Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes
Michel Combes
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Pros
  • Good Work life balance at company (in 142 reviews)

  • good work culture, working on latest technology (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a great middle & Senior Management team (in 31 reviews)

  • There hasn't been a salary increase since 2010 (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Big Corporation, slow on process

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    Former Intern - Software Designer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Designer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had great perks, free gym, everyone who worked there seem nice.

    Cons

    Mentorship program needs help, being in Kanata life was slow.


  2. One of the best Co-op experience

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    Former Intern - Tools Developer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Tools Developer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best learning opportunity. Working with state of the art technology with highly qualified professionals.

    Cons

    Office location in Kanata is a bit far from town.

    Advice to Management

    Interns should be paid according to their experiences in the field.


  3. Test Engineer

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    Current Intern - Test Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Test Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and good working enviornment

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees when they need it


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  5. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Nice people, good opportunities

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    Former Intern - Student in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Student in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as an intern (Less than a 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 Management

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


  7. Overall positive experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  8. Dynamic and challenging environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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'.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Good Experience at Alcatel-Lucent

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.



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