Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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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. Power Supply Engineer/Designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work. Very talented people there. Very good benefits. Work from home possible. Flex hours. I worked for very good managers.

    Cons

    They are downsizing. If you can find a nice match, good place to work. Rumor is that Nokia will buy them in 2016.


  2. Company is in decline and nothing can stop it

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, some smart colleagues and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Too many people hold high paying position and do very little. Managers are the first to land a job somewhere else when layoff is coming, engineers who deliver often get impacted first. Low morals in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Captains - Don't be the first to abandon the ship.


  3. ALU in Naperville

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work time flexibility, casual work environment

    Cons

    poor upper management, layoffs every third thursday of the month.

    Advice to Management

    get a clue.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Director in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible work environment in most cases.

    Cons

    Swirling around the toilet for 12+ years. Raises are non existent so employees cannot even keep up with inflation.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Constantly changing strategy has thwarted most efforts to make progress.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pool of talent. Decent facilities.

    Cons

    Constantly changing strategy has thwarted any real chance of progress. It's painful to see this once-vaunted paragon of technical prowess be reduced to a point of almost insignificance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling pieces of company (and people) to meet short-term financial goals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Stay away...

    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of anything good about the future of this company.

    Cons

    Layoffs, layoffs, and more layoffs. No raises. Minimum bonuses, if any. Not very exciting work for US employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like liabilities and start treating them as assets.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Decent company

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    Former Employee - Platform and Networking Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Platform and Networking Software Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bell Labs provides opportunities for research collaborations. Good people. Excellent medical/dental benefits

    Cons

    Staff profile is on the older side, few new hires, many people seem to be just waiting for retirement Morale is on the low side due to several round of layoffs, low stock price, losses etc, but with recent sale to Nokia and the successful turnaround by CEO Combes things could be improving

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide some stability in order to boost morale


  9. Good Company - Uncertain Future

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility in work schedule/location/work balance. I've been treated well thru the many years with AT&T/Lucent Technologies/ALU. Vast number of projects throughout the company so you can find things that interest you.

    Cons

    ALU has been through a lot through the years (split with AT&T, merger with Alcatel) and now the pending acquisition by Nokia. Tough years have resulted in not a lot of salary increases or promotions (that is changing this year with limited salary increases).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees as the company is acquired by Nokia.


  10. Senior Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Professional, intelligent, hardworking, compassionate and resilient people.

    Cons

    Office politics - due to people jockeying for jobs. Feels like musical chairs. Long hours - hundreds email daily is hard to keep up with- Virtual office sometimes feels like working "virtually all the time".. it can be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the brain drain happening due to continual layoffs and people finding better jobs at growing companies. Please focus on growing the business and improving margins. Should be worrying more about getting paid from customers than bickering about contract revenue splits between business lines.


  11. Business Operations Manager

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits and vacation. Ability to telecommute. Global company so there is room to grow or relocate if desired.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling for years to be profitable and have cash flow. Employees are overworked because of the constant attrition.



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