Decent work environment but it can get political at times
Anonymous (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – June 20, 2018
GSMA is a good place for young / fresh-out-of-college workers who are dilligent on working hard and having fun, especially if one is located at our headquarters in London, UK as there are plenty of folks in that part of their careers. It allows for access to senior-level management who for the most part speak openly about the business, again, if you're located in HQ.
If you're located in the satellite offices outside of London, good luck with these amenities as there will be a glass ceiling on your career as promotions will be given to those that are "seen and heard" rather than quality of work and effort of those that are outside of London. The highest level of leadership at the satellite offices are effectively VP-level for a corporation (CEO being in UK, C-levels being UK for most part). For people that are outside of London if you want to increase your profile and step up to a potential leadership position, I don't recommend GSMA as a career tract.
We run as a non-profit for promotion of wireless telecom industry but we also operate as a corporation where it's driven by how much we can exceed financial business plans / objectives (so that executive compensation can greatly increase, of course). So I can't really say we truly operate as a non-profit.
Nice offices / international travel / smart colleagues
UK/Western Europe centric, workers from subsidiaries not getting their due / promotions