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Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Work life balance is an issue if you work for Operations Team(NOC) (in 81 reviews)

  • Some parts of organization tend to be too bureaucratic that slows down the decision making (in 113 reviews)

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  1. "Telecommunications Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Huntingdon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Huntingdon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite some occassional instabilities in the past things have stabilised in Nokia and it is a good place to work. Plenty of work to do and good open culture where you can speak your mind and affect change in your role.

    Cons

    The volume of work can sometimes be excessive and the demands are high. There is support available but you are left to go get things resolved yourself which can sometimes be difficult depending on projects.


  2. "It is OK to work here despite that the most recent changes weren't always in the best direction."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Greenwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Greenwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a friendly and flexible company. As a permanent employee it can be accounted for a longer period. It is not in the middle of the city.

    Cons

    The salary is not the best, compared with other ones on the market.

  3. "Big company, little business unit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager, VR Capture, European Region in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Manager, VR Capture, European Region in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nokia provides all of the benefits that one might expect from an big company including a great in-house online training service for all employees.

    Cons

    Working in a little business unit under the big brand of this global company there are expectations from colleagues in other BUs that "my" BU's products should be available to them and their customers without apparent respect for "my" BU's own objectives or methods of working.

    Advice to Management

    Enable better links between BUs to maximise opportunities with customers common to multiple BUs.


  4. "Customer engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, No Stress , Friendly people

    Cons

    Poor Management idea , losing of many good people

    Advice to Management

    Management need to look at employee career and motivate the way of development not only looking for bonus in the end of year ;)


  5. "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


  6. "Telecoms service industry"

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    • 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.


  7. "Senior Portfolio Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cambridge office issues"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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