BT
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www.btplc.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

BT Reviews

Updated Apr 07, 2014
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64% Approve of the CEO

BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston

(107 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good but all depends on how lucky you sre with the team you end up in & too political

Graduate Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Ipswich, England

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

ProsGood people
Good opportunity to train thanks to online courses.

Cons# political,
# moving the goal post
# find any excuse not to give you what you deserve
# Poor moral
# Performance management structure mean everyone is out for themselves creating a poor team environment
# Way too many arrogant people with big egos lucky humility.
# Same corporate spill dressed up in a new name every year.
# Massive disconnect between managers and low level workers
# Luck of the drew depending on team. Same level of work yields totally different rating in different teams.

Advice to Senior ManagementList to people and change the way performance management works, every three months is overkill and hinders moral.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fair

Head of Strategy (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsHonest genuine management focused on growing the company and creating a healthy organisation. Very good long term investments in place

ConsVery hard to get promoted and an obsession on 'deliverables'. You end up working very long hours to get a fair chance at a promotion

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training and motivation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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career progression

Strategy Specialist (Current Employee)
London, England

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

Proswork - life balance; nice people

Conslow salary and strict policy on reward and promotions

Advice to Senior Managementinvest more into growing people internally and retain talents

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent training but too large to fuction. Change for changes sake

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsAs with all large companies there are good people and bad people. In my experience most of the people left are hardworking. I've had some very expensive training paid for over the years

ConsOne year homeworking is "in" the next its "out" with little evidence its been thought through. I think it keeps people in jobs to impliment policy

Advice to Senior Managementappreciate the staff more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Safe company to work with committee based approach

Chief Designer (Current Employee)
Ipswich, England

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

ProsGood projects if you are lucky
Work life balance
Fair salary
Job security

ConsStressful if working for the technology arm
Not dynamic
Low job satisfaction. Very little opportunity to make a difference even at senior levels

Advice to Senior ManagementRework organisation structures to reduce layers and duplication

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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How it is now

Senior Planning Manager (Current Employee)
Birmingham, England

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

ProsJob security, it's harder to get fired than hired. Ability to move about the business as it's so large.

ConsPerformance management, the HR team and senior team just can't get this right, the company (TSO) led by Clive Selly, struggles to make decisions, and doesn't stick to its plans. The 3rd tier management are square pegs in round holes, techie managers in leadership positions and vice versa. This has come about due to perpetual reorganisations, most not needed and when three are synergies they're ignored.

My biggest issue is the "EGO" culture in the middle and senior management team, they are not working as a team for BT group, they're just making themselves look less bad than their peers, which gives a false sense of success. You guys know who you are and you should be ashamed.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork as a team, make a decision and stick to it, enable proper development through the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lead design consultant

Lead Design Consultant (Current Employee)

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

ProsFlexible working - potential for good work life balance, Skills development. Forefront of technology and service providing's. Exciting growth opportunities happening in the market.

ConsCareer prospects, difficult to progress internally, salaries can be much lower than average for certain role types, don't always recognise advanced skills/qualifications. potential for bad work life balance with little reward/recognition. Poor bonus/salary increments - one hand we are being told the company is doing so well, the other hand told the company isn't and payrises / bonuses will be low as a consequence.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Curate's Egg

General Manager (Former Employee)
Ipswich, England

I worked at BT full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLarge Company = lots of opportunities. TV triple play may yet save the company.

ConsLarge company = lots of bureaucracy. No credible mobile story will bite BT on the bum at some point.

Advice to Senior ManagementLions led by donkeys.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bureucratic and slow moving....

Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsMoney is good and the brand name is pretty known

ConsBoring and bureaucratic but then so is every large company

Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Large meaning lots of opportunity but lots of bureaucracy too.

Senior Researcher (Current Employee)
Ipswich, England

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

ProsCompany's senior leaders are continually driving for progress. It has global offices so there are lots of travel opportunity. Most people are very friendly and fun to work with.

ConsSome people have forgotten how to communicate authentically and efficiently, especially middle managers. You need to navigate well to avoid these people to have a positive experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are middle management, please refresh your thinking and approach to leading teams. If you are senior management, keep up the progress, in-sourcing, and challenging your middle managers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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