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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,334 Reviews
3.3
1,334 Reviews
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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you work 9 to 5 and expect nothing but to play the survival game (in 132 reviews)

  • good work culture, working on latest technology (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • decision of senior management not following a strategic insight but based on non grounded judgmental view (in 30 reviews)

  • Continual upper management turnover results in the resetting of goals and the loss of momentum (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good at first but now a days could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Great people to work with, teamwork

    Cons

    Long hours, no increases, no advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too slow to adapt to changing markets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Total Chaos

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

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than a 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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  5.  

    10 highest priority items - oxymoron if there ever was a better one

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LTE  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - LTE in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    work on fairly new technologies, R&D still going

    Cons

    layoffs everywhere, work piles up from those that left, and that work is all ... highest priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (to executive mgmnt) - get lost, there is more and more management levels sucking up the money that can be used for R&D

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great products/ideas but poor values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Have best carrier grade IP networking products and great ideas for future of communications. Finally someone is making Cisco wake up and be honest.

    Cons

    Slow to market with ideas and only focused on carrier business. Always cutting back and taking from employees (better salaries and benefits elsewhere). Very heavy on legal processes because of past dishonesty on a global scale. Almost no marketing. Nearly all US mfg and services have been moved outside of the US.
    Many good US jobs going to oversea's candidates due to at will status of US employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    29 years with Bell Labs/Lucent/ALU

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distinguished Member of Technical Staff  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours, good engineers to work with, good products overall, telecommuting available in many cases

    Cons

    too many hours and too much out-of-hours work, not many opportunities for growth, no raises and minor bonuses in the last several years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep up with the market, take care of your people as they are your biggest asset. Most employees feel the company does not treat them well and is more concerned with taking more away than providing for a good work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The real power is in Europe (France). Most of their customers are in the US. They want to show that they are US compan

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

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

    Pros

    Technically smart people. Flex work time.

    Cons

    The real power is in Europe (France). Most of their customers are in the US. They want to show that they are US company by having customer facing people here, but all the real work gets done in Europe and China.

    Info is not shared properly with people who need them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HR beast  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - HR beast in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    I got to travel for a few years? I had an office with a door? Cafeteria food was ok? 20 words yet?

    Cons

    Morale. I was one of the few to get a raise over the course of 5 or so years. $1500/year. Wow. Work force is old. Need young blood and fresh ideas. I was sent a layoff list every Thursday as I needed it for my role. Every Thursday. Never hears from my boss' boss until I gave notice. Just a sad situation overall. The grass really is greener...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely nothing. Keep ruining this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    professional service director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  East China, MI
    Current Employee - Director in East China, MI

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

    Pros

    nice and talent people and have a support of government

    Cons

    strategy has a problem and execution is another problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faster, but care for the talent more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Member of Technical Staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Murray Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Nice and relaxed work environment., a lot of smart colleagues. Friendly. Good benefit

    Cons

    What can you expect for a company keep loosing money?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! It's 21th century. Figure out a way to save this great company and DO IT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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