Nokia
3.6 of 5 1,244 reviews
www.nokia.com Espoo, Finland 5000+ Employees

Nokia Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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65% Approve of the CEO

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri

Rajeev Suri

(20 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Excellent values within the company and good work /life balance can be achieved"
    in 203 reviews
  • "The people are very intelligent and friendly (for the most part); casual work environment"
    in 109 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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    Great People, Horrible Mid Management

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsDecent Pay
    Good Internal Opportunities
    Smart Engineers
    Senior Management is sharp
    Embracing Modern Cloud Computing
    Lots of Exciting Challenges
    Decent Project and Training Budgets

    ConsMapping Group is run like it's 1990s
    Mid level management is peppered with career politicians
    Projects start, and 75% of the time is spent in meetings discussing them, 20% planning work, and 5% is spent building the product. Inevitably the projects fail, and scapegoats are found.
    HR is in a time warp when it comes to modern skills and compensation details.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate almost all mid level managers, especially the (former) Product Management Org.
    Reevaluate HR Policies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompetitive pay, good working conditions

    ConsIt helps to know someone in the company

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Remarkable.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCommitted teams driving message and product.

    ConsLack of cohesive strategy and leadership; defining priorities; measuring performance against plan - instead of relationships and networking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress gaps in strategic thinking and leadership. Consider performance Vs. relationship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A comfortable work environment

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Burlington, MA

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

    ConsExpectations 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manufacturing worker at Ft Worth factory

    Operator (Former Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsTime off. Twelve hour shifts with three-four days off in a row. Clean work environment. Worked there from 1994-97.

    ConsMost employees had limited English language skills. Management preferred Vietnamese and Laotians over Americans. Having a degree was a disadvantage. Nepotism run wild.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOther than the ten year tax break, there are reasons Nokia's manufacturing in the US was substandard. They refused to utilize employee suggestions or standard quality control measures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience for a Summer Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat place to work, great people, great pay

    ConsSeems like there aren't many opportunities for interns to return to the company as full-time employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep innovating!

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    Work at Over the Air lab to measure the performance of antenna in the Nokia's handsets.

    Test Engineer (Former Employee)
    Irving, TX

    Pros- This is not only a fine opportunity, but this company is a place where my qualifications can make a difference, to gain more experience and grow professionally.

    ConsSpent to much money, need to cut down the travel when it is needed.
    Need to have products that make customers crazy therefore they will have the big profits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunities, environment, uncertainty

    Principal Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Pros- Great location in Chicago, convenient to public transit
    - The subject matter is really interesting and challenging
    - Well-maintained workplace in Chicago, free Keurig coffee, free gym, etc.
    - A lot of bright, motivated colleagues
    - Sale of Devices & Services rids us of unprofitable business units
    - Generous paid time off for long-time staff

    Cons- Rapidly changing industry; the company is betting the farm on products that may or may not succeed
    - Some key functions like HR Benefits are outsourced, and the providers are largely useless and unresponsive
    - A lot of ambiguity in software architecture: groups have can do what they want, but things don't always work together"
    - Incentive-bonus schemes have mostly been empty promises.

    Advice to Senior Management- There is a void without a chief technologist.
    - Don't overpromise bonuses: come up with a plan that works.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    on the upswing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prossalary benefits work life balance

    Conscurrent uncertainty on MS move

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, great benefits and great opportunities for those who land in the right group.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople are open, straightforward and friendly. There is a real sense of community when working there. The benefits package is pretty good as far as 401K and vacations go.

    ConsNo advancement or even lateral movement unless you are working in the right group.
    Low pay when compared to the market.
    The constant fear that you will lose your job in the next lay off and unfortunately there's always a next lay off.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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