Alcatel-Lucent

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Alcatel-Lucent Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,420 Reviews
3.3
1,420 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 place to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  2. 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
  3.  

    This company has been struggling to regain its former status but has good prospects over the next 18 months.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Decent basic benefits and good products/solutions.

    Cons

    Constant layoff risk as the company struggles to restructure and become profitable. No salary increase over the last five years. Very few bonuses paid out over the last few years and when it is paid, only a fraction of the target bonus is paid to regular employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Design Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Network Design Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    There are some training available and recently management is allowing to get training

    Cons

    Encouragement is there for personal growth but not always

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be honest

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A complex company with lots of dedicated and highly professional people.

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

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

    Pros

    Its full of people across the globe, that I have worked with for years and have really enjoyed working with . The roles have been varied and interesting. The possibilities to work in a range of disciplines is possible.
    The benefits are generally quite good compared to a lot of companies in my geography.
    Recently had a new CEO who has put in place a strong 3 year plan which ticks a lot of boxes in terms of improving the financials, cash , bottom line, improving and simplifying internal systems, reducing inefficiency.

    Cons

    Company is going through a major cost cutting exercise which has made it quite an uncomfortable place to work. ALU is still too complex in its systems and processes , which are not fully integrated. The culture is now very high pressure which gives no time to build a good culture that you can really buy into. At a certain level, career development and personal growth is up to you. There is no one looking after your career development.
    My salary has not changed for 4 years due to poor company performance and hence employee morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more focus on simplifying the systems and processes , as these are causing a lot of the complexity and inefficiency in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    My internship experience was great and I loved every day of it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - API Applications Developer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - API Applications Developer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best part of working here was being able to interact with extremely smart people, a lot of former Bell Labs employees with a lot of technical knowledge. ALU is very diverse and gives you the opportunity to work with people of different cultures all over the world.

    Cons

    As an intern the biggest con for me was the fact that it felt like 95% (if not higher) of the employees were 45 years old or older. So for graduating students and younger people there's not a lot of co-workers that you can really relate with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great company suffering Financial setback

    • 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

    Pros

    Excellent Technical staff. good work culture.

    Cons

    With current financial situation company is not able to compensate well even the excellent performers.
    Not a great middle & Senior Management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to stop outsourcing the core business of the company- its just a short term game played back in the time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Alcatel-Lucent is a great environment to work in

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    There is a great sense of work-life balance within Alcatel-Lucent. All the employees are friendly and enjoyable to be around.

    Cons

    At this point in time, Alcatel-Lucent is not doing as well overall as competing companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I has a great experience working for ALU.

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

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

    Pros

    The technology was cutting edge, and the R&D environment was flexible enough to allow innovation.

    Cons

    The company outsourced, and downsized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    none

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Andover, MA

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

    Pros

    good company with talented staff

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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