Nokia Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
1,339 Reviews
3.8
1,339 Reviews
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Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent values within the company and good work /life balance can be achieved (in 208 reviews)

  • The people are very intelligent and friendly (for the most part); casual work environment (in 111 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wishful Thinking in Mobile Internet Services

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of respect from Finnish coworkers. Very collaborative yet direct and honest approach.

    Cons

    Lots of BS and ego from Silicon Valley acquisitions. Finnish Nokians mistook belligerent Silicon Valley overconfidence for experience and competence. Locals rose in management, and a year later the old-time Nokians realized they were reporting to ass-hats and incompetent lieutenants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out all the middle managers. Crack the whip on the acquired groups, they're just waiting for their retention bonuses. Infiltrate new groups with more old-time Nokians, and be ready to break up acquired management structures, even if they seem to work. They don't care about Nokia, they care about their bonuses and their next startup-IPO/Acquisition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No appreciation, no reward for hard work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia

    Pros

    The culture, people, work life balance, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Encouragement of diversity, internal promotion, personal growth, Leadership and communication is sorely lacking. The company seems to be controlled by a Human Resources department which doesn't emit any humanity. Motivation is low and the worry of lay-off is constantly overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees for success and reward those who work hard. "Bell curve" rewards are demotivators!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Was a great company to work for at the time

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Nokia culture is team work. Everyone works together and information is being shared with different teams. People move around depending on which project who is working on. The team works in the same area to make communication easier. People are great.

    Cons

    Nokia has been behind competition for sometime now. Things are not improving as much as we all have hoped for.
    Now medical insurance may not be the best. . .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Quality is an afterthought

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    They pay on time. Community trash cans are emptied daily. ATM installed this year on site has broken only once to my knowledge.

    Cons

    More interested in shipping on time than meeting customer requirements, so data is selectively collected in order to show a "pass" rather than reflect actual performance. The blame game is used to ensure that no one takes responsibility for their own faults. A new lower status quo is used for the next project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting Irving act like a fiefdom. There is no benefit to Nokia, it's inefficient, attrition will continue with replacements by fresh out Masters degrees that don't know anything. Personality driven orgs always crash and burn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Technical Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Offer a good 401K Match. Work life balance is fairly good with reasonably good health benefits. You get to work with experienced engineers.

    Cons

    There has not been much hiring recently, which makes career growth opportunities extremely slow and almost non-existent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineering  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineering in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable and work together atsmosphere

    Cons

    Hard to work for new technoloty until it is proven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take action agressively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good technical people, Sr management needs to articulate a long term strategy

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Global reach - you can have assignments around the world
    Compensation is competitive - bonus system (dependent on profitability) can be a nice perk

    Cons

    Lack of direction and accountability has been the culprit of Nokia - it is key for the "New Nokia" (w/o handset business) to fix these issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the past and manage risks properly - the company cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes it made while running the handset business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Senior IT architect for manufacturing, R&D and datacenters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible working hours. When job was done you could go for example see dentist

    Cons

    micromanagement and silos in the IT organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open up silos and take off magnifying glass

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nokia was one of the best companies I have ever been a part of

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia

    Pros

    The culture, the people, the values, all are exceptional.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent environment and people with new high tech challenges with every new product.

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great culture, work life balance and people that value their employees & customers. Perks often include using or access to latest technology in smart phones, and often international contacts and travel.

    Cons

    Career paths were often limited, pay & other benefits were not always as competitive as top tech companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better opportunities for career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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