Nokia Reviews

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

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

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    Forward Leaning

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    More individual decisions, less committees.


  2. Senior Software Architect

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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. Great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Management all over the map

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    I think it is too late


  6. Downturn for Nokia continues...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Used to be a good company

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  8. European company + great Benefits!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Great place ant good people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Burlington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  10. Good management

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good working cultrure
    work from home option

    Cons

    No adventure or new concepts to implement

    Advice to Management

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


  11. Awesome place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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