Alcatel-Lucent
3.2 of 5 1,156 reviews
www.alcatel-lucent.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.2 1,156 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes

Michel Combes

(132 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "No unnecessary process, excellent work life balance, some of the best minds to work with"
    in 118 reviews
  • "work from home or the office very flexible in how you manage your own time in most positions"
    in 41 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management has struggled to pull it together in the last seven years"
    in 28 reviews
  • "upper management is concerned with customer satisfaction but not employee satisfaction"
    in 21 reviews
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Signalling Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsGreat culture, great people and good work environment

ConsTelecom market is competitive and the growth is not as fast as before

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

Prosnice work culture good learning

Consless salary but good work environment

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Not Bad.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

ProsBig Company and good team. May have chance to find job internally. With reasonable benefits.

ConsNo salary prompt a few yrs. No training cost allocated and the career path development is unclear.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work Life Balance

Technical Project Manager (Current Employee)
Naperville, IL

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

Prosgreat for work life balance and Flexibility
Professional teams and work culture
Lateral growth is encouraged, people can move to different organiations

Conslimited vertical growth, promotions are limited and marketing/sales jobs are playground of White males only.
below par salaries

Advice to Senior ManagementMake the brand name more shiny
Get rid of old timers who've outlived their time and technology use

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall ALU is good place to work

Integration Engineer (Former Employee)
Naperville, IL

I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI thing good about working in ALU is Flex hours.

ConsDid not get a pay raise for a long time

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Director (Current Employee)
East China, MI

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

Prosnice and talent people and have a support of government

Consstrategy has a problem and execution is another problem.

Advice to Senior ManagementFaster, but care for the talent more

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Alcatel-Lucent great place to learn

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
Naperville, IL

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

ProsYou have the opportunity to learn depending of the department you work and the interest you put.
It is a global company, starting to recover a solid position in the telecommunication market.
Solid market share in USA.
Very innovative products.
Study benefits

ConsSalaries freeze, very few opportunities to grow, promotions are not rewarded properly. Benefits such as 401k changed recently. It is currently under a restructuring, which means many organizational changes that are not appreciated by the employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementMany old people in management positions that don't want to retire, those positions needs to be open for new young management personal. Leadership is starting to look better with the new CEO, looks like it has a clear understanding of the current company situation and what to do to make the company more profitable.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I spent last 36 years starting with Western Electric, ... , Alcatel-Lucent (one company) overall a positive experience.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Naperville, IL

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

ProsChallenging technical work in all aspects of large and complex software systems.
I am working with very good engineers on wireless networks.
The immediate management is good, we are mostly working in very positive cooperative mode.
The work hours are flexible, and telecommuting is OK when type of work allows it.
Dress code does not exist :)
Benefits are still good.

ConsLast 13 years the corporation was shrinking, this brought layoffs, spinoffs and in general cycles of job insecurity. It can get very stressful.
Upper management often does not share information with its work force, especially at times of layoffs.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop outsourcing jobs to low cost centers... China, India, Romania ... at every cost.
Stop giving clever names to smooth over layoffs, no one likes to hear expressions like synergy, human resource opportunity, shift plan, when al that it means is a layoff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Member of Technical Staff

Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
Murray Hill, NJ

I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time for more than 10 years

ProsNice and relaxed work environment., a lot of smart colleagues. Friendly. Good benefit

ConsWhat can you expect for a company keep loosing money?

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up! It's 21th century. Figure out a way to save this great company and DO IT!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great roots, desperately in need of transformation

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsBell Labs heritage.
Global reach, especially China
Strong management on the networks side, as well as Motive.

ConsMonopoly culture at its core. Desperately need new blood.
Complex management structure
Lost years chasing fluffy visions like application enablement instead of investing in their core business
Impossible to rightsize the French employee base

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus. Nokia Siemens did it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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