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Updated September 1, 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. Be very careful if you work for Nokia!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a cool phone to use

    Cons

    Company definitely supports their management staff, no matter how bad.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the behavior of your management staff. They do not encourage a work life balance and are oblivous to their subordinates' needs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Think twice if you have other options.

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nokia's security business is stable and thus layoffs are minimized. Overall Head Office policies are sound. Beautiful campus and a good cafeteria.

    Cons

    The security business in Mountain View is very poorly managed. The hostile relationship between Nokia (platform supplier) and Checkpoint (application supplier) allowed other companies to win business. The actual management in that organization is mediocre at best but they are very good at in-fighting especially between the Boston and California branches. Very juvenille. The company had a lot of issues integrating the security business into their overall business model. The marriage to Enterprise was questionable as there were few, if any, synergies. It really looked like a holding ground for people uninterested in challenging themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Implement serious HR reviews where the bottom 5-10% are removed yearly.


  3. No career growth oppotunity in Irving, but great if you are in Finland

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, great benefits. Fun/interesting technologies and products to work on.

    Cons

    Below average pay, no headcount growth thus no chance for advancement. The company focuses on retaining their Finish employees and they really don't care about their US employees. Constant threat of being offshored or jobs sent back to Finland. Schedules are unrealistic and you must work over time the whole year to make schedule. Five years ago, Nokia really focuses on work/life balance. Since 2006, in Irving, work/life balance went completely out the window. You get 4-5 weeks vacation (good) but can never take it due to constant schedule pressure (bad).

    Advice to Management

    Grow the Irving site, don't only focus on Finland. Give pay increases above 2 percent. Get the work/life balance you USED to have before 2006. Now the work/life balance is gone at Nokia in Irving.


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  5. OPK knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vacation package. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people before we lose more market share.


  6. Understand the cultures you impact

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader, decent benefit and compensation

    Cons

    Poor cultural understanding on part of Finns regarding working with Americans

    Advice to Management

    Put Americans in leadership positions in the US subsidiary. The Finns just don't understand how to work with and motivate Americans


  7. Helpful (1)

    employees are just head count

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the telecom technology is exciting

    Cons

    weak senior management treat employees as a cost, and believe fully replaceable in low cost countries US becoming an exNortel good old boy shop

    Advice to Management

    If you want business in the USA, then stop shipping all the jobs to low cost countries and start acting like a good US corporate citizen.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not recommended

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good time off. Good work life balance. Good 401K match.

    Cons

    Nokia is on a path for failure. Hopefully the new CEO can make a difference, but the rest of the upper management are completely clueless. Software competence is almost zero. No accountability, so teams that failure continue to do so over and over and over.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the bureacracy. There are layers and layers and layers of middle management. Also start holding people accountable and show them the door after repeated failures.


  9. Started great but core Nokians didn't accept new people.

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great corporate culture caring for employees. Took care of employees but it was disconnected all over the organization. Very frustrating at times.

    Cons

    A rudderless ship and no backbone in middle management. Weak generic players all over the place. Very clubby, especially if you were outside the club. No downside for failing.

    Advice to Management

    Nokia is finally changing its direction in the face of certain death. Nokians who felt this way before were accused of not getting it.


  10. Company needs to be lean and fast

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Pay is ok but total compensation is not great. You can learn of lot of things that you should not do at other places

    Cons

    No career growth in US. Also Manager is not very supportive of personal growth. Even SVPs do not have a clue of strategy. Nokia tries to balance with total compensation and with the current company results the bonus payout is pitiful.

    Advice to Management

    focus on strategy. 2012 will be make or break for the company


  11. Helpful (1)

    Difficult career unless a Fin and male.

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    Current Employee - IT Security Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - IT Security Manager in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Flexible schedule to work

    Cons

    Not invented here mentality of Finish centric. Myopic and stubborn old school management

    Advice to Management

    New non Finnish blood needed. Move away from Finland



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