Nokia Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
1,379 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, results matter most - no any control freaks in management (in 252 reviews)

  • Great work environment with very bright and talented colleagues (in 117 reviews)


Cons
  • Earlier the organization was too deep and there were too unclear decision making process (in 50 reviews)

  • Senior management is out of touch unless you have a supervisor or line manager title (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    awesome company to work for. Recomended.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice salary.
    Depending the country, medium to high benefits like parking, doctor, massages in the office, food card, free snacks and drinks, work from home...
    Company values are perfect.
    Work life balance is real, many companies should learn.

    Cons

    Difficult to move to different country. If you want to change your job to other country it´s really difficult.
    Internal movements are possible but you have to know someone in other country to make it easier.
    Depending on the job position, you will be overloaded of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    educational

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    travel the world, supported by team, opportunity to learn tech.

    Cons

    silo culture
    slow to embrace change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop employees via training to expand knowledge base

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nokia Symbian

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Architect in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nokia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good package, work from home

    Cons

    Difficult environment with people not trusting new comers at all, especially on Finnish side.
    Useless politics that swamped the company and later sank it.
    Change of CTO was a joke. CEO was (in the end confirmed) a Microsoft Trojan horse.

    They created and destroyed Symbian in a matter of a few years.

    It was obvious, with evidence by top senior management, that they worked against Symbian for some years.
    They shoot on their feet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, in terms of salary

    Cons

    Not work-life balance, too much work

    Recommends
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    Huge potential, poor execution.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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