Nokia Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  • 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. The Best Large Company I have worked for in a 20 year career.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, Significant Work. Great Life/Work Balance Great Benefits. Nokia Really Cares for its Employees

    Cons

    Sometimes Management can appear out of touch as is the case in many large software organizations.

    Advice to Management

    As much as possible, allow decisions on product direction come from those that develop the product rather than from above.


  2. Good company, but no future for USA employees

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, global leader in telecom, good exposure to different technology and processes, decent training available

    Cons

    No future for USA employees, software quality suffers because global partners don't have good communication with all development teams and huge code churn with no controls, code architecture not designed well

    Advice to Management

    Re-think your current strategy - software quality is still suffering, Seems like your focus is on just buying as many competitors as possible, that's not going to win in the end with a disjointed and dysfunctional team remaining.


  3. Nokia review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has a long history of various products and finally decided to become a technology company in broadband technology gear. Pretty good people with diverse backgrounds from Nokia, Siemens and Motorola.

    Cons

    The company lays of its employees too frequently and considers them high cost center. The company keeps sending jobs to low cost centers in Poland and Philippines. As a result the morale of the employees is not that high.

    Advice to Management

    Since this is a European head quarters and the labor laws are very protective of employees don't find easy layoff targets in USA. You will decimate you business in North America.


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  5. OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We are doing some exciting things with newer technologies (although there is some support of older). Good work hours. The people seem decent. There's little pressure for a decent developer, but there's opportunity for challenging work.

    Cons

    It's a big corporation with all the nonsense that entails. Inflexible about hours and work from home (depending on the group). Some people have been damaged by big corporation management. I run into a lot of cynicism caused by that. But everyone who has ever worked a big corporation knows what I'm talking about.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work with prima donna engineers. If you engage their pride (and catch them before cynicism destroys them), they will work wonders for you. If you attempt to constrain them with ill-considered proclamations and general stupidity, you will ruin them. Also, stop looking for people that make everything their business (like you do). You need people who just want to focus on getting products out the door. That requires people who are willing to focus, and not people who stick their noses into everything around them.


  6. Left Nokia for better opportunity

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good technical crowd , great location by the river in Chicago downtown

    Cons

    Poor management, poor pay....pay remains nearby to where you started with.Less to no bonus. Less growth opportunities. People tend to move out if not provided proper pay and growth with time.

    Advice to Management

    Go get an MBA its useful. Hire resources when needed most. Don't suck up existing ones Keep up with industry trends


  7. Great Place to Learn Fast

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can take on as much as you can chew, no one will hold you back and tell you to stick to the division you were assigned. Fantastic telecommuting technology lets you work where and when you are at your most productive.

    Cons

    The learning curve is steep as the product - data - isn't as tangible or as easily understood as let's say, widgets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! It looks to me like management decisions are relatively transparent and hard work and talent is recognized.


  8. Technology company with great work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is focused on technology. Lots of learning opportunities. Great work/life balance. Lots of vacation.

    Cons

    Teams can be pretty siloed and priorities don't always align.


  9. Software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation package.

    Cons

    Politics. Company management has no vision.


  10. Nokia is consumer and quality focused

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunity to grow as a developer and learn from talented people. Great opportunity to work on high quality products that will connect millions of people to the internet, some for the first time. Work-life balance is excellent, opportunity for career growth is encouraged and fostered.

    Cons

    Slow transition to an Agile culture. In some cases could improve understanding of what users want out of products and services.


  11. Outstanding Culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company values and culture absolutely outstanding! Individual contributors groomed to become managers who are, in turn, groomed to become managers and ultimately leaders. Individuals are given great authority coupled with great responsibility. You are allowed to make decisions - but held accountable for them. Salary and benefits are comparable to any top company. Goals are clear and achievable.

    Cons

    Company is not financially stable, but is making headway to achieving this end through the selling of cellular business to MSFT.

    Advice to Management

    We've pulled a Lazarus and now is the time for re-leveling. CONTROLLED growth. CONTROLLED business plans.



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