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GSMA Reviews

Updated Oct 29, 2019

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3.2
39%
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63%
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GSMA CEO Mats Granryd  (no image)
Mats Granryd
36 Ratings
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  1. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, values, decent benefits including a competitive annual leave policy, lots of projects, great diversity. The work is challenging. Low turnover because people are generally happy. Flexible working applies to all.

    Cons

    Some people are busier than others. People need to be empowered to share their thoughts and ideas with the leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    The GSMA is becoming hierarchical, this needs to change so people are not afraid to speak to senior leaders.

    GSMA2019-04-22
  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at GSMA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful office, international travel,great to develop imdustry contacts and knowledge

    Cons

    Can be political in some circumstances

    GSMA2019-10-25
  3. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Nobody seems to want to take proper decision. You can get stuck on low impact projects. No collaboration between departments

    Advice to Management

    Take the bull by the horns

    GSMA2019-10-29
  4. "Terrific opportunities if you are part of the "system""

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, online learning opportunities, business class travel, excellent DG

    Cons

    departments work in silos, budgets aren't transparent, politics can be crippling

    GSMA2019-10-09
  5. "Good environment to work, needs to do more to grow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good working environment, good exposure to the industry.

    Cons

    Not very meritocratic, not very innovative.

    GSMA2019-07-14
  6. "Global agency with flexible working practices"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead 

    I have been working at GSMA full-time

    Pros

    Great contacts in the industry and beyond, well respected brand

    Cons

    Frustrating lack of impact and leverage

    GSMA2019-07-11
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Too much internal politics and games"

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible way of working. Great opportunity for networking Possibility to learn new things

    Cons

    Full of people that do not care about the primary goal of the association, they only care about their own interests. Everybody is playing games and they are ready to stab you at any occasion. Management is too political, without vision and the guts to expose the wrong doing. The most aborring part is the whole HR, IT and finance. I never experience in my whole professional life such level of incompetence, right... now they are sinking the company. They make rules, mostly wrong, but they do not apply for everybody. The amount of mistakes in the payments are very high, given that things rarely change every month.

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    Advice to Management

    You have selected the value for the company, so you should be the first one to provide the example. We are lacking evidence of respect, do the right thing, own it, be bold. Also, there is an absolute lack of transparency, which for me it is the first sign of desrespect.

    GSMA2019-07-13
  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GSMA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Calm and relaxing environment. Majority of people are friendly and the facilities team do a lot to keep everyone happy!

    Cons

    The managers do not want to teach people working below them.

    GSMA2019-06-10
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Pretentious workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free fruit and nice office space

    Cons

    No advancement, limited opportunities for ethnic minority groups, high levels of favouritism, extremely high staff turnover and the company sells you dreams. HR and management are completely useless especially when it comes to setting career goals regardless of whether you tell them a billon times what your plans are - support is given to others who fit their preferences. Wouldn’t recommend if looking for a... satisfactory and enjoyable place to work.

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    Advice to Management

    Put the right people in management and progress people who deserve opportunities rather than hand out promotions to unworthy people.

    GSMA2019-06-07
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Culture of fear"

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Networking opportunities outside the company at GSMA events, wide range of issues that you can work on, opportunities for business travel

    Cons

    A culture of fear in workplace interactions that comes from the top and filters down the organisation stifles initiative, communication and cooperation

    Advice to Management

    Get a new director general to lead the organisation

    GSMA2019-05-25
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