Nokia Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
1,343 Reviews
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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.  

    Great people-wise, poor commercial decisions

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great bunch of talented but genuinely nice people, mutually supportive and understanding of work life balance. Great technology - until overtaken by slicker rivals.

    Cons

    Gradual loss of faith in overall company strategy which stated with complacency in mid 00's and culminated in Nokia losing number 1 position and starting to sink quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and allow in someone who knows what to do.

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

    Excellent company, positive work enviroment

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    Current Employee - Demmand Planner  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Demmand Planner in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, in terms of salary

    Cons

    Not work-life balance, too much work

    Recommends
  3.  

    Good engineers but managed by bad managers from US.

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great team, and good company benefits. Fun office and good social after work. Lots of tech to play with and learn about.

    Cons

    Lack of training. if they couldn't see you in office mgmt. thought you were not working, so no home/flexible working in UK. On-call duty but was paid very well for it. All team got made redundant and work moved to US by VP of division.

    Also US Mgmt were bad, had no leadership skills, they did not know how to deal with people 1-2-1. Also they had no idea about EU HR rules even after being told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick better managers. Emphasise the soft skills.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for, although suffered from poor leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great values, culture, respect for the individual, etc. Very flexible working environment, as long as the required deliverables are met on time. Good compensation and other benefits. Plenty of opportunities to develop through training. Great teams & colleagues. A very pleasant working environment.

    Cons

    Lack of promotional prospects, although better if you are based in Finland. Job grading scheme is a mess & does not necessarily reflect abilities. Younger 20's - 30's persons with minimal experience being promoted to senior manager roles too quickly, while some older persons with far, far greater experience are overlooked. Very poor strategy, leadership & a great deal of complacency by previous boards almost destroyed it & caused tens of thousands to lose their jobs. Should have risen to the challenge of Apple, but instead some egos got in the way!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Goodbye old friend

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Culture, People, Improved products, Great Parties

    Cons

    Downsizing, Political nastiness, In-crowd, Partner disdain, Negative atmosphere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Arrogant, Political, and Ignorant culture - Nokia still doesn't get it

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager (Non-technical)  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager (Non-technical) in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Compensation & Benefits.

    Training & Development.

    Developing more hardware, albeit late to market.

    Cons

    Unrealistic leadership expectations, ignorance of the market, especially in core functions e.g. leadership, marketing and finance.

    Highly political culture, predominantly one of management by fear. Still needs a good clear out of the arrogant and clueless old-guard leaders - some of whom seem to be un-flushable despite failures.

    Unhealthy culture of OS partner distain and inability to drive its' own future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and act upon the market.

    Clear-out the political senior MLT members - hold failures to account, and reward successes fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Huge potential, poor execution.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great network building. Smart people. Great products and variety of work. Great to leave- ie they treat leaving employees better than current, as measured by their severance packages. Great for references and benefits. In the UK full car allowance plus fuel card!, Great offices, great locations. Great travel perks. Comp quite good.

    Cons

    Super bureaucratic, 3 teams working on competing things to you, doesn't bode for effectively building a company. All the managers manage upwards, not downwards. In denial for so long about the market, led to losing ground and face.

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

    Bye bye Nokia

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nokia full-time

    Pros

    Respect for work/life balance. Relatively good pay. Good redundancy packages.

    Cons

    Extremely internally focused. Bad business outlook. No career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop re-orgining and keep your eye on what's happening in the market, be less internally focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    OOne ne fkcxvc;

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    Former Employee - RF Engineer  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - One of the best employee development programs
    - Management takes care of it's employees overall needs and updates on project milestones and industry happenings
    - Benefits are very good including free mobile phone and sim contract
    - Every effort is made to reach an overall consensus on any major project task or change

    Cons

    Cannot really think of any but there is one thing, being such a large company there are were a lot of middle management layers not really needed. Also, you are more or less given one single specific part of an overall project through out the product life cycle thus sometimes reducing your visibility and overall skill set.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nokia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highly capable engineering workforce, both software and hardware. Highly valuable technology, had a great market share and lots of potential.

    Cons

    Management incompetency, and a lack of ability to change direction and speed of innovation. Too many reorganisations had made the organisation numb to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the old wood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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