worked with was full of backstabbing pretentious people who knew nothing about how to make a new business work. They tried to create office politics to cover the fact that they lacked the talent to be able to do their job properly. The project we were working on was exciting, it is a pity the team were always so negative and clueless.

    Manager just clocked in and out and had no idea how to build team morale. Her solution was for people to work from home on different days so we could avoid seeing each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should hire team managers who can solve problems instead of shying away from addressing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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