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  • Work life balance is an issue if you work for Operations Team(NOC) (in 77 reviews)

  • Some parts of organization tend to be too bureaucratic that slows down the decision making (in 111 reviews)

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  1. "Best place i ever worked at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Felt like company cared about employees.

    Cons

    unstable due to economy and iPhone domination.


  2. "cloud network systems"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Systems Network Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Cloud Systems Network Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    interesting work
    very successful in IMS VOLTE ip back haul networks

    Cons

    very political, non technical management
    not using latest methods and technologies

    carriers are going open source, non vendor lockin

  3. "Nokia Networks Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work Culture - Nice Exposure towards industry practices
    Management Decisions are transparent & the goal is clear

    Cons

    You need to be in the right project. Lot of Legacy Products & Customer Base. Might end up in bug fixing routine.


  4. "Senior Software Architect"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    High investment in R&D. Great place for scientists and engineers that want to patent their technology.

    Cons

    Software is just not a part of the company's DNA. Terrible place for scientists and engineers that do not want to patent their ideas.


  5. "European company + great Benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, and there is an annual bonus.
    Culture is very "European" (= good work/life balance).
    Not certain about career opportunities -

    Benefits:
    - 100% 401k match on up to 8% of your salary
    - Good choice of medical plans
    - Up to 30 days (6 weeks!) PTO
    - 2 additional (paid) days of community service per year
    - 10 additional days to take care of your family if someone is sick/injured

    Cons

    Uncertain future after the dramatic change of direction - no more cellphones.
    Also, lots of changes in Top Management.
    The company now has very diverse divisions:
    - Nokia Networks
    - Here (ex Navteq)
    - IP (milking patents)

    Who knows how this will end...

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be best to split up the company again.


  6. "Great place to work unil 2009, then just a waste of time"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that once had great values and an inspiring working environment.

    Cons

    Until the end of 2009 Nokia was an exciting and inspiring place to work in. People were passionate about their jobs. But then the iPhone market disruption kicked in and the management kept ignoring it. As a result profits and sales volumes fell. Reorgs were constant, people were treated bad and nobody did any work whatsoever, people waited for things to get in order again and normal work to resume. Then came new CEO Elop who dropped the bomb and the company was in a downward spiral until sold for peanuts. All was lost. A shame.

    Advice to Management

    Read your Jim Collins:
    Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success
    Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More
    Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril
    Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
    Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death


  7. "Great company overall...however might have bit off more than it can chew"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented individuals who worked together strongly as a team

    Cons

    Lack of direction in certain cases by upper management; poor to downright awful top-down communication in many instances

    Advice to Management

    Try to look closer, listen harder and communicate more effectively with those under your charge.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to advance a career and gain valuable skills, but ultimately lacking in needed speed and agility."

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, generous 401k match, great teams, and some exciting projects with a tremendous potential audience reach.

    Cons

    The company suffers from excessive red tape, duplication of efforts, too many cooks in the kitchen, and one hand not talking to the other. This slows down the product cycle and ultimately makes the company less competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to deliver and let them do so. The vast majority of them are creative, talented, driven, and eager to get solutions out the door to customers.


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative technology, good benefits, provide you trainings needed

    Cons

    management culture is bad, there is a big gap between management and engineer

    Advice to Management

    cut middle and lower management, cut product management, program management


  10. "Good company - wrong direction"

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    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.


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