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Worst place to work

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Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Madrid, NM (US)
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Madrid, NM (US)

I have been working at Telefónica

Pros

Multinational - Estability - Telecom Sector

Cons

no Leadership - no management.

Only revenues are considered

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please, manage your teams

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A culture of bullying is its Achilles heel

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    Former Employee - Departmental Manager  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Departmental Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Telefónica

    Pros

    The people who work here on the ground are fun and eager to work hard. Depending on what department you're working in, you can be treated with a certain level of respect. Pay is slightly above average for the industry. Some great managers here, but they're a dying breed.

    Cons

    Bulling is rife. There is a culture of bullying in O2, mostly supported and encouraged by senior management. "Managing People Out" is a well mentioned, but unwritten, tactic of management where they will make your life total hell until you resign... so bullying is effectively a management tool for forced attrition. Bullying that is reported is generally brushed under the carpet, and many people have left because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the culture of bullying out of O2 and you might actually get that 'Best Company to Work For' award.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, lots of opportunities to shine

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    Former Employee - Operational Architect  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    If you wants to work for a company that is constantly delivering amazing solutions to stay on top of its game, Telefonica O2 can be the place for you. The opportunities are amazing for the sort of people who have loads of energy and are passionate about what they do. O2 has a great reward and recognition system and one of the best benefits packages around. I worked there for 12 years and enjoyed nearly every moment of it. Work life balance is amazing and the Bath Rd canteen is excellent.

    Cons

    Outsourcing - much of the functions of the business have been outsourced to offsite companies - this has reduced considerably the family atmosphere of working at O2 and reduced trust amongst teams.
    Its a large organisation, and you will find people you dont get on with - just hope its not your management.
    Some processes are achingly slow and beuracratic - a throw back to when O2 was part of the civil service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - you've got a great culture - when you celebrate wow is it amazing - do more of that
    - implement 360 degree reviews - let the people review the manager to weed out the controlling managers who say one thing to senior management and treat their people like nothing.
    - dont outsource your key intellectual property - keep it in-house to keep passionate people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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