Nokia Networks Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Senior System Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Arlington Heights, IL

    I worked at Nokia Networks full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very attractive benefits such as 401K matching, profit sharing.

    Cons

    The senior management does not create a trust worthy environment. The employees would always have to look over their shoulders. Many of them need to be reminded of the "employee relation" part of the managerial position.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro manage the employees. They are more than capable of delivering their end of the deal. Managing employees effectively is more than just tell them what to do. There is a whole list of qualifications.

  2. A great company for those who don't like to think or do

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Nokia Networks full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is usually great, good work environment. Some great co-workers.

    Cons

    confusing, frustrating, irritating management decisions. No real structure to anything that is being done. Lack of communication between groups will be the downfall of the this company. Vision for the future is too nokia specific don't know how to create a clear vision and be aware of where the real competition is hiding. Every single engineer will become extremely frustrated at some point at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to what is already out there in terms of ip/cloud transformation than look at your own transformation and see your misalignment, you will not create the future with your vision, but you must learn to exist in it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Significant layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington Heights, IL

    I worked at Nokia Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Industry with a lot of work to do to keep up with ever changing network standards. Opportunity for creativity.

    Cons

    Despite commitments made with the Motorola Networks purchase, Nokia has sold off the buildings and has continually reduced the loyal staff while hiring new low wage employees or outsourcing work.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Working in the coal mines

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Nokia Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary, people who were part of the team

    Cons

    Remote Finland management, demanding, not inclusive. Cannot say I know anyone in Irving who likes working there, especially the acquired Motorola staff. Never had a one on one discussion with my supervisor from Finland.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Continuing reductions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, salaries, 401K, and time off.

    Cons

    Reductions in the US job market continue.

  7. NSN Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most people are good to work with.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment; work direction comes from multiple places; management does not communicate to all.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people fairly and communicate to all your employees.

  8. North American Part is very neglected

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

    I have been working at Nokia Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nokia Networks is making a play at several markets so I am hopeful of better projects coming down the pipeline. Nokia enjoys a good reputation and working here for a few years will add a nice highlight to your resume.

    Cons

    Nokia North America does not invest in its employees (in house training is very obsolete or so specific that it pigeon-holes you).
    Opportunities for promotion and growth are non-existent on the US side, but we see frequent updates on the European side.

    Advice to Management

    We understand you bought us for the US customers but you have an awesome engineering core in the US that is rusting away right now.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Management out of touch

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Nokia Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large Company - some opportunity to move around between different organization and different products - but the products all seem to be silos

    Cons

    Fragmented company with too many organizations and not enough cohesion. Executive management is removed from the product line and does not understand R&D

    Advice to Management

    reduce number of layers and number of organizations

  10. Frustrating tenure as NSN depletes US talent base.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nokia Networks full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Technically competent but lacking in customer management skills.

    Cons

    Poor customer service, Inability to deliver on roadmap commitments on both dates and content. Bug fixes always late.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say. You paid nearly a billion for Motorola Networks and then lay off half the staff because Euro commissions will not let NSN lay off bloated payrolls/duplication.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Company doesn't respect you at all. Your salary is based on your nationality not on the competence.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Nokia Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - 6% company match for 401k
    - flexible work time

    Cons

    - It's very difficult to get any promotions. Company is interested in the cheapest engineers.
    - Your salary is based on your nationality not on the competence. Finnish engineers have the highest salaries. On the same position engineer from LAM would get 60 000 - 70 000 $ per year. But Finnish engineer would get 90 000 - 100 000 $.
    - Most managers don't respect you at all. You wouldn't get any compensation for the overtime or night work.

    Advice to Management

    respect your engineers. Salary should be based on the competence not on the nationality.

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