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MG: The things I liked about working in Nokia

I am an Engineer and had worked in several organizations before I joined Nokia. At the time of my interview I wished to be a part of the Nokia story very desperately. I saw Nokia go from not having any viable LTE network products to becoming a market leader that ultimately suffered series of layoffs and other struggles.

Here are the things I liked about working in Nokia

  • You are not expected to work for 12 hours a day for long periods of time: Though it is needed in exceptional cases to work for long hours when a lot is at stake, working for long hours everyday can lead to sustainability issues.
  • It is as important to take vacations as to work regularly and someone will substitute for you during that time: This ensured that the work does not suffer, but still you could have time off to get new ideas, refresh yourself and do what you loved to do. There were book recommendations to read during the vacations and the culture supported it instead of frowning upon it.
  • You can trust the people around you: It was a high trust environment and that made working much more easier and effective. Recently Harvard Business Review also acknowledged that trust is important in an article titled Neuroscience of Trust.
  • You can ask for help whenever you are stuck: If you asked for help from anyone that person would respond 90% of the time, which is a big number. That ensured work never suffered from people not knowing what to do.
  • You shadow your seniors to understand a role: This was another practice which I learned for the first time. This helped in ensuring that when a change happened the stakeholders did not feel too much difference specially in cases where hundreds were involved.
  • Multi-cultural environment: At no other organization did I see and manage so many cultures coming together to work; from China to Finland, to India, to Taiwan, and then the customer in Russia, Saudi Arabia and so on. There was only one way to handle situations and that was to do a good job.

And last but not least “No feedback is good feedback” – there was little noise if everything was going fine, so one could focus more and be efficient.

I would like to take some of the things I learned into use at Life24Fit, a startup that I am in the process of building and setting up the value system for. Life24Fit is a technology-based employee wellness solution which suggests employees to take care of themselves without impacting their work by suggesting 5 minute workouts, relaxation activities, mindfulness suggestions recommended by yoga professionals and ayurveda experts.

Dheeraj: The job interview that led to a journey of self-discovery

I was always fascinated about mobile communication technology. During my intermediate school days, the concept of voice transmission between two mobiles over the air was a mystery for me.

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Tojo: Finding Meaning

I’ve always wondered how coincidences happen in our lives – people we cross paths with, getting a call or message from someone we just remembered or thought about, events that occur, unforeseen opportunities and challenges that seem to appear….

Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote, “the word coincidence describes that which fits together perfectly”.

Meeting Nokia was a coincidence that grew to be a core part of my life for many years and still continues in some form.

What meaning have I found from Nokia experiences?

I learned how life can be unpredictable, uncertain and tough and, how quickly an organization can go from being the undisputed king

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Karoliina: The one constant in my life

Like many Finns who came of age in the early 00s, my connection to Nokia has been a long and multi-faceted one. One of my parents worked for Nokia in the mid-1990s, and I was far from being the only kid in that position at school. I lived in Espoo, after all, the promised land for telecoms engineers back in the day.

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Sampsa: Out of Nokia’s values came my own business

My first entrance to Nokia was Oulu’s Special Products unit in 1997, which was a great place to learn the spirit of handcrafted product making.

It was one of those Nokia R&D units full of hackers and makers.

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Heidi: 10 things I loved about working at Nokia

What was it about working at Nokia that stuck with so many of us long after we left the company? Why are 27 356 of us posting our musings and memories of our time at Nokia on the alumni group on Facebook? These are some of the questions I asked myself after Verena asked me to write something for this blog after I posted this👇on the “Beyond Nokia” group earlier this month.

I wrote this from my client’s office in Johannesburg after I had just walked in and heard a colleague chatting to a customer on the phone in Portuguese. It reminded me so much of my days at Nokia.

Now, before I go any further, let me just say I’m a total Nokia fangirl.

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Adrian: A love affair for a Nokia fan from Perth to Espoo

My love affair with Nokia began when I was 15 years old, when my first mobile phone was a Motorola V2288, and my school friends at the time had the Nokia 5110 and later Nokia 3310. Truth be told, I was jealous at the features and games that they had. Fast forward a few years later, when I finally managed to acquire the Nokia 3350. This was a great little phone, and one of the best things about it was that it had Snake. Awesome, right?

After commencing my first year in university, I went on a phone-spending binge

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Carlos: Startup dreams after Nokia

Life after Nokia

It’s been seven years since I left what I still consider the best company I’ve ever worked for. Spending so many years working for Nokia definitely made a mark that is still with me to this day.

I’m sure many of you would agree that the excitement and sense of accomplishment we all felt just before we released a new product was out of this world. From the first time you held a proto in your hands and got to play with the latest tech, to the first pictures taken with an N95 8GB, to the amazing music coming out of the 5800 or the fashion sense of the L’amour collection: these are things that will be embedded in our personalities for the rest of our lives.

With all these in mind, three years ago, I decided to leave the comfort of a steady job to pursue a long-held dream of mine: launching a company.

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Jim O’Brien: My Journey with Nokia

Nokia has been part of my life for many years now and still is today even through the transition I have supported Nokia throughout and now that we are back once more with Mobile Phone I think the relationship will last for many more years to come.

My Journey began with the Nokia 5110 from what I recall and from there on it was just a matter of learning, progression then loyalty.
I then began to collect Nokia devices for some unknown reason but I just recall their simplicity and how well they looked with the changeable fascias which was cool back then. I then noticed the phones where getting better year by year and said “HEY” I have quite a few of these devices sure why not keep going.

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Pooneh: My “NOKIA baby” loves technology

My career started in Nokia in 2002. However, I used to work in Nokia club on the agency side whilst I was in Morpace International who used to have the Nokia account back in 2000. At the time I worked on the customer satisfaction surveys of Nokia Club and also used to program and assess the NEW release of Nokia phone(a) for its features and UX (User Experience). Unfortunately, whilst I was on maternity leave something had gone wrong

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