Nokia Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington Heights, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington Heights, IL

    I have been working at Nokia part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You are able to work from home anytime.

    Cons

    There is not much room for personal growth for women.


  2. NSN Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia 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.


  3. Technical Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Offer a good 401K Match. Work life balance is fairly good with reasonably good health benefits. You get to work with experienced engineers.

    Cons

    There has not been much hiring recently, which makes career growth opportunities extremely slow and almost non-existent.


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  5. Quality is an afterthought

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    They pay on time. Community trash cans are emptied daily. ATM installed this year on site has broken only once to my knowledge.

    Cons

    More interested in shipping on time than meeting customer requirements, so data is selectively collected in order to show a "pass" rather than reflect actual performance. The blame game is used to ensure that no one takes responsibility for their own faults. A new lower status quo is used for the next project.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting Irving act like a fiefdom. There is no benefit to Nokia, it's inefficient, attrition will continue with replacements by fresh out Masters degrees that don't know anything. Personality driven orgs always crash and burn.


  6. Fragmented, with the Bay area trying to call the shots for the San Diego office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I worked at Nokia as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The department managers are true professionals and committed to their goals and team members.

    Cons

    The HR function has a bizzare approach and non-professional manner in handling decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to have cohesive and unified approach at all US locations, a method to ensure all of Nokia US is structured to have the SAME goals and paths to get there; using an in-synch methodology.


  7. Too many Motorola people came from failed Motorola

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nokia full-time

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

    Pros

    Not to good now and getting worse

    Cons

    Too many Motorola people will fail Nokia

    Advice to Management

    no advise


  8. Manufacturing worker at Ft Worth factory

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Fort Worth, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Time off. Twelve hour shifts with three-four days off in a row. Clean work environment. Worked there from 1994-97.

    Cons

    Most employees had limited English language skills. Management preferred Vietnamese and Laotians over Americans. Having a degree was a disadvantage. Nepotism run wild.

    Advice to Management

    Other than the ten year tax break, there are reasons Nokia's manufacturing in the US was substandard. They refused to utilize employee suggestions or standard quality control measures.


  9. Easy working conditions but you are playing the Layoff lottery

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Some smart people who stuck it out through the layoffs Some good technology Excellent work/life benefits (Some people take 1 month off every year - yes this is the USA)

    Cons

    Low morale A lot of slackers showing up at 10am and leaving at 4pm After the years of layoffs (past and ongoing) the only people who will take a chance to come to work for us are either recent graduates looking for ANY opportunity or executives (with large golden parachutes) Now even the "safe" Here division continues to do layoffs for a team they JUST ramped. Very disconcerting.

    Advice to Management

    Don't go on a hiring spree - and then 2 weeks later RIF people. It makes you look bad.


  10. Fast past environment in a cutting edge category

    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nimble like a start up with all the great resources of a big corporation Truly a Global organization Strong management team

    Cons

    Fast pace/ 24-7/ culture that never rests Career Development Planning is weak Does not recruit top talent


  11. Helpful (1)

    Lack of trust and innovation

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

    I worked at Nokia 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

    I worked at Nokia Here in Chicago. Working at Here, you get to solve problems that are relatively unique. Instead of implementing yet another web site or REST service, you get to work on large data sets, distributed batch processing and real-time processing. They offer competitive base salary.

    Cons

    As an engineer, you will have basically no say about what applications you will build or how you will build them. There are so many managers, architects, QA people, "scientists", product owners and scrum masters that the people actually building applications for customers are a small minority and are often told that their jobs are not to design systems, but to implement designs created by everyone else. Have an idea about how to improve? You are allowed to suggest it to a lead who may or may not put together a presentation for managers and architects who may or may not listen to it. If they do listen, they will take a vote in which you, the person who built the system and is responsible for fixing bugs and being on call, will not participate. If the vote passes, they will redesign your system because, remember, you are an implementer, not a designer. There is a common misconception that is strong within Here that engineers are all propeller heads, don't understand customers and don't know how to talk to customers. Also, like many companies in Chicago, perks and benefits are slowly eroding. 401k matches exist, but are vested and health care is expensive and lacking in coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers don't write code. We design and build systems. Put trust in your engineers to do their jobs.



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