Nokia Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially 401k match and bonuses. Nokia is also very good about supporting continuing education.

    Cons

    A lot of the employees were on the older side, making it less fun for younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Forward Leaning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Manager in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Manager in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A true European Company, working for Nokia was an honor. WHen I started, Nokia was on top of the mobile world and doing the hard work of competing with Apple on their turf. We had a lot of fun and worked hard.

    Cons

    Management could never catch up. The Finnish style of management was too bloated and slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More individual decisions, less committees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Management all over the map

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Used to be a strong brand, technology was solid

    Cons

    Management lost site that it still needed to compete to be the biggest and best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it is too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Downturn for Nokia continues...

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Amazing European culture, benefits, great offices in Cambridge and Burlington, generous 401K plan. Smart, professional employees.

    Cons

    Too many changes. Looses in the market due to lack of vision and commitment. Focuses more on saving money rather than winning in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company need to understand what it stands for. It tries to go into too many directions, changes directions too often and looses in the market because it is clueless about what it needs to do to win. Needs to improve on marketing, business insight and execution/project commitments to become relevant again. Need to not to be afraid to think big and make big bets.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. Used to be a good company

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    working with a diverse bunch of people. Top talent, nice benefits

    Cons

    always on the edge of your seat waiting for the next re-org

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest about upcoming changes and reorgs. I worked for alot of the managers there and all have been extremely bright and all in all excellent at what they do. I would work for them again

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place ant good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, nice location. This is a place where experimenting with new technologies was encouraged and rewarded.

    Cons

    Senior management is either incompetent or acting against the company's interest. It's sad to see all devices business to go to Microsoft

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. European company + great Benefits!

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    • 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 (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
  9. Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    You get paid very well if you know you stuff. No or very little politics.
    Excellent work-life balance and respect for what you do.

    Cons

    Company has been unstable for 4-5 years now and trying to turn the direction to regain image and profits.
    As a results there are constant re-shuffling and lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your act together fast before you lose all your talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analytic Developer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Analytic Developer in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good working cultrure
    work from home option

    Cons

    No adventure or new concepts to implement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow new ideas to be implemented even if the employee is at junior level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 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

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

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