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Nokia Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,309 Reviews

3.7
1,309 Reviews
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Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent values within the company and good work /life balance can be achieved (in 208 reviews)

  • The people are very intelligent and friendly (for the most part); casual work environment (in 111 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes it's hard to drive results because to much politics is involved in decision-making (in 45 reviews)

  • There are so many re-orgs, basically one every 3 or 4 months (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very good company culture

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    Former Employee - RF Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Very good company culture. Finish company is loyal to employees, and offers outstanding benefits and amenities.

    Cons

    Microsoft acquired the mobile devices portion of Nokia, and now many changes coming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok place to work - depends on the department you work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salaries

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance
    International business means 24/7 with no true off weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to clean the exec management team, for some reason layoffs seem to skip the higher level

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wishful Thinking in Mobile Internet Services

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Lots of respect from Finnish coworkers. Very collaborative yet direct and honest approach.

    Cons

    Lots of BS and ego from Silicon Valley acquisitions. Finnish Nokians mistook belligerent Silicon Valley overconfidence for experience and competence. Locals rose in management, and a year later the old-time Nokians realized they were reporting to ass-hats and incompetent lieutenants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out all the middle managers. Crack the whip on the acquired groups, they're just waiting for their retention bonuses. Infiltrate new groups with more old-time Nokians, and be ready to break up acquired management structures, even if they seem to work. They don't care about Nokia, they care about their bonuses and their next startup-IPO/Acquisition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a great company to work for at the time

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Nokia culture is team work. Everyone works together and information is being shared with different teams. People move around depending on which project who is working on. The team works in the same area to make communication easier. People are great.

    Cons

    Nokia has been behind competition for sometime now. Things are not improving as much as we all have hoped for.
    Now medical insurance may not be the best. . .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No appreciation, no reward for hard work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The culture, people, work life balance, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Encouragement of diversity, internal promotion, personal growth, Leadership and communication is sorely lacking. The company seems to be controlled by a Human Resources department which doesn't emit any humanity. Motivation is low and the worry of lay-off is constantly overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees for success and reward those who work hard. "Bell curve" rewards are demotivators!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineering  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineering in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Stable and work together atsmosphere

    Cons

    Hard to work for new technoloty until it is proven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take action agressively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good technical people, Sr management needs to articulate a long term strategy

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    Global reach - you can have assignments around the world
    Compensation is competitive - bonus system (dependent on profitability) can be a nice perk

    Cons

    Lack of direction and accountability has been the culprit of Nokia - it is key for the "New Nokia" (w/o handset business) to fix these issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the past and manage risks properly - the company cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes it made while running the handset business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Senior IT architect for manufacturing, R&D and datacenters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible working hours. When job was done you could go for example see dentist

    Cons

    micromanagement and silos in the IT organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open up silos and take off magnifying glass

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    How culture can sometimes affect company performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, international environment, smart devices managed to change its portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Some other parts like HERE have sold a dream for long and overall many committees, lack of decision and outside of some parts which re-organised themselves effectively, too much politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Worthwhile

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Sense of family and appreciation in early years, then the awful years of worry and lay offs.

    Cons

    Arrogance within the company - not listening to what customers wanted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Had Nokia listened to the customer it would still have a large percentage of the market in mobile phones. Nokia was the first to have colors in the 232, and then removable changeable coloured covers in 5100 series. Then the customers wanted flip and Nokia did not want to invest the money to have two user interfaces ,then when they did provide flip phone Motorola had already stolen the market. The smart phone and the qualcomm chip ordeal and not aligning with Android platform was yet another serious mistake. In the end we all lost our jobs and Nokia lost its marketshare and eventually sold out to Microsoft.

    No opinion of CEO

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