Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes
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Pros
  • Good Work life balance at company (in 142 reviews)

  • good work culture, working on latest technology (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a great middle & Senior Management team (in 31 reviews)

  • There hasn't been a salary increase since 2010 (in 30 reviews)

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  1. An old and slow company

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murray Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murray Hill, NJ

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Remain survived telecom vendor in NAR. Good benefit for employees, Good position for living.

    Cons

    Too old and too slow to compete with Ericsson and Huawei. Currently acquired by Nokia, may not good for employees to survive next year.

    Advice to Management

    Need refresh the management team, more open and more aggressive in the market.


  2. Acquisition, Merger, Spin off, Resize, Repeat

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murray Hill, NJ

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great group of people. Smart. Hard working. Interesting work. Flexibility. Good work-life balance. Global team. Opportunities to learn new technologies and software processes, and apply them to your current work. Company does respect people and has a genuine concern, however this is a business not a family.

    Cons

    Constant revolving door of leadership team due to mergers, acquisition, and spin-off of business units creates a very unstable environment -- even if that is only a perceived instability. Many team members were constantly worrying about "Will I be next" instead of being able to focus on doing their best. Certainly the leadership team is doing what is best for the business -- this is a business after all; but at what cost. A review of the stock price history for the company should reveal the answer. Once best in class; now middle of the road.

    Advice to Management

    Slow "right sizing" every few months is a strain on morale. Earlier incarnations of the leadership team learned this during the early 2000s. Lessons learned are lost and the same "mistakes" are repeated. Workforce is aging. Very difficult to attract new talent. "New blood" isn't excited about the company.


  3. Good People

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent workforce
    Friendly atmosphere
    laid back
    Learning opportunities galore

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    Aging population
    Lay offs


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  5. DMTS

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    Good working benefits, good co-workers

    Cons

    No salary increases for years. Bonus targets not reached for years.

    Advice to Management

    If you're not adding pay, at least do some morale-lifting and team-building activities such as group lunches, celebrations, etc.


  6. Great Company Still Going Through Tough Times

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. Interesting and varied work so as to develop good experience.
    2. Work with wonderful intelligent people who are experienced their field.
    3. Good healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    1. Corporation has been going through difficult financial times for some time, therefore limiting monetary benefits/increases provided to employees.
    2. Corporation is in midst of workforce reduction.
    3. Acquisition by Nokia, once approved by 1H2016, introduces another element of uncertainty to already anxious workforce.

    Advice to Management

    1. Make the tough decisions quickly and decisively so as to bring stability to workforce.
    2. Better balance job impacts worldwide.
    3. Actively attempt to improve moral.


  7. Good Company - Uncertain Future

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Naperville, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility in work schedule/location/work balance. I've been treated well thru the many years with AT&T/Lucent Technologies/ALU.
    Vast number of projects throughout the company so you can find things that interest you.

    Cons

    ALU has been through a lot through the years (split with AT&T, merger with Alcatel) and now the pending acquisition by Nokia.
    Tough years have resulted in not a lot of salary increases or promotions (that is changing this year with limited salary increases).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees as the company is acquired by Nokia.


  8. SW Development

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Manageable work life balance
    - Good working environment (people)
    - Empowerment and trust by management team

    Cons

    - (top) Upper management lacks long-term visions
    - (small) bonus if any, and little salary raise (if any) for the last 10 years
    - Do not use leading edge technologies
    - Lack of technical training
    - Too many processes to follow, impeding productivity

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in research and development and forward-looking technologies, motivate talented and loyal employee with good compensation, attract good young engineers by providing competing salary and excellent training.


  9. Review1

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lead RF Engineer in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Lead RF Engineer in South Jordan, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very innovative environment, with a broad view of the industry. State-of-the-art technology in many areas, like wireless, Fiber, IP Routing, among others.

    Cons

    High workload due to down-size after merger. Salary is below market average.


  10. Senior Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Professional, intelligent, hardworking, compassionate and resilient people.

    Cons

    Office politics - due to people jockeying for jobs. Feels like musical chairs. Long hours - hundreds email daily is hard to keep up with- Virtual office sometimes feels like working "virtually all the time".. it can be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the brain drain happening due to continual layoffs and people finding better jobs at growing companies. Please focus on growing the business and improving margins. Should be worrying more about getting paid from customers than bickering about contract revenue splits between business lines.


  11. software development engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Oswego, IL
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Oswego, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for job diversity

    Cons

    It is in the process of being bought out by Nokia



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