Nokia Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Excellent values within the company and good work /life balance can be achieved (in 208 reviews)

  • The people are very intelligent and friendly (for the most part); casual work environment (in 111 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes it's hard to drive results because to much politics is involved in decision-making (in 45 reviews)

  • There are so many re-orgs, basically one every 3 or 4 months (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    European company + great Benefits!

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, and there is an annual bonus.
    Culture is very "European" (= good work/life balance).
    Not certain about career opportunities -

    Benefits:
    - 100% 401k match on up to 8% of your salary
    - Good choice of medical plans
    - Up to 30 days (6 weeks!) PTO
    - 2 additional (paid) days of community service per year
    - 10 additional days to take care of your family if someone is sick/injured

    Cons

    Uncertain future after the dramatic change of direction - no more cellphones.
    Also, lots of changes in Top Management.
    The company now has very diverse divisions:
    - Nokia Networks
    - Here (ex Navteq)
    - IP (milking patents)

    Who knows how this will end...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it would be best to split up the company again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good but down turn with Elop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience in Boston, MA

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Finnish culture is amazing. Collaborative and family life balance.

    Cons

    Elop drove the company into the ground with the Burning Platform speech the rest is history

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the old ways of business quality and focusing on customer feedback and needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work unil 2009, then just a waste of time

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A company that once had great values and an inspiring working environment.

    Cons

    Until the end of 2009 Nokia was an exciting and inspiring place to work in. People were passionate about their jobs. But then the iPhone market disruption kicked in and the management kept ignoring it. As a result profits and sales volumes fell. Reorgs were constant, people were treated bad and nobody did any work whatsoever, people waited for things to get in order again and normal work to resume. Then came new CEO Elop who dropped the bomb and the company was in a downward spiral until sold for peanuts. All was lost. A shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your Jim Collins:
    Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success
    Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More
    Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril
    Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
    Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company overall...however might have bit off more than it can chew

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Talented individuals who worked together strongly as a team

    Cons

    Lack of direction in certain cases by upper management; poor to downright awful top-down communication in many instances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to look closer, listen harder and communicate more effectively with those under your charge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to advance a career and gain valuable skills, but ultimately lacking in needed speed and agility.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, generous 401k match, great teams, and some exciting projects with a tremendous potential audience reach.

    Cons

    The company suffers from excessive red tape, duplication of efforts, too many cooks in the kitchen, and one hand not talking to the other. This slows down the product cycle and ultimately makes the company less competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to deliver and let them do so. The vast majority of them are creative, talented, driven, and eager to get solutions out the door to customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Innovative technology, good benefits, provide you trainings needed

    Cons

    management culture is bad, there is a big gap between management and engineer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut middle and lower management, cut product management, program management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company - wrong direction

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, interesting projects with lot's of flexibility.

    Cons

    Bloated middle management. Slow decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with lots of variety in projects

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

    I have been working at Nokia full-time

    Pros

    Work with great people. Project teams have a lot of control over the tools and processes that they want to use. Global experience.

    Cons

    Health of the company is not very good at the time of this review.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, with the best intentions

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

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

    Pros

    Good Work-Life Balance. Great people and company treats them well. Some interesting projects. Great global company, that cares about people and the environment (manufactures phones cleaning as possible).

    Cons

    Large company, so things take time to get done. The past two years (and the next) wil have lots of reorganizations, with reduction in staff, to save costs and stream line projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the moral up. When you reorg with reductions - continue the practice of caring for your employees, like you are currently doing (assistance with job search, fair packages, enough notice for families to adjust). We understand the business need to streamline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A risky environment for jobs

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

    I have been working at Nokia full-time

    Pros

    Good company ethics, good benefits.

    Cons

    lots of reorgs going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better planning is needed to sustain what is currently left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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