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Nokia Reviews in Germany

Updated Mar 10, 2014
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3.1 31 reviews

                             

28% Approve of the CEO

Nokia Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa

Risto Siilasmaa

(18 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I have been working at Nokia

ProsNice Products, Cool People to work,

ConsStrategy was missing, Big and slow company

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

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A big company with the right basics

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Berlin (Germany)

I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 8 years

ProsA large company provides a lot of opportunities and talents to learn from. At least used to be on edge of the development, so could see a lot of new things. Supports people well, and their individual targets. Treats people equally.

ConsThe other side of the big company is that it moves slowly sometimes and driving the change can be complex due to unstructured ownership and organization.

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

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Berlin (Germany)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- minor time pressure
- good colleagues
- flexibility: you can work on your own projects

Cons- too many people in some projects

Advice to Senior Management- listen more to the engineers

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

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Great Company to work for. Openness towards many different types of people. Good atmosphere, and cooperative culture.

Head of MP Programs (Current Employee)
Berlin (Germany)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVariety of people and cultures.

ConsBit stiff at times, and at times slow at making decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive people full accountability - responsibility for success and failure. Let people fail to help them learn. It is better than meddling and micromanaging, and a lot faster too.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A big disappointment

Senior Visual Designer (Current Employee)
Berlin (Germany)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNokia in Berlin has a very international culture although. It also has some interesting projects to offer.

ConsThere are so many re-orgs, basically one every 3 or 4 months. No clear direction on anything, neither from top management, nor from managers or within the teams.
No clear responsibilities. No clear career paths. Often there's simply no way to grow.
Stepping up and trying to change things for the better is usually punished, so that people simply give up after some time. Lots of lazy people, who already gave up trying to change things. Only the people remain, who enjoy a good 'work life balance' environment - everybody else is leaving.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave a clear idea of what you actually want.

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

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Good environment, not too challenging though

Program Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Flexible work hours
- International exposure
- Cool products

Cons- Bureucracy & political environment

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

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Great company to work for

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Berlin (Germany)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNether getting bored with great teams facing real hands on challenges a the same time combined with flexible working environment and proper work / life balance.

Consconstant changes and insecurity caused by market situation ( hopefully should be improving soon), slighly missing career growth oportunites.

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

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Good experience overall

Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Berlin (Germany)

I worked at Nokia full-time for more than a year

ProsMostly very friendly people
Good line managers
Relaxed working conditions

ConsFelt like a very small wheel in a big machine
Nothing really innovative happening there

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewards for mediocrity

Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Very social, very european.
- Decent work/life balance.
- Above average benefits.
- Nice workplace atmosphere.
- HR is generally on your side.

Cons- Bonuses are paid independent of actual performance.
- There is no consequences for not doing your job.
- Speaking up about competency issues is not appreciated (be nice to everyone policy)
- It's embarrassing to say you work for Nokia, because the portfolio is pathetic.
- Senior management is agnostic to what the company actually produces.
- Every new project is an internal politics game rather than an external market game.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpenly admin failure and leave.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Invent the future today

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Berlin (Germany)

I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Work with bleeding edge technologies.
- Results of your work are used by millions of people and are changing the world.
- Friendly and inspiring atmosphere - a lot of very smart guys are around and willing to help.
- Located in the center of one of the best European cities to live in - Berlin!
- Company is helping a lot with relocation to non-German employees.

Cons- Lack of technical competence in middle-level management and sometimes this can cause either unclear goals or even a promotion of some stupid solution just because "the boss wants it that way".
- Bureaucracy slows down some of processes.
- It's not easy to fire employees because of German laws, that's why you can find a person who is not too smart (and sometimes even harmful) but still gets a salary.

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

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