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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,332 Reviews
3.3
1,332 Reviews
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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you work 9 to 5 and expect nothing but to play the survival game (in 132 reviews)

  • good work culture, working on latest technology (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • decision of senior management not following a strategic insight but based on non grounded judgmental view (in 30 reviews)

  • Continual upper management turnover results in the resetting of goals and the loss of momentum (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Admin Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, global company. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    No promotions or training. Due to constant reorgs, the departments always seemed fragmented.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Alcatel-Lucent has been pretty good to me.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Alcatel-Lucent provides tuition reimbursement, health/dental benefits, 401(k) plan, and an annual bonus plan based on organizational performance vs. goals. Alcatel-Lucent offers generous vacation (22 days for 0-10 years, 27 days for 10+ years, and like 32 days after 20+ years). This is for the United States. Different countries may vary. Great work life balance. Pretty much an eight hour day, five day a week job.

    Cons

    While Alcatel-Lucent does have a 401(k) plan, the 6% matching was eliminated this year. In its place is a cash account program. The program is intended to provide for monthly pay credits equal to 6% of base salary paid in the prior month. However, because of the time it will take to setup the Program, the amount of the initial pay credit is being increased to 6.12% and will be based on base salary paid in all of 2014. The additional 0.12% is the amount that would have been accumulated in the account as of January 1, 2015 had the pay credits been made monthly with interest. After January 1, 2015, employees will receive monthly pay credits equal to 6% of their base salary paid during the prior calendar month. Upon termination, you may commence your Cash Account Program benefit by electing, with spousal consent, a lump sum payment in cash, a lump sum rollover to an IRA, a lump sum rollover to the ALSP (provided you have a balance in the ALSP at the time of the rollover), or a lump-sum rollover to any other qualified retirement plan. In addition, there will be annuity forms of payment (monthly payments for life) available under the CAP.
    You tend to stay in the same position without much room for career growth (mostly just gaining lots of experience).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of every division except IP routing. Keep developing new and innovative edge and core routers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Company in need of direction and investment

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    Former Employee - Director Solutions Architecture
    Former Employee - Director Solutions Architecture

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

    Pros

    A good group of people striving to do the best that they can within limited means.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in key areas, the company is not sure what it wants to be!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on the company direction and start to invest in key technologies and you will turn this company around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lot of good work and nice people, no salary raise though

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    High Energy, lot of different opportunities to work with, can pick and play any role you like

    Cons

    Lower pay compared to market, change in vision which is not communicated properly and so no clear strategy / vision among employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay your best employees, you cannot work for years without a raise when the group is making millions and exceeding targets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work but no career evolution in sight

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people work there and the overall ambiance is very good. Salary is a little bit more than average but tends to stay the same. Real plus is the flexibility that gives a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    No career evolution in short/mid-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the future through young talents and take more risks on cutting edge new projects.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    ALU, good for starters bad for experts

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    Current Employee - LTE Subject Matter Expert  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - LTE Subject Matter Expert in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Best place to learn, good documentation, laid back environment

    Cons

    No annual salary increase, no promotions, no performance evaluation, lack of motivation, not organized, poor management and worst HR ever

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company means well but can't get out of their own way

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    Current Employee - Services Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Services Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Alcatel offers a competitive salary, excellent health benefits and a fair 401K alternative plan (used to be a great 401K match). The company employs smart people, many who have impressive educational backgrounds and years of experience. Alcatel deals in cutting-edge technology and you feel that you're at the forefront of where technology is going years before the average person knows anything about it.

    Cons

    Lots of press has been given to the the financial situation over the past several years - this is a real concern, but seems to be moving in a generally positive direction. However, a larger problem, from an inside perspective, seems to be the leadership at the mid management level - these people really struggle to figure out how to move at a speed comparable to more flexible competitors. They are stuck in old ways of doing business which leads to inefficiencies - often too many people in some areas and not enough in other areas. The CEO has made a commendable effort to shutter unprofitable business units and contracts, however, there are many examples where Alcatel still chases opportunities that are good for the current quarter's revenue number but not good for the bottom line, and also present financial hardships in the long term. They often cannot make the tough decision to exits markets that are no longer profitable, so therefore waste resources instead of re-focusing in new growth areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain a sharp focus on growth areas of the market. Do not try to be all things to all customers. Let some customers, product lines, businesses go in favor of growth opportunities. Do not spread resources too thin by trying to cover everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    The management is transparent, no work pressure and good work culture. The salaries are also good.

    Cons

    Interview process takes a while. No negotiation in Salary.

  10.  

    Software Quality Assurance engineer IPD group

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Job. Excellent pay. Good team to work with. Also the type of responsibilites you will handle at alcatel will be challenging and good for career. Flexible working. Monday , wednesday.

    Cons

    Nothing much of a con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding Culture. A little light on compensation

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    Current Employee - TTT LTE Implementation Engineer  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - TTT LTE Implementation Engineer in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable contract work. Outstanding expertise, professionalism and espirit de corp from all of my colleagues. Tremendous work ethic is en-grained in the culture.

    Cons

    Had to permanently re-locate. Compensation was not quite in-line with industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You guys never passed the buck and you absolutely controlled what you could control. I had a clear understanding of my role. My ability to advance and after a bit what my day-to-day objectives were.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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