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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. "Telecoms service industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Minimal internal politics enables quick and easy decision making meaning we get the work done quickly and efficiently.

    Cons

    The business is tough. Profit margins are continually squeezed resulting in issues making time for internal blue sky innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees the past 24 months have been very hard and the business will not get any easier. We expect a lot from each other but we also need to continue employee individual development journeys.


  2. "Ever changing plans..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Senior Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Senior Designer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small Team, very talented people

    Cons

    Organisation is a mess, changes of strategy almost every year

  3. "Senior Portfolio Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nokia tries to do the right thing, and live by it's values of Respect, Achievement, Renewal & Challenge. It has a strong ethics & environmental policies that all employees & suppliers must follow. Compensation & benefits are good, and high performance is recognised.

    As a large company that is present in nearly every country there are many opportunities to advance careers internally, and the variety of roles available is wide. while not cutting edge in terms of technology use, and immature in use of best practices like Agile development, lean sigma six etc there is a good focus on execution and quality.

    If you put the time in it can be easy to build your own internal network, and generally other employees are supportive, and welcoming.

    Cons

    As with any large multinational it can be a very frustrating environment with projects often answering to multiple managers which slows progress down.

    Decision making takes way too long, often due to the number of steering boards and stakeholders involved

    Internal politics are reducing, but very slowly

    Commitment to change to become a leader rather than a follower is only on paper, not in reality. For a company that has consistently changed it's focus over the last 150yr it now seems to be afraid of transformation

    Shareholders are still the most important party, not customers or employees.

    Many middle managers are poor with no training, or guidance once they get promoted. Results in many great teams led by weak mangers

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the organisation, train the management layers, invest more in your people and find the courage to transform at speed.


  4. "Nokia"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good fellow employees, experienced and capable.

    Cons

    Poor at career development, offshoring as many jobs as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Quality not quantity.


  5. "NPI Technology Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - NPI Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - NPI Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nokia as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seems good work culture

    Cons

    Less Pay for contract employee


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cambridge office issues"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch once a month. Free drinks.

    Cons

    Politics and empire building. Problems with communication between departments and within departments across offices exist and are a real problem. Changes in work causing people to leave. Company values not visible on the ground, e.g. quality, no politics, communication. Poor engineering infrastructure.


  7. "Excellent Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment, high expectations, good work/life balance.
    Nokia values, code of conduct, ethical treatment of staff partners and suppliers
    Strong lesdership

    Cons

    Pay, constant organisational changes can sometimes be frustrating, but expect thats the same in any multinational company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, Stay focused on delivering our value add to new verticals and developing our brand in the health sector

  8. "Enjoyable"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Huntingdon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Huntingdon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global contacts, knowledge base, flexible working

    Cons

    Limited "sideways" career opportunities, "resource" organisation


  9. "Mr"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good andk would recommend to friends

    Cons

    Was nothing apart from low pay

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, great working conditions and colleagues. Global and with Nordic values and interesting products, which is a winning combination.

    Cons

    Many restructures made working for some parts of the company unstable and difficult. Though company has more recently become more stable, and is definitely an interesting place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Nokia's a great company, and having more stability for all will mean retaining good people and winning in the future.


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