Alcatel-Lucent

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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews in Kanata, ON

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
1,419 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.  

    Test Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and good working enviornment

    Cons

    Managment is not supportive,In my case they always demotivate me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees when they need it

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good/OK employer, outlook is always made to seem like doom and gloom to avoid promotions, raises and career development.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kanata, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than 10 years. Peers are nice, the work environment is good and the job is fairly stable - if you work extra hard. Flexible work hours but you WILL need to bring your work home with you if you want to be home for supper. Some Great people left.

    Cons

    As a whole the company has been on a constant decline for over a decade now. Sustaining life through acquisition and mergers. Was awesome at the start but now there's not much to get excited about. Risky career development - choose wisely. Not as much opportunity to grow as one would think. Not agile, practice Kanban though. You do not necessarily get what you put in - long hours for a pat on the back. No salary increase in years and the incentive plan is rarely paid out. Great people make great companies .. we are down on the amount of great people left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people, use internal resources efficiently instead of hiring externally, reward ALL employees who help build the company, help set out clear career paths. SHARE THE WEALTH.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people, good opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student in Kanata, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good workplace. Diverse teams, so you can move around. Good vacation compared to other companies. They have team outings too, which are a lot of fun if you have cool coworkers!

    Cons

    Allow Engineers to run with their own ideas and have more freedom ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow Engineers to run with their own ideas and have more freedom ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall positive experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Friendly environment with great people to work with. Convenient location with good access to nature for walks etc. On site gym with 24x7 access was a great bonues.

    Cons

    Business outlook not that great for the wireless business. Career advancement limited as there is not much movement of people at the management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus developing the Kanata location as there is a great talent pool.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Dynamic and challenging environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Kanata, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    challenging work, great support for learning.

    Cons

    Merger of Alcatel and Lucent led to a lot of confusion with respect to processes and 'empire building'.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK if your lazy but highly unorganized and full of red tape. Almost impossible to get a raise.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy and flexibile work hours. Good vacation and benefits.

    Cons

    Chance of promotion or a raise are few and far between. Terrible communication from the top and a bloated middle management layer. How about 4 different bosses in 2 years and never having met one face to face.

    Bad company results, constant layoffs and shrinking stock price makes for ultra low morale and you always wonder if your next to go.

    Company is full of managers with no people skills that have simply been promoted due to length of time employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim middle management and make employees having a local boss a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience at Alcatel-Lucent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work/personal life balance. Flex work hours

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted, get pay raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for people with families, not good for career growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed work culture. 4 weeks of vacation. 7.5 hour work days. No micromanagement. Great for work life balance.

    Cons

    No growth in the foreseeable future for the company thus for many of its employees. Company is going through a lot of layoffs right now and cutting many product lines. Overall mood is not optimistic. Employees are not proud of their employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a bit more process. People come to work and take things very easy. This is a private sector company yet the work environment seems like a bureaucratic government department's.
    Hold more regular 1 on 1s with the employees to track progress and catch issues early.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Ability to try different roles, learn different skills, work with excellent people,

    Cons

    Company is still trying to get it's feet back on solid ground.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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