Alcatel-Lucent
3.2 of 5 1,149 reviews
www.alcatel-lucent.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.2 1,148 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes

Michel Combes

(128 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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good company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

Prosnice work culture good learning

Consless salary but good work environment

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Not Bad.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

ProsBig Company and good team. May have chance to find job internally. With reasonable benefits.

ConsNo salary prompt a few yrs. No training cost allocated and the career path development is unclear.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Technical Project Manager (Current Employee)
Naperville, IL

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

Prosgreat for work life balance and Flexibility
Professional teams and work culture
Lateral growth is encouraged, people can move to different organiations

Conslimited vertical growth, promotions are limited and marketing/sales jobs are playground of White males only.
below par salaries

Advice to Senior ManagementMake the brand name more shiny
Get rid of old timers who've outlived their time and technology use

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Product Line Manager (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat place to work, talented team.

ConsSome crusty people that it could without.

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Great place to work at. Good Benefits but low salary.

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood benefits, capable employees, great location

ConsLow salary. No pay hikes

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Pay to industry standards

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very nice working environment

Solutions Manager (Current Employee)
Plano, TX

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

ProsHigh tech working environment with great benefits

ConsSometimes it can get frustrating to make this company agile like any big companies

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to really make company more agile in action instead of only words

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mostly enjoyable! 10 years, management was relatively stable up to the end of my time there

Engineer (Former Employee)
Petaluma, CA

I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAllowance for job flexibility was wonderful ! Change job functions and responsibilities three times while there. Excellent training opportunities provided and encouraged.

ConsOutsourcing and Exporting of manufacturing and testing jobs, after the acquisition by Alcatel-USA . Loss of continuity in legacy information.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good, solid company to work for

Operations Supervisor (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC

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

ProsExcellent working environment at the local level. Very committed employees and direct supervision is some of the best I have experienced in my career.

ConsLike most telecom companies, the threat of downsizing, changing technology and customers attempting to change companies based on the lowest cost creates a stressful environment. European influences and attitude toward the North American operations cause some internal turmoil in the company but no more than any multinational organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementManage and make personnel decisions based on profit contribution to the company not the ease of laying off workers in a more business friendly environment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Outsourcing Finance Functions

Finance Manager (Current Employee)
New Providence, NJ

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

ProsPositive changes to focus on what company does best

ConsToo much outsourcing; in-house experience will be lost

Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate loss of experience when outsourcing and invest in employee development

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Good people, struggling financially

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

ProsMost of the folks I work with have families and need good work-life balance, which Alcatel-Lucent provides. As long as you deliver on time and with high quality, ALU is very accommodating in terms of hours and even virtual work if you prove yourself reliable. There will be periods when you have to work well above the minimum, as at most jobs these days, but it is not constant. Time-off policies are generous, however, and the culture is such that there is no moral odor on taking earned vacations. The people, especially in the Motive Austin facility, are fantastic. Being a multi-national global company, ALU gives you many opportunities to work with people of different countries and cultures, which is a great learning experience. ALU also has a university with lots of free online courses you can take anytime along with access to free online libraries.

ConsBecause the company is financially challenged right now, opportunities for upward career movement can be limited, depending on what you do. That is not to say personal growth is limited - if you are engaged, you will find opportunities for personal growth everywhere as there is tons of need for people who can step up and help out. That said, bonuses are very limited and salary increases are nil right now. If the Shift Plan succeeds, I expect this will turn around. Departments are frequently understaffed; while you will still probably have good work-life balance, you may find yourself moved from project to project. For some this is a pro; for others, it's frustrating because they never get a chance to learn the products deeply.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have started to communicate very well through the Shift Plan. Please keep doing so. Drop the "Alcatel-Lucent Way" motto - it sounds phony. You're on the right track with the new incentive plan this year - give people reasons to keep contributions coming when you're not giving salary increases. Really strict Quality processes are very very difficult to meet when we're as understaffed as we are.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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