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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
1,396 Reviews
3.3
1,396 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a great sense of work-life balance within Alcatel-Lucent (in 137 reviews)

  • Company has a good Work Culture, lot of talented resources, good products (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has struggled to pull it together in the last seven years (in 31 reviews)

  • gt;> Little to no salary increase or bonus for the past 8 years (in 31 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Toilet Swirl

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities within the company, as with any big company.

    Cons

    They have been laying off for 13 years now, and there's no sign of a turnaround. The people were good at one time -- in their hay day, but layoffs have culled much of the talent. Layoffs were supposed to cull the dead wood, but the talented people began leaving on their own when they saw the writing on the wall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those below you. You hire them to provide information to you. Don't then make decisions which are contrary to what your underlings are suggesting.

    Stop outsourcing. You have forgotten the motto "you get what you pay for".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Holmdel, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Holmdel, NJ

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    reasonable amount of freedom on work plan,
    most supervision is not overwhelming.
    flexible work schedule

    Cons

    no raises for years,
    upper management just keeps say the same things,
    no real plan to turn the company around
    difficult industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The last few years the company has lost their way in the technology arena and no longer leads wireless equipment vendors

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Murray Hill, NJ

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working in leading the new technology introductions with very bright co-workers and convincing story lines. Helping create the next generation technology selling points for customer presentations. Getting direct feedback and updating to correct potential flaws.

    Cons

    The company is shrinking and limited promotion opportunities. Continuous changing of directions and product introductions. Management changes bring in new priorities and focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firm up management and focus on getting the company back on track to lead the wireless equipment markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place for freshers and good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Growth is limited for a senior professional

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, very good health benefits.

    Cons

    No 401K match, shrinking portfolio, most people do not even know what they can sell and support.
    Constant layoffs, and poor morale make the work life less than fun. If you are let go during a FMP, do not even think you will ever get hired back as you are now black listed. Once a great company is now the Titanic, It's only a matter of time before this company is a complete shell of it's self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the North American layoffs, and start to take on the unions in Europe.
    Define the over all company strategy, just saying you have a "Shift Plan" is another way to say you will sell off bits of the company and continue the layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Technical Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Work with different internal organizations, customer facing.

    Cons

    Many long hours, no raises, no advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunites for advancement, provided rasies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Long term manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are excellent. Some of the brightest and hardest working people you can find. I think the new CEO (Michel Combes) is providing good leadership to the company and we are seeing some indications of a turnaround.

    Cons

    The company continues to struggle with recovering from the devastation of the "dot.com" bubble burst in 2000 and its impact on the telecommunication industry. Little or no salary increases in the last 14 years plus continuous downsizing/outsourcing of the US employees have made this a very stressful place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of our customers are US based. We need to find a way to bring in new college hires in the US (not just China and India) to replace the aging US workforce while there are still experienced people here to train and mentor the new hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential - very weak management underneath the CEO direct report level.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Crawford, NY
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Crawford, NY

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rich legacy, with high potential. A few bright spots in the company picture are IP products and existing relationships with large North American wireless customers.

    Cons

    Stuck in the AT&T monopoly mindset/culture. Operates on a seniority-based vs. merit-based system for advancement. Not enough of a critical mass of motivated people to turn the company around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out poor performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too slow to adapt to changing markets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large multinational that provides exposure to colleagues all around the world. Good opportunity to learn about global cultural differences.

    Cons

    Company is too slow in reacting to changing markets. If you do not work in Europe, you are essentially a second-class employee. Be prepared for additional workload to be dumped on you when everyone in France goes on summer vacation (basically 4 weeks in July/August).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management takes forever to make a decision and often it is too late. Competitors are running circles around the company's product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Total Chaos

    Former Employee - Director of Marketing
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing much to talk about in pros besides meeting some quality people.

    Cons

    Total chaos. I was part of the Application Software Group and the whole org didn't make sense to begin with. Thank Goodness ALU realized and dismantled the joke in a couple of years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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