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Alcatel-Lucent Chicago Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  1. "software QA intern"

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    more of scripting and friendly team leader and co-workers. scope to learn lot knowledge

    Cons

    nothing much. more of pros and nothing to learn it was good experience and happy to work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be, that is for sure"

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the greatest minds I have ever met worked here

    Cons

    Company mis-management has resulted in a constant stream of downsizing since 2001, to many of those greatest minds I ever worked with have been let go.

  3. "Great people at ALU"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun technical work; great people to work with

    Cons

    no clear direction; often feel like spinning wheels

    Advice to Management

    work with people with vision and support them.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment, Global business, Opportunities to grow career in different technologies. Strong commitment to diversity and cultural awareness. Training opportunities.

    Cons

    When I was there, I experienced continual financial pressure to increase earnings, amidst layoffs and cost cutting. A difficult environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long term growth and not on quarterly stock results. Re-invest in Research and Development, and take risks to position company for long range success.


  5. "Customer Technical Advocate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carol Stream, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carol Stream, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Customers are demanding, but reasonable. Peers are helpful, respectful, hard working, and professional. Management was respectful and shared company business status. Teams were dedicated to overall success. They expect staff to continually improve so there are opportunities for growth and learning.

    Cons

    The company was always struggling financially so compensation suffered as a result. Also there were some downsizing, but mostly in other areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to better manage the business to improve profitability for the long term. The company has a lot of talent, but needs to ensure its focused on profitable businesses. Also the top executives need to find a way to encourage more cooperation and teamwork between the various business units.


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    "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    education system, ability to change careers, high tech, great customers

    Cons

    weak executive team, lot's of questionable contracts with conflicts of interest,


  7. "Project Managenent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits package

    Cons

    Lots of politics to deal with

  8. "DBA"

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good cultural environment, good compensation and benefits, variety of technologies and opportunities to learn the new things. while the business hours are fixed the management team allows for the flexibility and remote work as a benefit of 24/7 engagement.

    Cons

    very conservative approach to the database administration and the monitoring tools set, lots of proprietary solutions in favor of the commonly used by the industry. It turns out into the decent amount of the hours spend on the routine tasks/requests that could've been automated or done way faster otherwise. The "best "practices" is a vary loose term usually based on the experience of the different people in the team.

    Advice to Management

    go with the industry on replacing the proprietary solution and starting to use the common monitoring and administration tool sets, organize and standardize the best practices to streamline the deployment and maintenance processes.


  9. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good projects running with reasonable autonomy and expectations.

    Cons

    Contractors are disposable and they don't give a lot of warning either way about contract extensions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very good experience"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcatel-Lucent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ALU team was great. Good hands-on experience. Very good work environment. Work on New technologies and products. Great peers to work with.

    Cons

    Despite having good products, company performance was always below par. Management doesn't concentrate on employees long-term and short-term career plans.


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