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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews in New Jersey

Updated February 8, 2015
Updated February 8, 2015
87 Reviews
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87 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.  

    Great working environment but overall company state a nagging question

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Murray Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Murray Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great work family balance, good working environment. If you are self-motivated lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Year over year the company has made a loss and layoffs seem to be happening all the time. Small pay raises if any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to invest more in the employees and this means improving efficiency and make the overall business profitable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Consulting Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great position with lots of flexibility working on latest technology. Work with great extensive global team and PLM organization. Simply awesome job to have with great management and strong corporate support.

    Cons

    While just amazing work environment, technology involvement with a lots of SME choices, one huge negative aspect to this job is amount of work on each engineer’s plate. Consulting engineers are way over worked which poses a great treath to family life in general.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Strong change in culture needed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Murray Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Murray Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Work with some really smart people; ability to work from home. Company seems like it is headed in a better direction due to the recent narrowing of their focus/portfolio

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, unless you move to a completely different business group. Salaries and bonuses have been limited/stagnant for years - even for top performers. Constant cycle of layoffs. Lots of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the strong performers happy. Build a culture of achievement and pride!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    installation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installation in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Installation in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    great benefits, overtime, pay, stress free work, company phone and computer, and great people to work with

    Cons

    lack of career opportunities within the U.S.

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

    Built on the history of Bell Labs - a tall image to stand up to

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Murray Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Murray Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Company has good products and staffed by a lot of great and talented people. Management has an open door policy

    Cons

    Has fallen a bit from the highs of telecom but most companies in this space have fallen as well and some went under. Pay is not on par with competition. Sales teams punished with monster quota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales quotas should be achievable, not go up by factors.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The last few years the company has lost their way in the technology arena and no longer leads wireless equipment vendors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Murray Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Working in leading the new technology introductions with very bright co-workers and convincing story lines. Helping create the next generation technology selling points for customer presentations. Getting direct feedback and updating to correct potential flaws.

    Cons

    The company is shrinking and limited promotion opportunities. Continuous changing of directions and product introductions. Management changes bring in new priorities and focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firm up management and focus on getting the company back on track to lead the wireless equipment markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Holmdel, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Holmdel, NJ

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

    Pros

    reasonable amount of freedom on work plan,
    most supervision is not overwhelming.
    flexible work schedule

    Cons

    no raises for years,
    upper management just keeps say the same things,
    no real plan to turn the company around
    difficult industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow Train Wreck in Process

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Elizabeth, NJ
    Former Employee - Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Elizabeth, NJ

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

    Pros

    Work is pretty easy, so if you don't need a challenge this is the company to work for.

    Cons

    Continuous layoffs, lack of morale, the company will be gone eventually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the old guard otherwise the company is doomed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long eighteen years at what is now ALU.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Murray Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Murray Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Some really bright people.
    Mostly relaxed atmosphere.
    Very interesting and detailed technical work.

    Cons

    Limited advancement.
    Poor compensation
    Continual layoffs and outsourcing
    Consistently bad strategic direction
    Repeating the same mistakes over and over because there is no time to fix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to the companies own failures in the past to set strategic direction. Fixing the repeated problems beat yet another people reduction plan. Oh, and never hire another person over the age of 25. The place is a retirement community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a good places to work, but very slow growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Summit, NJ

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

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work with work-life balance. Great people in general.

    Cons

    No salary increase and very small bonus (if any) for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create incentive for employees in high growth areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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