Alcatel-Lucent
3.2 of 5 1,154 reviews
www.alcatel-lucent.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.2 1,154 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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Technical Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

Pros- Really good for beginner
- Your monthly wage is calculated according to EUR (or USD) exchange rate against currency of your location.

ConsNot really much opportunity for career growth. Be ready that your career will have no advancement for 3 to 5 years. Salary is revised pretty rare (once in 2 or 3 years). If you are lucky and you finally get your salary revised, its increase is five to fifteen percent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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A Career grow from my first Job!!

Technical Sales (Former Employee)
Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

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

ProsOpportunities to grow, State of the art technology

ConsNo flexibility to the changes and very low compensation

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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Purchase Manager (Current Employee)
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

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

ProsMultinational diverse culture global presence

Consenvironment is challenging, not well defined processes,

No, I would not 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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It is a good company but there is not much new positions

Network Engineer (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

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

Prosthere is alcatel university that you can enroll. Some of them are free. The fees of the training are not much expensive. The canteen meals are great, great. The benefits are good too. They have cheap tickets, cheap dry cleaning, even iron.

Consthe company has a shift plan that they fire many old people. They even doesn't hire new interns. Paris campus is far away from the city center.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solution Architect (Current Employee)
Wellington (New Zealand)

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

ProsWhile I am a contractor for them, they are a reasonable company with reasonable expectations. Many of my previous roles have been very difficult in terms of workload, time management, and expected results.

Alcatel-Lucent have paid better, and put a quality job before a massive output requirement. It's a good place to work where I am - good people, polite atmosphere and a focus on quality.

And its good to see that the company is rebounding finally - they were on the ropes for a while.

ConsSomewhat repetitive nature to the work. But hey, thats everywhere.

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

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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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