Alcatel-Lucent

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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
1,465 Reviews
3.3
1,465 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    315

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 315 in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - 315 in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Field work at customer sites around the world.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, to caught up in technicalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with know your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    excellent for interns

    • 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

    -extremely helpful colleagues
    good learning place.
    competitive salaries

    Cons

    -little to no raise since everything depends on your level and years of experience as opposed to how hard you work.
    -little to no access to any information about a product outside your own group. no help received whatsoever when requested

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to implement better policies for growing employees.
    need to allow more inter-group communication
    have better office amenities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    positive momentum over the last year plus needs to be coupled with thoughtful employee salary and bonus programs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Full International experience. Typical working day includes interaction with colleagues across the Americas, EMEA and APAC. International inter-dependencies allow a flexible work day due to time zone differences. Distributed organizational models lead to greater flexibility in decision making and budget spend

    Cons

    Little face to face time results from distributed working models. Those needing direct feedback or coaching struggle to determine if their contributions are utilized by remote peers. Stagnation at leadership levels due to lack of career growth programs. Lack of salary treatment for promotions, annual increase, etc has seriously de-motivated general population

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Shift Plan needs to be coupled with achievable salary increases and performance bonus plans. Convince the rank and file that we are critical to the company's success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Director, Product Manager UMTS/LTE

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and pay

    Cons

    Lucent took over North America. Benefits were reduced and many better products cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    nice office, good people, satisfactory additional benefits, home office option

    Cons

    low salaries, low career opportunities, stressful business

  7.  

    Strong change in culture needed

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

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

    Pros

    Work with some really smart people; ability to work from home. Company seems like it is headed in a better direction due to the recent narrowing of their focus/portfolio

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, unless you move to a completely different business group. Salaries and bonuses have been limited/stagnant for years - even for top performers. Constant cycle of layoffs. Lots of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the strong performers happy. Build a culture of achievement and pride!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    installation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installation in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Installation in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, overtime, pay, stress free work, company phone and computer, and great people to work with

    Cons

    lack of career opportunities within the U.S.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Many great people
    Very Good Work Life Balance
    Finally have a capable CEO

    Cons

    Floundering for past 15 years
    Prior leadership weak
    May be too late to save this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Flexible company

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

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has been hit by the downturn in the telecomms sector, perhaps more severely so than other competitors Huawei and Ericsson. However, for the young graduate looking for career advancement, there may be some opportunity to progress although limited. This is one of the most flexible employers and the salary is somewhat average by industry standards. There is a great sense of camaraderie among co-workers.

    Cons

    Salaries do not typically grow. If possible, bargain for a better starting salary because that will be the number you will be stuck with for several years to come. Although beginning to change, there is an imbalance between the middle-aged + older employees to young professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a formula that will allow good employee retention by at least raising salary yearly to match inflation. This should be basic minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good overall company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid Level Management
    Former Employee - Mid Level Management

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Company is flexible regarding working from home.

    Cons

    Senior level executives are not always proficient and skilled. Too much french bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick to it. Each year there was a new company direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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