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Nokia Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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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. "Great Work Culture, Poor Execution"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Culture

    Amazing team of engineers, product managers and insightful manager

    Transparency and respect

    Amazing Technology to work on (see cons though)

    Cons

    Top Management can't get their heads right, do no know proper execution and do not seem to be tech savvy; the company starts something amazing, builds a team around it and lays off people every other month!!

    Layoffs!!

    No driving strategy, even the most promising products have been shut down


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    "Great company as long as you are from Finland"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good number of PTO and sick days

    Cons

    Reviews and conversations happen in Finnish so non-Finnish speakers are left out. Job preference is given to Finnish speakers. Management style is reactive, great engineers but very poor managers

    Advice to Management

    Read my list of cons and decide for yourself how you can change

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    "Good first job in the valley"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, location and benefits

    Cons

    These guys really like cancelling projects


  4. "Modern Office and Ambience"

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    Former Intern - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nokia as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working at Nokia, the fact that Nokia was once a big name. Although they have sold mobile phone business to Microsoft (later Microsoft write it off), Nokia still has a lot of business line that scaleable. Not to mention Withings whom they just bought it.
    The office was great, modern looking, and great facility. It also has flexible hours and working attire

    Cons

    Things are changing periodically due to management


  5. "A good company going through tough times, only to become great some day"

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    Current Employee - Head of Customer Engagement, Chief Technology Officer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Customer Engagement, Chief Technology Officer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nokia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    "Respect" is one the Nokia values and this is truly something every employee lives by. Good work life balance. Many internal opportunities to grow.
    Nokia has reinvented itself many times and hopefully the future will be no different. However the industry outlook is weak and not being in a growth market means constantly making tough decisions.

    Cons

    Continuous transformation and restructuring happens in Nokia, which can be rather demotivating for high performance teams.

    Advice to Management

    "Continuous transformation" cannot be a sustained competitive advantage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people; nice work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It has a Great work life balance; average salary and benefits; not the best but not bad either. Great working environment with a lot of support

    Cons

    Not much stock bonus; company outlook is not clear; still has regular revenue but lack of a stable growth direction


  7. Helpful (1)

    "weak leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    exxcellent base (cash) comp. but this is because the stock is virtually worthless. excellent assimilating ALU. Tech is a mess.

    Cons

    weak leaderhsip undercuts great market opportunities. programs cancelled without due diligence. very bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    work on culture and integrity please. leadership team does not truly listen despite many "town halls." hearing and listening not hte same.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "good potential, lack of vision"

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    Former Employee - R&Amp; D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - R&Amp; D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is good talent and interesting people
    This company has a big potential and I hope they will do fine transitioning to new businesses after selling their smartphone business to MS.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is too much politics and the transition doesn't go smoothly.
    There is also a lack of vision, transparancy and communication.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and see what is going on on the floor. There are too many managers and too little inspiring personalities that can bring in the top engineering talent.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not good: Nokia Tech in Sunnyvale"

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

    I worked at Nokia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, friendly team, nice office that is close to Caltrain. Pretty flexible work environment in regards to time off, etc. Smart teammates.

    Cons

    No clear direction of the company. Awful leadership. Acquisition of Withings has been a disaster that led to a year's worth of hard work being scrapped. Part of a big company, but none of the benefits of that (HR is a joke, e.g., benefits enrollment was done on a piece of paper).

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do and then go do it, don't wimp out.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior product marketing manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Nice coworkers. Everyone's ultra polite. Very pretty building. Great vacation policy. The summer time is almost all vacation time.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. Very few are hard working. There's no differentiation between hard working vs slackers. Everyone gets the same bonus pay out regardless of work performance.

    Advice to Management

    Less travel and less contractors.


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