Alcatel-Lucent - End of an era, begining of the end! | Glassdoor
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"End of an era, begining of the end!"

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Holmdel, NJ
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Holmdel, NJ
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Compensation and benefits are up there. My management did not do "bed checks and my schedule was fllexible.

Cons

Morale sucks, no job security. Bell Labs was once great. It is very sad to see what became of this company.

Advice to Management

Stop the workforce reductions. The good talent is jumping ship.

Other Employee Reviews for Alcatel-Lucent

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    "Poor management makes this a place to avoid."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package was among the best I have seen. I have not seen a company that has a higher match on the 401k than Alcatel. The health care benefits were also very reasonably priced.

    Working with the latest telecomm technology was exciting and I was able to learn a great deal. The majority of the 'core' Alcatel people are very genuine and are great to work with. These people are some of the most knowledgeable individuals that I have ever met.

    The culture is a little entreprenural-like in that once you have a job assignment, you are allowed the freedom to make it happen, within the constraints of resources on hand.

    Cons

    Management expects long hours and weekend / holiday work as standard operating procedure, not as the exception. It was very common to have management ask us to work every weekend for long periods of time and to give up our holidays to meet an unrealistic schedule. Only 'the chosen' few were given any compensation for the extra efforts.

    The growth potential was limited to non-existent. Managers did not give performance reviews with their employees and seldom meet with the teams at all. They received their feedback second-hand from select 'spies' that would keep an eye on others within the team.

    The morale of the work environment was always extremely low and overall, it was not a place anyone enjoyed coming to for work.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic with deadlines and allow work-life balance for the employees.


  2. ""Communication should begin WITHIN the company""

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are generally agreeable about employees working in the office or at home and skipping the commute most days of the week; vacation package is very good; pay is comparble (?) with competitors...

    Cons

    As with many large corporations, there is poor internal communication, especially in the way of feedback from senior management to employees; either the flow of information is stopping at the management level and not being distributed to the workers or there is just a one-way flow (up). A lack of planning is also apparent; isues that should be anticipated are brushed aside, to be worked after they reach crisis levels.

    Advice to Management

    Provide feedback to employees on customer and technical issue; hold regular skip-level meetings with technical and program management staff to get an "in the field perspective"; provide a greater level of uniformity for ratings/review standards. These steps could go a long way to help improve employee morale.

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