Alcatel-Lucent

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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
1,470 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a great sense of work-life balance within Alcatel-Lucent (in 142 reviews)

  • Company has a good Work Culture, lot of talented resources, good products (in 57 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has struggled to pull it together in the last seven years (in 31 reviews)

  • gt;> Little to no salary increase or bonus for the past 8 years (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place for interns

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great internship program which included workshops, resume expos, and opportunities to network with corporate executives
    -Assigned a mentor who will be your resource for the work
    -Open communication with coworkers
    -Excellent learning experience

    Cons

    -Current employees are older
    -Work environment, aside from intern activities, is very boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    315

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    Current Employee - 315 in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - 315 in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Field work at customer sites around the world.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, to caught up in technicalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with know your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good company with work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    ALU is a good work/life balance workplace with lots of well educated co workers. Teammates respected each other. Very nice work environment with beautiful campus with fitness center within.

    Cons

    can't think anything not good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The Toilet Swirl

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities within the company, as with any big company.

    Cons

    They have been laying off for 13 years now, and there's no sign of a turnaround. The people were good at one time -- in their hay day, but layoffs have culled much of the talent. Layoffs were supposed to cull the dead wood, but the talented people began leaving on their own when they saw the writing on the wall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those below you. You hire them to provide information to you. Don't then make decisions which are contrary to what your underlings are suggesting.

    Stop outsourcing. You have forgotten the motto "you get what you pay for".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work but lately stagnant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional colleagues. Many smart, loyal and dedicated co-workers. Amazing talent here. Work conditions are good - flex hours and schedules are helpful. Salary and benefits are competitive with industry.

    Cons

    An aging technical workforce that is not being replenished adequately with new talent. Business decisions may have caused a delay in moving from telephony technologies into more current internet technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hesitate to innovate. Be leaders in the industry, not followers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Project Manager Job

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good with training, chance for personal growth, flexible hours

    Cons

    Promotions are tough, company with shrinking workforce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging assignments peer recognition and satisfaction

    Cons

    Unstable market lower pay compared to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NOne

  9.  

    My internship experience was great and I loved every day of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - API Applications Developer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - API Applications Developer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The best part of working here was being able to interact with extremely smart people, a lot of former Bell Labs employees with a lot of technical knowledge. ALU is very diverse and gives you the opportunity to work with people of different cultures all over the world.

    Cons

    As an intern the biggest con for me was the fact that it felt like 95% (if not higher) of the employees were 45 years old or older. So for graduating students and younger people there's not a lot of co-workers that you can really relate with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    process-oriented, a lot of tranining, mentor and mentees

    Cons

    time to market sometimes is slow than competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, bad salary

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people.
    Very good life balance.
    Work from home (if you show you deserve it)
    Chance to move to different potions in the company

    Cons

    No salary increase, no matter how hard you work.
    Lower than average salary.
    Very old work force. Few new hires on last 10+ years
    Some accommodated Managers and Engineers make things difficult to change/evolve. They just want to keep things being done as they started to do them 20 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ALU needs new blood urgently. Current work force is working using old procedures and outdated knowledge. New blood would introduce new technologies and embrace the change. Some Engineers and Managers need to be challenged by these new comers to put the company back where it should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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