Nokia Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
1,341 Reviews
3.8
1,341 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.  

    They were great company, but after Microsoft purchased Nokia. I don't see any vision.

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fair salary, so many talented people, great team work

    Cons

    Poor/slow decision making by management, that is why Nokia lost so much market share. Now they were bought by MSFT. Hope they are doing well, but MSFT had a big lay off. I don't know what they are going to do, similar to Google/Motorola???

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Shame

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Majority of “New” employees and managers are very competent

    Cons

    Many of upper managers are poor leader. The San Diego site was one big club where managers just sat on different piano chairs and moved around with poor performance and no consequence. The consequence became a reality in June 2014 when the site was closed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Culture, but leadership lacks

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Culture and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Upper management has history of poor business decisions, thus the decline of the company over the years. No longer opportunity for individuals to develop career path.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Fun place to work with really smart people

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employees were really empowered to make decisions and have ownership. Co-workers were all very bright and friendly. Direct management was fully engaged and vested in the people on their team. There was always a willingness to try something new and learn from mistakes in a constructive way.

    Cons

    Work life balance was not very good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Generally good but too Finland centric in its thinking. Slow to adapt to market changes and strategic shifts.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good, smart, caring people with a good work ethic.

    Cons

    Culture resistant to change and slow to react. Leadership often focused on personal needs rather than the health of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve velocity of change. Work on clear differentiation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very good company culture

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  8.  

    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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  9. 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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than a year

    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
  10.  

    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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No appreciation, no reward for hard work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia

    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

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