The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FN
Over 83,000 worldwide, operating out of over 70 countries including affiliates. Turnover of GBP £45.88 billion in 2011.
Strong employee friendly policies and firm commitment to corporate and social responsibility.
Healthy work/life balance promoted.
Lots of networking opportunities internationally, as well as potential to work overseas.
Rigid hierarchical structure which can hinder promotion prospects and diminish workplace productivity.
Candidates who are offered a place within a Vodafone graduate scheme undergo a diverse and challenging 12 month training programme. New employees work across three areas of the business while there is also the potential for overseas travel during this time, although you will typically be assigned to regional projects across the United Kingdom.
No matter what your desired career destination, your training will take in all aspects of the Vodafone operation, including customer facing roles, meaning you could find yourself based in a support centre or even a retail store at some stage!
Graduates applying for a placement at Vodafone undergo a rigorous selection process. There are not masses of places available each year, so it’s important to be firing on all cylinders from the very first online form you complete.
Know the role. You will need a strong knowledge and focus based around the role you have applied to, while also showing an open approach and willingness to embrace all aspects of the year-long training programme.
Show yourself in the best possible light. Vodafone will spend more time talking about you and your capabilities than they will exploring your technical knowledge. Prepare strong answers to competency based questions and ensure you can give examples, particularly around conflict resolution and problem solving.
Vodafone are the world’s largest telecommunications business in terms of revenue, and second only to China Mobile in terms of subscribers. Vodafone pride themselves on delivering simple and flexible communications solutions both to individual and commercial customers the world over.
Vodafone take sustainable living very seriously, and are a leading supporter of the “Future Agenda” group. Working within this group, Vodafone aim to identify and act upon the biggest challenges facing the global community over the next decade, providing strategic and innovative solutions to the big issues of tomorrow.
Vodafone’s UK headquarters is based in Newbury, Berkshire, with further offices and retail stores based around the country.
Vodafone have international offices based in over 70 countries across the world, as well as owning 45% of Verizon Heritage, the United States’ leading telecommunications business.
Career progression can be lucrative at Vodafone; however can be limited due to the hierarchical nature of the business and the penchant for office politics.
Example salaries at Vodafone include;
- Business Planning Analyst £43,000 - £47,000
- Applications Support Manager £48,000 - £52,000
- User Experience Manager £50,000 - £59,000
- Programme Manager £58,000 - £72,000