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Nokia Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
1,426 Reviews
3.8
1,426 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, results matter most - no any control freaks in management (in 260 reviews)

  • Great work environment with very bright and talented colleagues (in 119 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow decision making, when something goes wrong noone takes the responsilbity (in 52 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch unless you have a supervisor or line manager title (in 35 reviews)

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  1.  

    They shut down our office and laid us off because they didn't want us to leave.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Free phones was about the only pro I could think of.

    Cons

    They shut down our office and laid us off because they didn't want us to leave. The benefits were ok, I didn't like I had to pay a premium for my wife to be on the health insurance plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone offers to pay you to make a mobile browser for Android when no one else had a good browser in the market.... Do it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting technology and domain ruined by poor culture, weak compensation, mediocre employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Working at HERE as a software engineer allows you to work with cutting edge technology such as big data, cloud computing, etc. Chicago office is just a block away from the Metra station. The albatross of the handset division is finally gone.

    Cons

    * The company is moving more toward the "open office" plan which is noisy, distracting, etc. If you are an engineer who needs to be able to concentrate, good luck if you are seated next to somebody yelling into his phone during a conference call.
    * Benefits and compensation have been deteriorating the last few years. Health insurance cost and deductables have gotten worse. Raises barely outpace inflation. 4 year vest for matching 401(k) is ridiculous.
    * Employees are very "clique"-y. Russians hire Russians, Germans hire Germans, Finns hire Finns, former game industry people hire game industry people, etc. and then they only socialize in those groups.
    * The former game industry people are turning the culture into more of a "bro-grammer" culture. The level of unprofessionalism has been steadily rising over the past couple of years.
    * Everything is way too political. Too many managers make their teams look good by bad mouthing other teams.
    * Unfortunately, information important to do your job isn't communicated but rather socialized. If you don't socialize with the right people, you miss out on important information.
    * All of the various support departments (IT, etc.) are terrible. Corporate headquarters decided to centralize everything in Finland and then outsource it which means there is zero accountability on these departments when things go wrong.
    * The company doesn't seem to know how to recruit quality engineers. Candidates that come in for interviews are mediocre at best and at worst only got in the door because the headhunter shopping the candidate around fabricated a buzzword laden resume. As a result, hiring managers give up and tend to just hire the first unobjectionable candidate they can find resulting more mediocre employees.
    * The company doesn't seem interested in retaining quality employees. If benefits are going to get worse and you don't have the budget for competitive raises, at least you could throw some options around to senior or high performing employees. I've never worked at a company that didn't give stock options until now. The attitude seems to be that the work should be its own reward. If I have no investment in the future of the company, why should I stay if a better offer comes along.
    * The company prides itself on its "Finnish management style". I still have no idea what that means. The management style in Chicago seems like every other politics driven place I've worked at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Strive to be an employer of choice. This doesn't mean have the best foosball table or having a happy hour once a week or having a cushy lounge area to hang out in.
    * Be candid in your communications with employees. Every quarter and every year always is portrayed as the best ever... until you look at the details (sales down YoY, etc.).
    * Boost benefits, compensation, etc. and you will be able to better recruit and retain employees.
    * Promote a culture of inclusion and excellence.
    * Reward those who do good work rather than those who can sell themselves the best. There are a lot of consistently good performers who seem to get ignored because either they or their managers don't promote them enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Network Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    The company is good, however, that does not help if you are reporting to inexperienced and abuser manager. I think Nokia Atlanta location does not reflect the Nokia vlaues. Here is a Director replace an experienced manager with his friend to manage an entire operation, and that manger also bring his bodys... and abuses continue....

    Cons

    Some people are nice, but management is very poor, abuses, discrimination and all the above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an other job that mach your skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A one time market leader that didn't see it's industry change direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great location, in downtown Sunnyvale. Company is trying really hard to retain talent, but not doing it right, i.e., food trucks and beer-bashes, rather than bonuses and RSUs.

    Cons

    Don't have control over their own destiny, their dependance on Microsoft is a conflict of interest. Salary wasn't market leader salary. Bonuses were poor. Lack of a stock plan (no RSUs). Poor ESPP. No free lunches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the phone business, focus on consumer services, like "Here" and the S40 browser

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Debacle

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drone in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Drone in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Train close by, workout facility in building, good benefits, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Downsizing was deep and took a long time to communicate to employees. Months went by without knowing if you had a future with the company. That caused an exodus along with the layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management. Only drones. No advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Irrevocably beaten by Apple and Google

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work-life balance at many office locations. Chill Finnish culture.

    Cons

    Utter failure to compete with other smartphone manufacturers. Their focus was entirely on great supply chain management vs. user experience and smartphones. Perpetual layoffs. Some iffy salaries. Stock down 90% in 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should have gone Android instead of trying to "do something different" with Microsoft. You have conceded first place and second place to iOS and Android.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Lost direction and poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operation Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Operation Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for a place to hang out the economy downturn. This is a place you can hide for a while.

    Cons

    Re-org, re-org and re-org. I have 6 managers within 2 years due to re-org. It was turned from bad to worse after I was regroup to a incapable group with full of jokers. Management only likes yes man even blind know what was wrong in the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First line managers should be eliminated all together. They did not manage people nor project. All they do is just relay their managers request to people who report to them at the very last minute.

    Then these managers blame their people for failing the project.

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

    Too slow to compete in the mobile industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The company has a wide pool of talented individuals.
    Good benefits and competitive pay.
    Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Decision making is painfully slow and frustrating. Senior management is out-of-touch with the reality on the ground. Frequent layoffs. In last round of layoffs - several units in US were reduced to half their size - however number of management layers remained the same. Too few engineers, too many managers. Many projects end up with more powerpoint slides than lines of code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your competition and improve speed of execution. Focus on improving the company's culture. Reduce management layers. Make more decisions like "yes" and "no" and avoid decisions like "maybe" and "next week".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Frustrating company to work for. Roller coaster ride.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    High energy, collaborative atmosphere, cool company to begin with

    Cons

    chaotic due to lack of planning, arrogance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proper planning prevents pis_ poor performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's an old boy network and there's a ton of dead weight

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Nokia

    Pros

    The pay is OK, and it is a place where you can get started in the mobile industry then move on.

    Cons

    It's an old boy network, and if you have the right friends you'll go far. But if you don't, then you won't like it here. In my team there were more "product management" and "marketing" people than engineers. These folks worked minimal hours, they came in at 10, took a long lunch, and then they left at 4. On Friday they were all "working from home". They would jet around the world and talk to other people about the projects I was working on, but since they didn't talk to me I never knew what these folks were up to. I watched as some of the most incompetant of the bunch got promoted to managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management with a real engineering background and the interest in driving things and communicating, and get rid of the old boys who have nothing to offer

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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