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"Good company - wrong direction"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Good atmosphere, interesting projects with lot's of flexibility.

Cons

Bloated middle management. Slow decision making.

Other Employee Reviews for Nokia

  1. "Too slow to compete in the mobile industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a wide pool of talented individuals.
    Good benefits and competitive pay.
    Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Decision making is painfully slow and frustrating. Senior management is out-of-touch with the reality on the ground. Frequent layoffs. In last round of layoffs - several units in US were reduced to half their size - however number of management layers remained the same. Too few engineers, too many managers. Many projects end up with more powerpoint slides than lines of code.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your competition and improve speed of execution. Focus on improving the company's culture. Reduce management layers. Make more decisions like "yes" and "no" and avoid decisions like "maybe" and "next week".


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    "Great vision, poor execution"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Public Relations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia full-time

    Pros

    Best company whose heart and vision were in the right direction. Flexible hours, open to ideas and genuinely concerned about customers.

    Cons

    Being on the West Coast of the US meant many days of 5:00 am calls to Finland. A mobile giant that doesn't understand the US market and refuses to let the US unit operate how it needs to. Too many levels of management. Slow to move on good ideas. Poor execution. New US management team has many gifted leaders but the marketing department is careless and out of touch with the company's brand situation.

    Advice to Management

    Financially, it is probably too late to remain in the mobile phone business. If you insist though, get out of Finland. The union is killing you and you are out of touch with consumers. The US management team needs to be in Silicon Valley. Not in name only but physically working out of the office. It would have helped morale too.


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