Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO 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. good company with tons of opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the opportunity in Alcatel-Lucent

    Cons

    no any concerns. Alcatel-Lucent is a great company.

    Advice to Management

    focus, quality and innovation.


  2. Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ALU is a offers a casual and flexible environment for IT professionals. The bidding, estimates, timeline is determined by the Technical Staff. High performers are recognized and appropriately rewarded. Challenging and intellectual projects.

    Cons

    There is no growth or substantial raises or bonuses. Year after year there increased job insecurity


  3. Inspiring company. Inspiring coworkers.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Murray Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From the first time I walked into the Murray Hill headquarters, I felt a major lift in stature and pride. I was employed for two separate periods, first at Lucent for six years, then at Alcatel-Lucent for one year. In all situations my supervisor or manager was exceptionally qualified, foresighted, personable. Early in my tenure, when they were more financially secure, the training provided has been key to my success as an engineer. I grew up 6000 feet from Murray Hill. You could see a microwave tower from the end of our street. I used to dream, that if I really strived, maybe someday I could work there. It came true.

    Cons

    My last manager, who was responsible for the design of substantial profit making wireless equipment, had six levels of managers above him. What in the name of good sense did they do up there other than keep themselves employed.

    Advice to Management

    Why does the property management group seem to have the ultimate say in matters that hinder efficiency.


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  5. Coming to an end

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Murray Hill, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility in work, ability to build your reputation outside the company, and to contribute to any part of the business you want.

    Cons

    Frequent, random changes in direction. General malaise. No real future for the company. Management within bell labs is entirely incompetent on almost every level. The business is in serious trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Get up to date. You are decades out of date. Stop assuming everyone is smart and contributing. Make the tough political decisions to end careers that have been coasting for years.


  6. 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.


  7. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    stable job, latest tech, good opportunities

    Cons

    too big, tough to stay afloat


  8. Alcatel-Lucent

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    Former Employee - Site Acquisition Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Site Acquisition Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good IT support and database management. The database created for the Sprint Vision program was top notch.

    Cons

    Program managers could become personal rather than deliverable-oriented in their criticisms. Need to keep them focused on what is being delivered for the client rather than who or how.

    Advice to Management

    Get your program managers focused on client satisfaction. Avoid personal confrontation wherever possible.


  9. Alcatel Lucent

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    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Kremlin, OK
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Kremlin, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent (More than a year)

    Pros

    High tech company Experienced employees Excellent Labs

    Cons

    Located in Nozay Nothing nearby transport can be an issue depending on the time

    Advice to Management

    Do not sell to Nokia


  10. World class technology, serious product development

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Serious product development...no talks..just build it and sell. 2. World class product quality. 3. Very committed, passionate and work class team. 4. Very strong management, leadership.

    Cons

    This is not a place for people who talks big and delivers nothing. Such people won't last longer. Essentially, I don't see any cons for serious product designers.


  11. Director Project Management

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    Current Employee - Program Management Director in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Program Management Director in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent project management discipline and support

    Cons

    the stability of company is not that great.

    Advice to Management

    The company should offer more career development



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