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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
1,396 Reviews
3.3
1,396 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a great sense of work-life balance within Alcatel-Lucent (in 142 reviews)

  • Company has a good Work Culture, lot of talented resources, good products (in 57 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has struggled to pull it together in the last seven years (in 31 reviews)

  • gt;> Little to no salary increase or bonus for the past 8 years (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good international company but depending on the service the experience can be really disappointing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Not well paid and not a real company culture bringing more and more people to look at companes with more interesting challenges. Income lower than market.

  2.  

    Long term manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are excellent. Some of the brightest and hardest working people you can find. I think the new CEO (Michel Combes) is providing good leadership to the company and we are seeing some indications of a turnaround.

    Cons

    The company continues to struggle with recovering from the devastation of the "dot.com" bubble burst in 2000 and its impact on the telecommunication industry. Little or no salary increases in the last 14 years plus continuous downsizing/outsourcing of the US employees have made this a very stressful place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of our customers are US based. We need to find a way to bring in new college hires in the US (not just China and India) to replace the aging US workforce while there are still experienced people here to train and mentor the new hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Company in need of direction and investment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Solutions Architecture
    Former Employee - Director Solutions Architecture

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (more than an 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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (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.  

    Software Quality Assurance engineer IPD group

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Services Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (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
  10.  

    Nice place to work but no career evolution in sight

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too slow to adapt to changing markets

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (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

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