Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
1,311 Reviews

3.3
1,311 Reviews
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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes
Michel Combes
205 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Outstanding Culture. A little light on compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Software Quality Assurance engineer IPD group

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    ALU, good for starters bad for experts

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too slow to adapt to changing markets

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer

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

    Pros

    Large multinational that provides exposure to colleagues all around the world. Good opportunity to learn about global cultural differences.

    Cons

    Company is too slow in reacting to changing markets. If you do not work in Europe, you are essentially a second-class employee. Be prepared for additional workload to be dumped on you when everyone in France goes on summer vacation (basically 4 weeks in July/August).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management takes forever to make a decision and often it is too late. Competitors are running circles around the company's product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Good place to learn. A lot of experienced people in the company and good mentors

    Cons

    Company have the need of new and young employers.

  10.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Challenging assignments peer recognition and satisfaction

    Cons

    Unstable market lower pay compared to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NOne

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company challenged by turnaround economics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    If you work for ALU you will likely be exposed to cutting edge technology/products. Great company history and legacy.
    Networking potential, tons of SME's - lots of smart and good people.
    Compensation: Range is fair in most cases.
    Benefits: Standard in industry, health insurance seemed better than average.
    Perks: Tuition assistance program of up to 9K per year, ability to tele-commute (if you show you deserve it).
    New CEO Michel Combes seems capable of really turning the company around.

    Cons

    Company has struggled for the past 10 years leading to small bonuses, no salary increase or promotions, and lots of job cuts. Even the 401K (company match) did not survive.
    Not a lot of young blood. The old people left are unwilling to change or step up, they lack competition from new hires for their job.
    A lot of people are seating in the wrong seat of the bus. Too many unmotivated managers.
    No proper mentorship or rotational program for young new hires. Very poorly assembled intern / co-op programs.
    Inefficient processes and de-centralized tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing LTE without adding more managers!! Weed out poor managers and hire more new college grads and establish assignment rotational programs to cross train them in the various critical areas needed in new product development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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