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Expect reorganizations every three years.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

Pros

Flexible work arrangements and opportunity to gain a global perspective and experience and help drive trends in a variety of highly visible markets and technologies.

Cons

Little room for advancement, over-dependence on a very small number of customers, especially in North America. Losing its competitive advantage and falling behind on innovation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Leverage the insights and developments from Bell Labs more effectively by bringing them to market in a more timely manner. Simplify the complex global matrix structure.

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    You are given a lot of latitude in how you get your job done. Very little micro managing here.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    work from home or the office very flexible in how you manage your own time in most positions. Though you do need to get the job done and you will have plenty of responsibilities. Company has interesting history and is trying to rebuild itself with some excellent new products.

    Cons

    The core management is based in France so much of the promotions go to people in Europe. The French tend to want to double check and re-check stuff which slows down the speed with which things get accomplished. Also, there is way too many organizations here and sometimes you are not sure what org is responsible for what. Also this creates overlap of functions and again a slow down of getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the management structure. You could easily eliminate most VP's, senior directors, etc controlling their feifdoms and consolidate organizations down to some simple basics such as markeing, sales, R&D, IT, HR, etc. instead there are organizations layered over organization inside these main orgs that in many cases have so many overlapping functions. Everybody works so hard just trying to work through the various orgs that have their hands on any project. This adds time to complete the project, frustration to the employees (who are very motivated and sharp) and time to market and profits. In short, take a big hammer and flatten the organizations. Dont get rid of any worker bees just all the management layers. Also, end the IT outsourcing to HP. Not because they are a bad company but because they are another incredibly complex matrixed organization which then doubles the time of getting any project done.

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    Not bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent

    Pros

    Experience in telecommunication
    Rewards high performers very well

    Cons

    Needs to be a bit more organized
    After acquiring many companies it seems a disjointed workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company organization is important

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