Traffic Editor (Current Employee), Chicago – February 16, 2014
Pros: supervisors, co-workers, benefits package
Cons: everything else
Being a traffic editor at Nokia may be the most under appreciated but overworked departments in the company. You are expected to work off hours, no holidays, no normal weekends (unless you magically get Saturday/Sunday as your off days), no half days, and if you want to take any time off you have to use your own PTO as there are no office closings or – more... work from home options. If it snows 2 feet of snow overnight you are still expected to show up to work even if it means driving on unplowed, whited out roads, which has happened quite a few times this winter.
The job itself is a joke. Most zones covered are not very active so early in the morning or overnights. Yet start times still are as early as 4am or as late as 11pm. The pay is not great considering the off schedule and personal toll the off shifts take on people. (sleep schedule, sitting in a chair for 8 straight hours, etc) Despite plenty of employees' complaints regarding the schedule structure, holidays/weekends situation, pay, etc the managers' responses are always "we can't do anything about that". They wonder why employee morale is low, and it's because of a lack of effort to appease anyone.
There is no advancement within the department except for becoming a "senior editor", a position they created when people complained of no advancement within the department. Needless to say, the job doesn't change if you are a senior editor and once you are a senior editor there is again, nowhere to move up in the department. It is as dead end as a job can get and the turn over rate is constant as people realize the problems and realize in order for a career they have to look elsewhere. The people who stay are either complacent or just waiting to get out. The high turnover rate plays a large role in why policies aren't changed, because managers are aware that most employees complaining will be leaving soon. – less
The office I worked in was fun, lots of good people and a bumper pool and foosball table in the break room.
Systems Engineer (Former Employee), Fargo, ND – July 31, 2013
Pros: occasional global travel, very flexible schedule, health, dental, vision, 401k. fast pto accrual.
Cons: wondering for 2+ years about job security.
A typical day was interesting because in my position I got to interact with people all over the world. I was one of 2 people that was responsible for providing User Support of nokia's digital mapping software to over 2500 globally located field and production workers. My immediate manger was exceptional. The hardest part of the job was figuring out – more... exactly what the problem any given user was having and trying to find a suitable workaround. Sometimes communication was difficult when working with people from other countries but those things also made the job enjoyable. Its fun to help people. – less
Challenging work environment with many talented people
Systems Engineer (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – July 9, 2013
Pros: great benefits, access to training, challenging environment
Cons: current insecure financial status/job security
I found that Nokia (formerly NAVTEQ) offered many opportunities to learn new technologies and systems on a daily basis. The job entails working with big sets of data prompting all kinds of issues. Every day is something new and different, and you are working with some extremely intelligent people. The company itself offers many perks including great – more... facilities, excellent benefits, a good bonus plan, and salaries are very competitive. I learned to work within an Agile framework, established an extremely competent sense of operations, and was able to train employees in proprietary software systems, and worked with some amazing people in terms of knowledge and personalities. A great experience. – less
CM (Current Employee), Atlanta, GA – June 12, 2013
Pros: good benefits, work life balance
Cons: no advancement opportunities, management
T The best part of the job are the relationships with customers and colleagues. The hardest part is convincing both internal and external parties to reach a compromise position allowing all parties to accomplish their goals. There are additional challenges in dealing with global (international) management/leadership and their unwillingness to understand – more... the specific customer and marketplace needs and requirements. – less
Process Compliance Lead (Former Employee), Irving, TX – May 28, 2013
My time at Nokia was my most memorable employer because I basically matured into the person I am today because of my colleagues and superiors at Nokia. I enjoyed going to work everyday while I was there, and although it was unfortunate that I was laid off; my parting with Nokia was pleasant and professional. I would like to someday find my way back – more... to Nokia. – less
Director (Current Employee), Helsinki, F19 – April 3, 2013
Pros: ample holiday, beautiful country
Cons: poor quality management, lack of employee development
An odd mix of competent and incompetent management including (still) too many old school Nokians who have been around for decades. Massive cuts have made the company leaner, but still thinks too much like a monolithic entity - slow to make decisions, answer is always to throw more people at problems rather than simplify, unwilling to make terminations – more... transparent and thus self-defeating on efforts to increase accountability.
That said, compensation and recognition for the top talent is extremely good, culturally a good place to work with a lot of trust and integrity, and work hours which are reasonable given the state of the company.
If they complete the upgrade of the management and senior leadership, and actually execute on the longer term strategies (which are good), it'll be a great place to work. – less
Board Assembly Specialist (Former Employee), Fort Worth, Tx – March 19, 2013
Working for Nokia was my first opportunity being apart of the corporate sector. During my tenure, I was promoted a total of six (6) times. They were firm believers of promoting from within and took very, very good care of their employees. Nokia was a delightful company to work for.