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Updated November 20, 2017
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  1. "software engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as a contractor

    Pros

    Good low level board bring up work.

    Cons

    Can't think of any thing.


  2. "Use it to upgrade your CV and run"

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    Former Contractor - Assembly Technician in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Assembly Technician in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues contractors to work with
    Plenty of hours, plenty of overtime at end of the year at higher rates

    Cons

    Permanent employees are only leading hands, supervisors and management
    No or very little room to progress
    Almost impossible to become a full-time employee

    Advice to Management

    You are letting all the good people go and hiring anyone off the street.

  3. "Bad environment, lots of office politics, no development"

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    Former Employee - Wireless Systems Architect in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Wireless Systems Architect in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on leading edge telecom systems
    Working from home as needed
    Compensation and benefits were not too bad (if you got there at the right time)

    Cons

    It feels like there are more people "coordinating" than actually doing the work
    Mgmt is a mixture of corporate drones, scaredy cats, opportunistic operators...
    Infighting between France and US is pathetic

    Advice to Management

    Take care to reward the people who are actually contributing rather than the legions of ineffective managers.
    Punish ruthlessly empire building.
    Control the ego of the "star" engineers


  4. "DVT Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - DVT Engineer in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - DVT Engineer in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, Helpful, and a great team of people

    Cons

    Tools and equipment were somtimes dificult to locate


  5. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible about working from home.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow within the company.


  6. "Basically a good employer"

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    Former Employee - Director in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong employee trust and supportive culture that pays well

    Cons

    Poor strategic leadership resulting in loss of ownership to Nokia

    Advice to Management

    Already done, sold business to Nokia


  7. "Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Environment and Team building, outstanding cultural fit and extremely hardworking staff

    Cons

    Hr department is not that great and the flexibility is not too much

  8. "Video Business Unit"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Milton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Milton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, Good location (Milton is just outside of Cambridge but has a selection of pubs etc) and there are activities put on for staff. Free food friday is always popular.

    Cons

    Recently there has been a major lack of focus in the core CDN product with a number of transitions started and then labelled as complete without actually being finished. Certain areas of the business group have become interesting to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to micro manage everything - people need to be able to do their job. Requiring approval for every decision is immensely counter productive.


  9. "Alcatel Technical Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - TPM in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - TPM in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, good benefits, good training and bleeding edge products

    Cons

    Big company politics, Silo's between departments and organizations can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Need to be a little more customer focused


  10. "Superb place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineering Consultant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Software Engineering Consultant in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alcatel-Lucent as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Contracted for ALU sever times. Absolutely loved working here, one of the best contract clients I've had. Good local management chain, excellent engineering facilities and a good professional team spirit. Hard to think of day to day things that I didn't like.

    Cons

    Well, the fact that its pretty much shutdown is probably the biggest 'con'. However, during the time contracting there it was evident that the higher level management of the corporation were making questionable decisions with regard to work distribution and commitment to new products. This may be either the root cause or a consequence of the Nokia takeover depending on how its viewed but sadly it didn't end well either way.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees!!! without the rowers the ship goes nowhere! This is a company that can survive with Nokia but without strength in leadership you will simply be another pile of IP.


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