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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews in Plano, TX

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
60 Reviews
3.4
60 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.  

    A Company that Hustles for their customers!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting
    Supreme Benefits-Date of Hire!
    A Pension!
    Training
    Global presence
    22 days PTO for new hires
    Extremely flexible
    Challenging
    ALU University
    Plethora of fairs, etc

    Management is flexible & driven. You are challenged & rewarded for outstanding work. You may get the opportunity to travel & meet other amazing professionals in the industry. I have grown so much since starting with ALU. I could never thank the team of people I work with enough.

    Cons

    None! My workload is hectic at times, but this is no reflection if the company. I am very pleased!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company, Leadership looking for direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Plano, TX

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Average salaries, great vacation benefit, strong medical benefits.

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunity for hungry people. Very much a closed management environment, have to wait your turn (which could be years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the "hungry" people and get them into a development program with leadership opportunities.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    IT Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Development Coordinator in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - IT Project Development Coordinator in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Good employees who want to help the company be successful. ALU produces a good product and has the potential to regain their position as an industry leader

    Cons

    Executive leadership is arrogant and has a distinct lack of backbone. Decisions are made and then abandoned due to political bickering at senior levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit worrying about your personal prestige and focus on what will make the company successful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Contract Assignment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Very talented people working at ALU

    Cons

    Too many chiefs. They were stepping all over themselves to beat the other out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify your operations instead of having so many processes and overhead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Design Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Network Design Engineer in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some training available and recently management is allowing to get training

    Cons

    Encouragement is there for personal growth but not always

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be honest

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company in a transition point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Company pays competitive salaries and takes care of employees.

    Cons

    ALU has a great profitable business in NA, but is hindered by a very unprofitable operation in Europe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on profitable businesses and try to exit the product lines that are not growing anymore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefit
    We can balance in work and life

    Cons

    Not many opening in Plano-TX, but nothing related to do company as such, it is strategic decision, so no issue as such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep development center in Plano, TX as enough resources are available and cost is less than other area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HR beast in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - HR beast in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    I got to travel for a few years? I had an office with a door? Cafeteria food was ok? 20 words yet?

    Cons

    Morale. I was one of the few to get a raise over the course of 5 or so years. $1500/year. Wow. Work force is old. Need young blood and fresh ideas. I was sent a layoff list every Thursday as I needed it for my role. Every Thursday. Never hears from my boss' boss until I gave notice. Just a sad situation overall. The grass really is greener...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely nothing. Keep ruining this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working in the IPTV division as a Co-op gave me an opportunity to learn beyond the scope of job title.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Co-Op in Plano, TX
    Current Intern - Co-Op in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    The company, work culture, colleagues are good for self learner.

    Cons

    Very rare chances of getting converted to permanent employment after completion of contract. Hiring and firing policy.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great products but inconsistent sales strategy and little marketing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people

    Cons

    Unstable management that changes often resulting in frequent 'restructuring' aka layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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