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Ericsson-Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,886 Reviews

3.5
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Ericsson-Worldwide CEO Hans Vestberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Development is team-centric and work-life balance is taken seriously by management (in 152 reviews)

  • Work environment is very good and lot of onsite oppurtunities (in 130 reviews)


Cons
  • if you Job require you to work in Shift then work life balance is difficult (in 54 reviews)

  • Poor initial planning leads to many changes in decision making and major inefficiencies (in 39 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The worst experience in my career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Málaga (Spain)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Málaga (Spain)

    Pros

    I think the cofee machine works pretty fine

    Cons

    - Totally deprecated technologies
    - Mediocre bosses (Most of the dont even speak english properly)
    - Poor salaries
    - The worst office-ambiance I ever saw, external contractors are totally ignored while the oldy-fishes who have been working there for the last years (and almost take the company to the bankrupt) still try to destroy it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, review some basical software engineering concepts such as Branch/Head subversion methodologies.. or try to learn better english.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Less than stellar place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Plano, TX

    Pros

    Very engineering focused company with little emphasis on anything else.

    Cons

    Expectations that one must work 7X24 with little or no compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the market, listen to your customer, change you selling approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    No chance for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    Pay good, but no raises or bonuses

    Cons

    Good jobs and new technology being outsourced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Integrator  in  Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Solution Integrator in Noida (India)

    Pros

    most of them don't have work so you have the chance to pursue your interest like reading or preparing for higher studies.

    Cons

    Very bad management and office politics. Not at all a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am hopeless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Avoid if you can, there are many better places to spend the best part of your life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    1. Reasonably flexible hours
    2. Overall, the pressure level is lower than in many IT companies
    3. Every now and then you might be allowed to work remote

    Cons

    You may like this place if:

    1.You love to spend most of your waking hours either in a noisy "bullpen" in the hallway, or doubled-up in a room about the size of the bathroom and without windows
    2. You enjoy explaining to people that the grass is green and the sky is blue - over and over again
    3. You really love being kicked out (aka fired) without as much as a single word of explanation. Next day you would report to work - only to find out that you were fired the day before and nobody can tell you why

    If the above sounds like your dream job - by all means. If not - there are few hundred companies in the vicinity, do yourself a favor and pick any of them instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I regret my decision to join this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros

    Great place to work at for people who are 40+, or married, or have kids.
    Success isn't rewarded, but then again nor is failure being punished. Good place to be/stay mediocre.
    Also a good place for aspiring managers, as that seems to be the only career ladder.

    Cons

    Non-existing technical career ladder. If technique is your passion, strongly consider not staying here for long, and plan yourself accordingly. Employees should plan their career growth strategy by themselves in order to stay competitive, the company is incapable of helping you with this.

    Non-existing technical management, it is quite strange that no one knows what is going on, as higher technical management seem to be oblivious of what is happening on the ground.

    Non-existing technical performance management. Seems quite subjective (the technically ignorant [which is by design] manager gets to pick and choose who to lift up) and random how you get graded. Politically successful individuals have the edge.

    Socialism and oligarchy at its worst.

    Developers are weighed by the kilogram, which is why you'll often see frustrated people around. The only thing that seems to work for increasing your weight is the number of years you've spent at the company.

    Unfortunately, I must say that with these conditions, it is not much more than a place to rust for technically talented people. Top positions in the company seem to be reserved for friends and family, it is not possible to attain those positions with higher merit; unless again, you have been at the company for more years than the person you are trying to replace.

    The illusion that job rotation is promoted only goes as far as the low-level positions which don't result in any meaningful (or any at all) salary increase or career boost.

    The people who have stayed at the company the longest are seen as the oligarchy and they try to detach themselves as a group from the rest of the organization, but do control everything from the background.

    Salaries are embarrassingly low for young and talented people, with no real chance of increase, unless they switch to management positions (which isn't that easy) or unless they switch positions around the company every year without really understanding what it is they are doing and with the side-effect of losing their career direction. (It might even lead up to being unemployable outside of this company in the long run) Salaries also seem to be affected by nationality, political success in the company, and how well one speaks the Swedish language. The system is rigged in a way.

    Certain units in the company are treated simply like a low-paid consultancy company, which is why they have quite high staff turnover. People leaving with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) wasn't an uncommon sight for me.

    If you've read my review this far, here lies an advice for aspiring employees:
    If you are younger than 30, passionate and technically talented, strongly consider not joining and be open to alternative opportunities instead. I am on the way out myself, and I would have wanted someone to tell me this before joining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A revolution is necessary to fix these problems, as this current situation seems to be ingrained into the company culture and middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A bad experience in Ericsson India

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Integrator  in  Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Solution Integrator in Noida (India)

    Pros

    None as far as I saw even though I am a very optimistic person. Ericsson loses its reputation here in india. Ericsson HQ needs to seriously look into this company here.

    Cons

    Bad upper management. Incompetent people. Using open-source products and labelling them as ericsson products. Check the EGI confessions page for more reviews about this company. Bad training for graduates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole upper management needs revamp.

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

    Not very good in India

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

    Pros

    Nice Company respective of Salary,Leave Policy,Retiral Benifits,And Feels cool by the time of joining.

    Cons

    > As Everything is under Manager and you luck will be decided based on your manager.
    > If he/she does not like then Ericsson will fire you which is very dangerous in terms career growth in Ericsson.
    > This single policy can put down the Ericsson Brand and Image from Employee perspective.
    > And Manager Can do anything(Trading,Gossiping,and all the nonsense) because they are the one who can do even decides the employees fate.
    > To Recruit their relatives and to create a position they can fire people and do their need.
    > So much of groupism and bossism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    > Dont always believe the Managers.

    > Always listen from both the ends and judge the scenario.
    > If candidate is not perform in one project then Please give him/her one more chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old process no one follows + lots of politics + Sales teams offering not feasible completions times = STEP AWAY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    - The technology this company create/sells is the only thing you could be interested to be here.
    - Pretty interesting projects. Technical complex project for people that want to learn
    - Company has no concurrence in NorthAmerica. No one produces what they produce (Chineese companies are banned from USA, so the LTE market is only for Ericsson)
    - On-site Gym, On-site restos, On-site Daycare (good but really trying to compensate the lack of life-balance and the "always-late" projects' culture)

    Cons

    The first and most dramatic CON is:
    - Lot of politics. Like the olf 80s style. Old fashion, at all levels. Really disgusting. Some BU more than others, but exagerated and toxic.
    - If your style is not to deal with politics, stay away. There are a lot of incompetent people that deals with politics and stay well in this company.

    The 2nd one:
    - Advise to new graduates and juniors: If you Join Ericsson, there is a possibility you cannot go out because your skills will be si tight Ericsson's product, and you will value zero in the job market after 5 years.
    So, if after 1-2 years you do not feel comfortable, two years is the max time to be here; if not your mobility will be in risk, and be forced to remain here forever... (no matter what)

    The 3rd one:
    - Internal process is an old and outdated project process that NO ONE follows.
    (20-something years old project process. Five CEO has passed. No one pushed to update the process -As IBM did with Lou Gestner in the 80s)

    All the rest, but not less important:

    - Sales teams in RNAM promess delivery times that are not real, therefore the service teams are forced to work long hours for long months because lack of synch

    - Project Markets around telco HW is fastly moving to standard Java/web development, therefore small, cheaper service companies could build services faster, cheaper than Ericsson. THis creates a business pressure to justify Ericsson's project costs to the customer, And makling harder to change the "project always late" culture (work work work and you have to forget your life

    - Culture in RNAM US is like US, dynamic and American way (right to the point, sell, sell, sell, make-it happen no matter what - zero life balance GOOD for the business. Bad for the persona life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management is competent, but the cannot do so much. The fact "Internal process is an old and outdated project process that NO ONE follows" making every project (EVERY) a chaos culture is a responsibility of CEO and headquarters in Sweden. Reason? NorthAmerican telco market is 100% Ericsson = Money!

    Chaning the process implies to re-structure the company, which means costly money an dimpact in customer projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Ericsson-Worldwide Response

    Jun 22, 2014Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback and taking the time to write the reviews. We are constantly striving to improve our internal processes and make them faster and more reliable. As 40% or all world mobile ... More

  11.  

    Very bad company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    No work at all
    No need to learn new things

    Cons

    Its a service company
    Choose TCS CTS Infosys if you can as all of them are service based companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some good HR staffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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