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Nokia Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
1,315 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    work life balance is there.
    Flexible working hours possibility
    salary as per industry standards
    team culture

    Cons

    not performing well now a days because of competition specifically in US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be highly tested for better user experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company that values employees personal issues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    Nokia tries to stay very current. They are also a very global company. You will learn things about markets in other parts of the world that you did not think about before.

    They respect their employees, and provide nice features in the buildings and benefits that they offer. Very considerate of employees.

    Finland is great; if you get a chance to go there on a business trip - TAKE IT!

    Cons

    The effect of aligning too closely with Microsoft meant the end of many promising products that went in other directions. Too bad, since in high tech you really need to keep many future options available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stimulating company with a great ethic but ultimately not paranoid enough to hold their #1 worldwide mobility position.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Emerging Opportunities  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Emerging Opportunities in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    A truly global company that understands the local needs of almost every country in the world.

    Cons

    Blind spots about competition with a culture of caution and "no".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split the company into 3 logical units: US, Europe, ROW.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice chilled out atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    If you're self driven you can learn a lot

    Cons

    Big company syndrome. Lots of processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A comfortable work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    Nice offices, flexible work environment (home/office). Expectations for performance are fairly low.

    Cons

    Expectations for performance are fairly low. Maybe I've worked in too many small companies but Nokia felt like a retirement home.

    The work environment was fairly chaotic, with changes in product priorities and direction seemly happening weekly. Upper management was in turmoil and the ripples were felt throughout the organization.

    Lots of deadwood sitting in cubicles marking their time. As someone else mentioned: there are frequent re-organizations and layoffs. The good people leave, the people who can't get jobs elsewhere tend to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A very people oriented company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    Pros

    Benefits and salary are amazing, great work/life balance , they are flexible and care about their workers.

    Cons

    Layoffs are the norm, and while the good people quickly find new work, the poor performers wait it out and re-apply and stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you do layoffs, try to keep the good people. What we all see happening is that the best people leave and the poorest performers re-apply and stay on. It's very political who stays and goes and not at all based on performance or knowledge or capabilities. In my opinion, that's a recipe for disaster.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Easy working conditions but you are playing the Layoff lottery

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Some smart people who stuck it out through the layoffs
    Some good technology
    Excellent work/life benefits (Some people take 1 month off every year - yes this is the USA)

    Cons

    Low morale
    A lot of slackers showing up at 10am and leaving at 4pm
    After the years of layoffs (past and ongoing) the only people who will take a chance to come to work for us are either recent graduates looking for ANY opportunity or executives (with large golden parachutes)
    Now even the "safe" Here division continues to do layoffs for a team they JUST ramped. Very disconcerting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go on a hiring spree - and then 2 weeks later RIF people. It makes you look bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall good but down turn with Elop

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    Former Employee - User Experience  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience in Boston, MA

    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
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

    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
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Boston, MA

    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

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