BT Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
357 Reviews
2.7
357 Reviews
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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  

    Good points and bad points: Solutions Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Designer in London, England
    Current Employee - Solutions Designer in London, England

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The major pro is job security as BT have never made people forcefully redundant. They pay is OK and I have done some interesting work in my time. Employes get free perks such as free broadband, BT vision, cheap calls from their company mobiles and I am one of the lucky ones that is registered as a flexible worker.

    I know individuals that are still working in BT for the past 44 years.

    ALP: Accredited Learning Pathways: These let individuals pick a professional training pathway and do include professional courses. They cover anything from visualization to project management.

    Share save scheme: This is great as it allows individuals to save money before take and buy shares at the price they were 3 to 5 years ago. Some many BT employees invested in this when it was 60p and now the shares are worth around £3.60, so the people that invested £250 for fives can basically pay off there mortgage now. Even if the shares didn't go up in value they still could have take the money back, with interest, and wouldn't had to pay any tax on it..

    I have always been paid on-time and engineers are paid well

    Cons

    * Home and Flexible working: - Over the past two years BT has changed people from home workers to office based workers as they say it improves communication from the staff. I do work from home some days, but I'm still based from an office.
    * T&S: - BT's policy on travel is now pretty much non-existent. Cheapest hotel, cheapest way of getting there, small allowance that doesn't even cover the cost of the night time meal. When I travel I'm basically paying for part of it, however I do have a few beers when I do.
    * Free broadband but no free line rental: You just feel that although you get free broadband there making money out of you as you have to buy the telephone line from them.
    * Work conditions: Where I work there are 6 desks, but there can be up to 12 people wanting one. H&S goes out the window with boxes and equipment left on the floor in this un-airconditioned office that sometimes reaches 31 degrees.
    * BT Vans: You either get one without air conditioning or a restricted vehicle. BT still buys vehicles today without air conditioning, which means those hard working engineers have to boil.
    * Career Progression: - This can be good if you know Juniper or Cisco as BT is a telecommunication company, but even though my skills are sort after outside, progression for me has been very difficult.
    * APR's and 1-2-1: The very worst thing about working for BT is the APR, DPR, & 1-2-1 process. You basically have to write war a piece to get an Achieving Standards grade to get your bonus. It is the most long winded, pointless thing I. Even if I have saved or made BT loads of money or done something special for your customer you are very hard pushed to be recognised and most times you get a graded depending on internal politics or internal budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the following:
    Allow people to become home based workers again
    Simplify or remove the APR/DPR process. It's a waste of time!!!!
    Don't keep pushing to reduce T&S to a point that now body will travel.
    Put air con in the vans for the hard working engineers
    Give your workers free line rental or at least discounted line rental.

    Keep up the good work with the following:
    ALP's
    Sharesave

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    At a cross roads

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Telecoms Engineer in Bournemouth, England
    Current Employee - Telecoms Engineer in Bournemouth, England

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

    Pros

    Incumbent, shares, job security, salary, people, ethics, community

    Cons

    Home worker policy, jobs worths, not dynamic, slow to change and not customer responsive. Always cutting back. Staff shortages and micro management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower and dare to trust your employees to do the right thing and this will be paid back if you have the right ppl in place. Otherwise you get micro managed jobs worths

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Clunky processes and systems, ok work life balance and pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at BT full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Generous annual leave and other benefits
    - Some flexible working though this will significantly decrease in the near future.
    - Pay is ok

    Cons

    - Dreadful blame attitude
    - Over-excitement at the launch of new initiatives, but lack of execution
    - Clunky and outdated internal systems and processes
    - Lack of development and career progression
    - Too many cling-ons who have been with the company for 25+ years and are useless but somehow impossible to get rid of
    - UK centric attitude despite harping on about being global
    - Dire performance management
    - Some low-level bullying and weak management

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  5.  

    Great place but little progression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Manchester, England

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to be. The people are awesome and generally the opportunities to move are good. It's a very secure place to work

    Cons

    Pay is nowhere near the market value. There's is no way to progress up in the company without significantly moving jobs, as most people don't leave ever they stay in the old way of in the job for 40 years. I felt I had to leave to get up in my career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a good mix of Recruiting lower level managers externally and internally as the mix when right can be phenomenal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good employer but very limited opportunities for personal development and career progression.

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

    I worked at BT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My experience was that there was a flexible working environment with a very good work life balance. The compensation and benefits package was near industry average.

    Cons

    I found that senior management, in most cases, paid lip service to personal development and there were very limited opportunities for personal growth and progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really need to review individual opportunities for growth and development to retain top performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good company benefits, difficult internal process

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

    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
  8. 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
    Former Employee - PM2 in Ipswich, England

    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
  9.  

    Not bad - everyone works hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is better than practice. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    A lot of firefighting as the systems are not up to scratch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Managing for Performance has taken over. Customer focus is diminishing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Professional in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Professional in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Large organisation which will never be ignored by customers due to its credibility in uk telecoms. On paper the opportunity is there to earn bonus. There is access to a wide portfolio of IT products. There data networks in my opinion are second to none and are rated highly by gartner.

    Cons

    Job roles are narrowly defined and many employee talents are not used. Support and knowledge of new product areas is scarce. service is suffering due to staff reductions and industry restructuring. Customers are becoming less important to the organisation. Bonuses are rarely paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus back on customer needs. Use the talents of your employees to their full potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging in the consumer business unit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head of Marketing in London, England
    Former Employee - Head of Marketing in London, England

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

    Pros

    Demanding, meritocratic, challenging competitive market

    Cons

    Lack of diversity - very British especially at Senior levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase diversity in employee body

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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