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Nokia Reviews in Tampere

Updated March 5, 2014
Updated March 5, 2014
1,318 Reviews

3.7
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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.  

    Best multimedia stack in the industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    At the time, Nokia was at the helm of the smartphone era. Maemo (or meego) was the new flagship. Symbian was not doing too bad. Nokia till date has the best multimedia stack out there. Point and case is Pure-view, deep integration into Video and Voice calling, Nokia home network (UPnP based)

    Cons

    Not sticking to a platform. Symbian->Maemo->Meego->Windows...?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Old habits die hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    Fun to play with new toys before they get to market. Sodexho restaurants have more than one lunch food to choose. Garage has a roof.

    Cons

    Nobody wants to buy the toys that are put to the market. Sodexo food tastes not so good. The garage floors with a roof are always booked when I go to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mo' money...

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

    Nokia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Manager  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    company feels responsible for employees (pre-Elop aera)
    Gerat place to work. Lot of possibilities
    Agile company. Willing to do changes

    Cons

    company went up and down for a long period of time
    Not enough focused
    Sometimes too slow, sometimes too radical (like betting on Windows only and killing all plan B's).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more; work closer with customers.
    More trust in capabilities
    Don't do such radical changes without a plan B.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    senior User Experience Researcher

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Researcher  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Researcher in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    creativity, team spirit, good atmosphere...

    Cons

    bad salaries, bad decisions making in upper managment, not young enought talented people,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    good for hardware band for long term projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Manager  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    Innovative products, good colleagues, international atmosphere

    Cons

    Heavy bureacracy, quick to fire people, constant re-organization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place to learn and get taught

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    Extra holiday weeks. In addition to the normal 4 weeks of summer holiday, you can exchange part of your extra holiday salary to two weeks of additional holiday.

    Cons

    The best workers have "left" already. The company values do not mean anything in day to day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Waiting for the interesting memoires of the current and previous CEOs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    12 years experience in IT and testing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    International company with great colleagues. Good opportunities especially if you have a good and supporting manager.

    Cons

    Layoffs happening very often and people dont have possibility to heal from previous layoff before next one is happening again. That is making people sick at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earlier Nokia was people orientated company and employees felt appreciated. People are anymore just numbers. There are great talents in company, but same or similar people are chosen for higher management positions and management style should change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with great history but not for now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    Enormous opportunity to find interesting tasks

    Cons

    But company in doldrums not good for software engineers atleast for now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all the best!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Dilbert works in Nokia

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Concept Owner  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Current Employee - Concept Owner in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    Still doing very well compared to competitors, no need to worry about loosing job if you do your job decently. Excellent place to work if you don't have family.

    Cons

    Nokia has a top class HR that really knows how to use stick and carrot. Disconnecting families. No salary rises even if Job Grade is rising. Really unmotivating place to work for any innovative person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation can not be forced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company at heart, but the amount of middle management is like a dragging anchor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampere (Finland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampere (Finland)

    Pros

    Good benefits with health care (on site medical clinics), Performance shares, bonus (18.5% THEORY), car allowance, home working, free home office internet connection, good vacation allowance and free phones :)

    Excellent work/life balance in Finland, although this is changing, pressure to work longer is increasing
    Month off in summer (4 weeks)

    Good career opportunities, interesting work, networking get things done!

    Possibility to move sideways to new areas to take on new challenges. Opportunity to move to locations around the world.

    Multicultural teams, you really get to know how to work with different cultures (although management style is Finnish :)

    Cons

    People are caring less about the company. Too many failed promises and personal level disappointments. See the media for the walkouts last year in Finland. Morale is low, productivity is decreasing.

    As the company shuts down in July (holidays) we employ students to make it look like there are people still working in the office :)
    More and more external/temporary workers, who are later employed with tiny salaries.

    Bonus tied to company success. If the company does bad, no bonus (€2bn profit in a quarter can still be classed as bad apparently) Company does well, small bonus as the "complex and hidden" calculation method spits out small numbers...maybe there is a mistake in the code ;)

    Large. A lot of re-organizations, a lot of middle managers

    TOO MANY managers with teams of 3 or less people. There is absolutely no point in this. In some groups there are 70% managers!!! That leaves 3 people doing, with 7 people telling them what and when.

    SLOW decisions, SAFE decisions.

    Innovation is touted, but we focus on non value added technology, rather than focusing on enhancing the total user experience (Fastest 3g download, but clunky browser, 5mp camera, but take too long to start up etc etc) We have no idea of the total user experience, as its split into 15 different teams with 15 different managers with 15 different personal incentive targets.

    People live by the IIP (Individual incentive plan) "its not in my IIP so I cant work on it" is pretty common.

    Reports. Because the company structure is so flat, with networking the way to get things done, you end up dotted line reporting to a lot of people. You are always trying to persuade people to do work for you as the do-ers are in other teams!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the morale. Its low for a reason.
    People are not happy with having 3 managers tell them how to do things.
    Creating new entities within the company without any planning, will always lead to chaos.

    Approves of CEO

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