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Updated January 16, 2018
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  1. "PLM Director"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Program Director in Murray Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology leader, with a long track record of delivering market leading products. Leadership cares about employees but too many people trying to make decisions that shouldn’t take that so long or that many people.

    Cons

    Tough market market conditions to operate in and competition is increasing forcing the company to reduce workforce despite of having great people.

    Advice to Management

    Right size the business once and for all instead of small reductions every Thursday over an extended period as it is difficult on employees.


  2. "Software Quality Assurance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    Learned white box and black box testing and automation.

    Cons

    No major cons found while working for this company

  3. "Great technology, rough market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    Amazing innovations drawing from research. Scale to implement complex solutions for large service providers. Highly effective cross-border and cross organizations teams

    Cons

    Continuous reorganization to size organization to compete effectively leads to disruptions.

    Advice to Management

    Execute restructuring as quickly as possible. Focus efforts on developing and marketing innovations. Make risk bets and properly fund the whole ecosystem to enable a potential success path.


  4. "bad culture"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Murray Hill, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice coworkers. relaxed environment. good location. decent compensation

    Cons

    poorly run, bad top management. Losing market share

    Advice to Management

    change the board please


  5. "Power engineer"

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    Former Employee - Sustainable Power Engineer for Telecommunications in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sustainable Power Engineer for Telecommunications in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management is flexible if you have to take care of personal issues and will allow you to make up those hours

    Cons

    Lack of career growth. This maybe due to the fact that the Telecommunications industry is shrinking. Management has to figure out how to keep the jobs challenging

    Advice to Management

    Provide a viable career path


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    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good benefits
    Some great technical knowledge within the MTS ranks

    Cons

    The company is truly run out of Europe (same since Nokia bought it). The US divisions generally pulled in great margins, but it always seemed easier to cut cost (people) from the US to meet global numbers.
    Lack of strategic vision.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want the company to do well, then invest in it. Constantly chasing numbers in a shrinking market is a recipe for failure


  7. "Great benefits, work environment"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working here, is convenient to where I lived and the work environment was good most of the time. If you put in an honest day's work, you will get what you need from this company.

    Cons

    If you feel there are cons, you should find somewhere else to work.

    Advice to Management

    more flexibility in work schedule

  8. "Great work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    Lot to learn if you are on one of the teams working in LTE.

    Cons

    Not much to explore if you are one of the teams in WCDMA or EDGE


  9. "Management Competency - Technical vs Financial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    1. Great Work environment
    2. Good Technical challenges
    3. Employer friendly

    Cons

    1. Management could not sustain financial viability of this great innovative company.
    2. Not good at trimming the Capex/Opex expenditure in line with revenues.

    Advice to Management

    1. Make sure that priorities are right and in line with the market trends
    2. Invest in future
    3. Don'e get blindsided by past laurels/innovations/patents etc.


  10. "Director of Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent full-time

    Pros

    Highly technical. Great people. Good salaries.

    Cons

    Lacks strategy and vision. Women often prohibited from management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Promote women


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