Alcatel-Lucent

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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
1,465 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • There is a great sense of work-life balance within Alcatel-Lucent (in 142 reviews)

  • Company has a good Work Culture, lot of talented resources, good products (in 57 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 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    IT Director

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    Former Employee - IT Project Development Coordinator in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - IT Project Development Coordinator in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Good employees who want to help the company be successful. ALU produces a good product and has the potential to regain their position as an industry leader

    Cons

    Executive leadership is arrogant and has a distinct lack of backbone. Decisions are made and then abandoned due to political bickering at senior levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit worrying about your personal prestige and focus on what will make the company successful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Nothing really bad to say, but nothing good either, too big, employers get lost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    employers are given the impression to have some freedom on hire but they don't really have any

    Cons

    employers get lost and it's hard to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MTS2
    Former Employee - MTS2

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

    Pros

    it used to be a great company that care for people. But not anymore

    Cons

    top heavy, process heavy, underutilized resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all the VP's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Constant State of Reorg; Majority of Finance moving to Accenture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Work-life balance is okay. Fairly flexible.

    Cons

    Little to no salary increases & very infrequent bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Leadership is unstable and misguided

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Compensation is excellent, benefits good

    Cons

    Reorg after reorg.......priorities constantly changing and most employees are disatisfied

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your leadership culture and stick to it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Toilet Swirl

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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    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
  9.  

    Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

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    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
  10.  

    Great place for freshers and good benefits

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    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
  11.  

    Sinking Ship

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    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

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