Nokia Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
1,378 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, results matter most - no any control freaks in management (in 252 reviews)

  • Great work environment with very bright and talented colleagues (in 117 reviews)


Cons
  • Earlier the organization was too deep and there were too unclear decision making process (in 50 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch unless you have a supervisor or line manager title (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place to work but poor strategic decision making by senior management

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with very bright and talented colleagues. Exciting industry making tangible products that you can later see advertised on TV and in the hands of consumers.

    Cons

    Senior management made a series of poor strategic decisions like adopting touch screen Smartphones too late, launching a true Smartphone OS years after competitors, and then betting exclusively on Windows Phone instead of implementing a more risk diverse approach like Samsung and others by supporting Android and WP concurrently. The result is known and after Microsoft bought what remained of the device units of Nokia, they decided to lay off 18k employees and dismantle what once was a thriving Finish cell phone maker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to avoid strategic myopia, i.e. get blinded by past success. Be more sensitive to weak signals in the market that represent opportunities and threats to the company. Find ways to make Windows Phone more sexy and create greater consumer appeal. Everyone wants the iPhone 6. It's sold out everywhere, even though the technology they bring is nothing new compared to recent Samsung products for example. How can Windows Phone become more desirable, like Nokia once was? How can you win back the coolness factor?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging Opportunities, good people, resourced

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Solid band. Challenging, fast paced environment. Good people to collaborate with. Competitive Salary. Progressive marketing organization using and testing new tactics. Strong research group collaborating with marketing.

    Cons

    High rate of travel, often unnecessary, but general feeling was you had to "be in the room" or decisions would be made around you. Poor executive management of the US Market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customer. Build what they need.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great company, leadership just didn't have the right vision

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Nokia seemed to have the best intentions for their employees. Good work/life balance, great benefits, and a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Not really any cons other than when they were not keeping up in the smartphone era, continual cost cutting and squeezing of budgets really hurt the moral at times. Now, with the phone division sold to Microsoft, the rest of Nokia seems to be doing well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work life balance and job satisfaction

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    The work life balance at Nokia is unparalleled. Distinctive European culture and amazing benefits

    Cons

    The company has a vision for innovation but lacks the resources to implement, making it very frustrating as an employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience and great place to work

    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Nokia was a great place to work. Employees were treated great and given all the tools to learn and grow.

    Cons

    With the purchase by Microsoft things will begin to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the culture and innovation but market the capabilities for the average person

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation package.

    Cons

    Politics. Company management has no vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice people, shame about the plan

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Nokia full-time

    Pros

    Great people, motivated, passionate. Good work life balance in theory (lots of trips to FInland). Vacation etc was good.

    Cons

    Failure to deal with market situation had the company in a doom loop. The annual summer re-org got old very quickly. American HR practices felt weird in a European company ethos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell to Microsoft.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington Heights, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington Heights, IL

    I have been working at Nokia part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are able to work from home anytime.

    Cons

    There is not much room for personal growth for women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lesson on how not to compete in the tech world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. There are so few tech companies (particularly global corporations) that care enough about their employees home life as to encourage weekends off. 401K matching was terrific as well and the medical/dental benefits were top rate until the last year. Working with the latest in wireless technologies, software and test equipment. Great co-workers whom not only know and ply their trade effectively but couldn't care less about office politics..

    Cons

    Decisions by upper management and executives... yes, this is gripe often heard in the corporate world. However, when you go from one "burning platform" and jump head long into another "burning platform" (ie Windows Phone) it became a more steady decline. The Metro UI of Windows 7 and 8 is unique, but hardly a favorite among mobile phone users. The early death of the Microsoft Kin mobile phone should have rang alarm bells.... not to mention the fact that Windows 7 devices couldn't be upgraded to 8, and the lack of apps (which should have been tackled early on)..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm going to miss working for Nokia and I hate having to part with a company I cared about. I know Satya is very competent in software and the cloud computing environment. However Microsoft now holds the keys to Nokia's mobile department and it doesn't look good. People do not buy smart phones due to productivity, but for all the capabilities the handset have to offer - like apps, videos, media (camera/video), music, messaging, social networking, etc.... if these features are lacking, or are subpar experiences, the devices will not sell. Windows became successful first through productivity, but then grew to be a dominate player by appealing to the masses with a user friendly UI in Windows 95 and bundling web browsers, media players, access to the largest software libraries available to any computer. Now those experiences can be found on Mobile devices with the Google Android and Apple iOS software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place ant good people

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    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Burlington, MA

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

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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