Nokia Reviews

Updated May 6, 2015
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Pros
  • salary benefits work life balance (in 260 reviews)

  • Nice offices, flexible work environment (home/office) (in 119 reviews)

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  • Can be difficult to influence decision-making for all sites outside of HQ (in 52 reviews)

  • Senior management should be more responsive to market (in 35 reviews)

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  1. European company + great Benefits!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (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 Management

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


  2. Senior Software Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Nokia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High investment in R&D. Great place for scientists and engineers that want to patent their technology.

    Cons

    Software is just not a part of the company's DNA. Terrible place for scientists and engineers that do not want to patent their ideas.


  3. Overall good but down turn with Elop

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia full-time (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 Management

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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia full-time (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 Management

    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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia full-time (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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (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 Management

    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.


  8. Good company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (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 Management

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


  9. Good company - wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bloated middle management. Slow decision making.


  10. Great company with lots of variety in projects

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good company, with the best intentions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (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 Management

    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.



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