Nokia Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, results matter most - no any control freaks in management (in 232 reviews)

  • Nice offices, flexible work environment (home/office) (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • As most of large companies, decision making at Nokia can take long (in 47 reviews)

  • There are so many re-orgs, basically one every 3 or 4 months (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - Specialist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Nokia full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lesson on how not to compete in the tech world

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    They were great company, but after Microsoft purchased Nokia. I don't see any vision.

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Fair salary, so many talented people, great team work

    Cons

    Poor/slow decision making by management, that is why Nokia lost so much market share. Now they were bought by MSFT. Hope they are doing well, but MSFT had a big lay off. I don't know what they are going to do, similar to Google/Motorola???

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, Good people. A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - RF Test Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - RF Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Working at Nokia I've seen a lot of innovation introduced to the Mobile phone industry. It made me proud to work there. The people are great and you can do practically anything you set your mind to. The tricky part is getting people/teams to cooperate. Nokia had a very relaxed personal time policy. Very few "hard butts" or "j-erks" in management overall in the San Diego site. A very good experience for 11 years.

    Cons

    RE-org's happened at least once a year. Mandatory work tools changed about the same frequency. Few projects came completely out of San Diego, most were collaborations with Finland teams. Bonuses were like an oasis in the desert. They were also based on un-achievable goals.
    Being absorbed by Microsoft is/was a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to Management right now. I'm way to mad at Senior Management. They killed Nokia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best company to work for

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    Current Employee - Platform Test Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Platform Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Nokia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance. good People.

    Cons

    Lots of management level politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Respect all employee and very friendly working environment

    Cons

    Position changed to being challenger in smart phone market from the largest mobile phone manufacturer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company for working

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, results matter most - no any control freaks in management. Good Work/Life Balance and flexible working hours

    Cons

    It is now all about making money and no longer about having a good work-life-balance. They have cut everything just by taking the name of cost cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decision made by leadership team was clearly wrong. Hope to make correct decision and take action as quickly as possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hardware Product Development Manager

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

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very talented and great people to work with. Programs have enough resources to get the job done. Great work/life balance. The on-site gym was great.

    Cons

    Senior leadership struggled with product definition. They made large bets on risky technology that didn't pay off.
    Very little opportunity for professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what sells.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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