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Nokia Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,429 Reviews
3.8
1,429 Reviews
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Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri
Rajeev Suri
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, results matter most - no any control freaks in management (in 260 reviews)

  • Great work environment with very bright and talented colleagues (in 119 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow decision making, when something goes wrong noone takes the responsilbity (in 52 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch unless you have a supervisor or line manager title (in 35 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, great people, teams working together during crunch time, awesome facility, felt like a family

    Cons

    Strategy from the top is suspect, leadership stays in Finland so it's hard to get high ranking positions, seems the top management never gets removed when results aren't there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Nice people, shame about the plan

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Good Company to work for, very hard working leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company has good visions and strategies

    Cons

    Changes are too frequent, too quick. Its hard to keep up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very casual atmosphere, no sense of hierarchy. Very easy to work with everyone. Working within own team was rewarding. Good benefits, especially 401(k) match.

    Cons

    Pay was not the greatest, upper management at time totally clueless and made some very bad decisions that ultimately drove the devices business to Microsoft and massive lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Challenging Opportunities, good people, resourced

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Technology company with great work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great work life balance and job satisfaction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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