Communications Engineer | Kanata, ON | Sept 20, 2016
Friendly and productive work environment
A typical day of work would consist of an early meeting with my team to discuss progress on projects and news. Then I would go to a meeting regarding a specific feature being developed. The group consists of different types of engineers all working together to try and get the feature complete. We would discuss obstacles, progress, and upcoming work. The team worked in an agile way; all the work was done concurrently and work load is shared even if it is not specific to your field. I had the chance to work with systems, software, and PV engineers. The rest of the day I would spend programming, testing, and consulting other people.
I learned a lot about software engineering, feature development in large companies, Wi-Fi, and mesh networks.
The hardest part of the job was getting proper instructions and specifications for features. Sometimes my group felt disconnected from the company. Hard time getting set up with the equipment needed for work, a lot of time was wasted unnecessary.
The most enjoyable part of my work was getting to do different tasks, and learning about software development in the industry. I had a chance to work on many diverse projects that I feel have made me a well-rounded individual in regards to software and communication engineering.
ProsFriendly learning environment, and good coffee!
Sourcing Specialist for Ericsson Canada, reporting directly to Sourcing Director on business engagement activities.
- Create, analyse, and present Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) to clients during governance meetings, highlighting areas of concern to discuss action plan and areas of improvement
- Initiated Business Due Diligence and vendor on-boarding process and provided manager input on whether to engage in further business with potential companies
- Communicate with executives of vendors on a daily basis, maintaining a healthy, positive business relationship
- Responsible for issuing RFP's and ensuring cost savings for Ericsson
- Create and analyse monthly Spend and Savings report
The best part of working for Ericsson was that I had the opportunity to take on a significant amount of responsibilities. As 1/3 of the sourcing team, I was empowered to make important decision and was responsible for work that made a large impact
Prosvery empowering experience, took on a lot of responsibilities
Senior Software Engineer | Ottawa, ON | Sept 12, 2015
A open and balanced work place
A typical work day usually starts from a short SCRUM stand-up meeting in which XFT members share what they have done and impediments they have met so that developer can keep in mind of surrounding colleagues are doing and make it efficient to request for support.
Then developers are absorbed into their specific development, including solution design, coding, debug, verification and continuous improvement.
Ericsson provides a perfect working environment where there are a lot of separate meeting rooms in which you can freely discuss issues with colleagues without concerning impact on others.
Afternoon, there are usually some technical seminars or forums which you can freely to join to learn or present your ideas.
Another advantage of Ericsson is its respect culture, which respects employees' idea, interest, diversity and their family lives so that people can keep balance between work and life.
Great workplace with friendly, knowledgeable people and balanced work life.
The work environment is amazing and the people working there are all very easy to work with and are friendly while being very focused and knowledgeable about their field of work.
The most enjoyable part of the job was when I was working on something new, but also, it is the strong synergy between team members when everyone is on the same page.
The hardest part of the job would be similar in any other tech jobs, where the obstacle stopping your flow of work is at the hands of another person or management, because they are part of the process as well. At times, it tends to be busy, and that is when there can be like a traffic jam.
ProsLunch presentations, BBQs, learning resources, fast communication, great teammates, flexible hours
Conssometimes equipment have bad settings or bad parts, some employees work hard with success in high workload do not get the respect they deserve
Technical Support Engineer | Ottawa, ON | Aug 2, 2013
Lots of learning, but poor pay
There's lots to learn and new technology to work on. However, the pay isn't that great, and the workload is heavy. While Ericsson doesn't pay for overtime and doesn't expect it's employees to work overtime, the workload will make it necessary to put in free hours. Unfortunately, the salaries don't keep up with the challenging nature of the work either. While Ericsson claims that employees can work globally, you have to know people on the inside to actually get placed anywhere outside your region. However, not all is bad. The employees are mostly nice, and the work environment is generally pleasant. There are numerous travel opportunities, all over the world. I recommend Ericsson if you're just starting out in the workforce, and want to see the world and learn a lot along the way.
- No on boarding training for junior hardware developer (PA, digital, TRX, etc). No sure if it is common for software engineer. Most of senior engineers are nice and professional, but they are too busy to help the juniors.
- Everyone especially senior developers in hardware team is overloaded. For example, the project deadline cannot be postponed even the shipment of DUT got delayed for a couple of weeks. You get to finish the work before the deadline. Those mangers don't care about your work life balance.
- No trust between manager and hardware developers. You can feel the tension between technical team leader and project managers.
- Low salary compared to the workload.
- Too many useless and stupid 'so-called' knowledge share sessions or meetings. Just a waste of time. Maybe those high-level managers think the developers have enough spare time everyday like themselves.
Ericsson is a very solid Information and Communications company. Built around very solid core values with clear purpose, vision and mission and supported by a high caliber executive leadership team, Ericsson is perceived to be a leader in the IT and communication arena.
With customer first being one of its principles, Ericsson does not hesitate to invest in R&D to keep and maintain its leadership position. People at Ericsson are considered to be its greatest assets. Leadership, accountability, responsibility and empowerment are key traits that Ericsson puts emphasis on, supported by continuous learning. This makes Ericsson a great place to work in.
Currently, Ericsson is supporting the hybrid work environment without jeopardizing the people work life balance.
ProsWork life balance
ConsHeavy process culture resulting in Slowness in engagement
Great work culture along with great people to work with
Worked in XFT where we participate develop features on 4G LTE. Participated in daily scrums where we provide update on current work items and discuss issues that arise from testing and development. Learned a lot of about the application layer of the communication protocol.
Work culture is great, you are provided a mentor and there are product experts who are always willing to help. There are a lot of positions and jobs that allow the ability for you to move around. Teams from time to time will go on team building events in the area. There is a fooseball table for when you would need a break. Hardest part of the job is ramping up and learning about the product, but the people around you are always there available to help.
ProsFooseball, Fika (Swedish Snack TIme on friday)
I worked for a lot of firms throughout my career including some of the Wall Street and Silicon Valley name brands. None of them compare to Ericsson in terms of its culture, dedication to innovation and excellence.
We are talking about the company who defined 99.999 percent on-time as basic operational excellence.
Work-life balance, on-site gym and free fruit is practically the norm but over and beyond it, with Linux for developers and access to newest technologies on site and sharing sessions these guys want me to start coding again.
Advice to job seekers: Apply without reservation, you will be working with some of the smartest engineers in the world.
ProsCareer advancement opportunities, innovation drive, culture and work atmosphere.
• Software engineer with over 7 years of experience in software design, implementation and testing
• Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
• Highly experienced with software development processes
• Ability to lead a team effectively and deliver projects on time and with quality
• Have achieved highly developed skills with advanced programing methodologies
• Strong technical background on real time systems and ability to work on highly complex software systems in data communication within Telecom and Service Providers Networks
• Team player with reputation for delivering solutions with high quality and outstanding performance
• Advanced customer service skills
• Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
This is a completely unaltered & unbiased review, considering my experience while working in the Organization. Firstly, being a telecom company, many would be afraid of the work culture, but as compared to other competitors, I feel Ericsson goes beyond expectations. I worked as a Solution Integrator at Ericsson India Global Services for 2 years. Started as a fresher and built a strong career while working there.
Here are the Pros and Cons which i felt were worth mentioning -
Firstly the cons -
The biggest con here is salary hike. When I was working there, the hike percentage was very less. I saw people working for 2-3 years straight with a very low yearly average hike. That might be during my tenure and maybe it improved after I left or was better maybe before my joining, but this was the case during the time I was employed.
Also, in some projects I have seen and happened in my case as well, project managers were very rude to employees. Just to impress the clients with fast results, they kept burdening the employees. This is not right, considering the core ethics of Ericsson which respects each and every employee in the organization with work-life balance. On the other hand, I was very much impressed with my Reporting manager. Was very supportive and always tried to help me up-skill myself in regards to the latest technologies.
Also, they need to increase the compensation provided to employees who work nights, odds and extra hours. When I was employed the tariff
High employee turn over, poor management exploiting a revolving door of entry starters.
1.4 out of 5
Random shifts, hot desking, mundane and repetitive, little room for progression, no work to life balance. I only recommend this job to people with a degree who are desperate for money.
Starts from as early as 5.15am and midnight finishes. Better than competitors but leaves little free time.
The initial 6 weeks of training they put you through are both fun and frustrating. There is only one way to do things. You are not encouraged to think outside of the box and you are chastised for asking for help more than once or twice. Seeing as they cut the training down from 3 months to 5/6 weeks and the probation period from 9 months to 5/6 months, there is little time to learn and you are berated quickly. However, it is interesting to learn that live subtitles are 're-spoken' into a microphone and see it being done.
You learn how to subtitle either live TV or non live-TV (File) at first. You stand a better chance if they put you into File training but I've heard they tend to forget about you after a few weeks of training there. You do not get a choice in this matter.
Management are rather cold but they are available and they will tell you what you are doing wrong. Not sure who are breathing down their necks but the pressure to achieve almost 100% accuracy targets is unbelievably high. You will be 'criticised' for not meeting targets as soon as a month after being ejected from training and advice isn't given.
They will look for reasons NOT to keep you on
ProsFree coffee when the machine isn't broken.
ConsLong hours, management, poor-workplace culture, high employee turn over, no life.
Good for career start. Not a place for experienced people.
- Very relaxed in certain roles. I noticed during pandemic alot of people are offline most of the day and really abusing it. Work life balance is generally good.
- Good to work here for 2-3 years while building CV towards another role. You will encounter many lifers here who have worked here for 25+ years
- Lots of training available around development and scrum. No real leadership training or soft skills training. Training is typically developer focused.
- Good tooling. Jira, confluence etc.
- Processes are well documented
- Pension is 8%.
- 27 days leave.
- Product Owner is a horrible job here. Seen as the jira administrator. No control to make any real decisions. Huge expectation from developers on what code changes are needed. Grooming can be very draining and combative.
- Salary is at least 20%+ below the market. Maybe even more.
- Salary increases - Either none, or 1% year on year. Typically none.
- Over engineered product architectures. Normal to be in endless calls about things that don't matter to anyone outside Athlone as the architecture group search for the greatest architecture on earth.
- Scrum is a facade here. This companies operates 100% waterfall from requirements to implementation. Huge analysis efforts up front by the S&T organisation. This is a key reason why they cannot develop software at speed. Lots of docs about 'agile' but so far away from it. Simple requirements can take 3 months analysis, then weeks of planing before a scrum
ProsRelaxed, Low stress, Will learn 'how not to run a development org'.
ConsNo career advancement, Low salary compared to market, Could learn technologies no other company is using. Legacy mindset and culture.
Ericsson / IBS & GSM Repeater PP&C – PM: January 2013 – September 2013 (9 months) • Establish project baseline plan and scope • Prepare a form to be created in SH for IBS project • Drive project execution • Update all project progress in the SH • Set core meeting to follow APs and share updates • Prepare project progress tracker and distribute updates with Team, Customer and Vendors • Manage project finance and margin monitoring • Prepare PEF for project related POs • Request PR/PO/GR for SPs • Monitor booked costs in MUS and Update information in the SAP • Coaching project team, Problem solving and defining APs • Follow up all project’s related issues • Conduct baseline and progress meetings with Customer • Prepare needed Presentation/MoM • Handover project deliverables and follow invoicing • Manage customer expectations and build a social relation with customer • Handle escalation and communication skills • Participate in all Internal, Supplier, Subcontractor and customer meetings Mainly, I was responsible for all project related cases within Ericsson Company, Customer and BSS Vendors.
Ericsson / Project Planner & Controller: October 2008 – December 2012 (4 years 3 months) Handling all project planning and project control matters during project establishment, execution and conclusion phases. Principally, project planning, organizing, monitoring, maintaining and closing down of required services in the field of planning and control issues Interact with all regional stak
• Managing a 25+ team of Design, procure, deliver and implement FTTx Triple-Play Fiber Network to Home at du locations within UAE and GCC including Civil infrastructure, Fiber and cupper Backbone, network equipment implementation and voice service delivery platform through GOPN fiber to home.
• Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders.
• Responsible for the project delivery schedule, cost and quality and achievement of the finance target (Revenue ,Profit ,Cash Flow.etc)
• Estimate the resources and man-power needed to achieve project goals
• Plan and schedule project timelines and track project milestones using appropriate tools.
• Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation and presentations.
• Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises and devise contingency plans
• Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members; influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.
• Determines KPIs for such areas, monitors the KPI’s within the agreed thresholds reporting any deviation, and conducts analysis to identify weaknesses/improvement areas.
• Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project.
• Creating Customer\Vendors Work Orders and POs.
• Develops and establishes technical and operating standards, installation standards, corrective and preven
Decent place to work for Tower techs depending on your position
I started as a Tower tech with little experience here worked for 2yrs in new England market and never saw a pay raise. They rely heavily on the lowest position workers (green guys) exceeding their position and making up for higher paid individuals who lack on their job. I saw many guys quit and leave the industry because of this. The fastest learners and hardest workers never get compensated for their efforts. Instead it seemed to always be the opposite. The worse you perform the better off you are to management. Management has no idea of the workers in the field and will believe anything a foreman says about you. Often foremen take all credit for good work and blame all the bad on certain crew members. Many lies were told to management constantly and you have no idea until its too late to cover yourself. Its not the kind of place you can just do a good job and not have to worry about what's being said about you. Extremely unproductive system of management and shows year after year when the market does not make money. The managers are too far separated from the field workers. Overall the worst part about working here is seeing the people that work the hardest and deserve the most never getting recognized or compensated but instead getting continuously abused because management knows they do whatever is asked of them. Also they will favor race or gender in any situation. If you are black or female you have a free pass to do whatever you want and still have a job. Highly discr
Estuve allí durante casi cuatro años. Es verdad que, dentro de lo que cabe, respetan la conciliación laboral (aunque si te tocan guardias, habría que verlo), pero yo allí no estaba motivado. En buena parte, yo sentía (y lo vi cuando me echaron) que ése no era mi sitio, pero me acostumbré al mismo, aunque nunca estuve realmente comprometido con la empresa porque no la sentía como mía (es algo sólo personal).
Mi trabajo fue bastante sota-caballo-rey y mi posibilidad de profundizar en áreas técnicas (yo era programador) dejaba bastante que desear, aunque también es verdad que teníamos una vez cada quince días de "laboratorio" (poder o formarnos en algo que nos guste o desarrollar algo que pueda ser útil a la empresa).
En cuanto a relación con los compañeros, bueno, había de todo. Hubo un periodo, cuando lanzaron un proyecto que exigió mucho esfuerzo extra a los del departamento donde yo estaba, que acabó sacando lo peor de muchos (yo trabajé algunos sábados, domingos nunca, y traté de buscar la mayor cantidad de tiempo libre posible). Con algunos compañeros me llevaba bien, con otros no muy bien.
Otra cosa buena: tenía teletrabajo y hubo un periodo en que trabajaba desde casa algunos días (ahorrando atascos y tiempo), hasta que lo quitaron y sólo para situaciones excepcionales. Y no me pagaban mal.
También hay algo que creo que deberían cambiar: hay demasiadas reuniones (no sólo de proyecto, sino de departamento), y eso, para los que somos técnicos, no es lo mejor.
# Typical day at work was to meet daily job targets..
• Chief Assistance to Head Ericsson
• Worked on SAP and CONCUR softwares for preparing claims
• Drafting blog for Head Ericsson on official Ericsson website
• Tour planning & making schedules
• Making Presentations for Management Meetings
• Managing & co-ordinating with Swedish Expats for all their official and Paper work
• To monitor tasks delegated by Head to ensure that the task is achieved to agreed deadlines.
• External & Internal interface on behalf of Head.
• Plan and schedule meetings, Appointments and Conference calls.
• Interacting with the Clients . Responsible for Guest Hospitality.
• Maintaining Contact Directory / Visiting Cards of Vendors.
• Travel bookings for local employees and visitors
• Assisting with Event Management
• Office Project Management as required
• Supporting Office Manager as required
• Supporting HR and other managers as required
• Organizing lunches and refreshments as required
• Provide efficient & timely support to the Head & other senior members.
• Should able to manage the letters, couriers, official and personal files.
• Provide support on admin items in the office
• Arrange and attend meetings and take minutes, transcribe and distribute minutes to concerned departments; prepare agenda for various meetings.
• Compile, compose, edit, produce and distribute a variety of documents independently, including correspondence, reports and presentations.
Prosfeasibile timings, lunch, tea, conveyance, good salary
ConsTook time to reach office, more people more co-ordination required
Para mi la experiencia dentro de Ericsson fue bastante buena, pero si vas a trabajar ahí debes saber:
- Ascender es difícil hay cursos que hacer y pruebas que rendir junto con entrevistas donde colocan lo que has realizado en revisión, dentro de Ericsson se dice que es mucho más fácil salir de Ericsson y volver a un cargo superior que lograrlo internamente.
- Si quieres cumplir horarios fijos y no quieres trabajar los fines de semana esta no es tu empresa, te sugiero mirar hacia el lado y postular a otra.
- No hay política de mantener a los recursos, si eres bueno te valoran pero no harán mucho por retenerte mejor dicho harán algo que es el mínimo.
- Los cambios de directiva global en Ericsson son comunes así que puede que entres y hayan 300 personas trabajando contigo y a los 2 años solo queden 120 o menos, porque el CEO cambió el enfoque de la empresa.
- El manejo de proyectos digitales es muy malo, cuando yo me fui y estaban tratando de igualar las formas de trabajo dentro de la compañía, espero que lo hayan logrado.
- Como los proyectos no se manejan igual y los directores de proyectos no son buenos el caos es una constante (estoy hablando solo de la parte de transformación digital que es donde yo estuve)
Bueno te preguntaras porque si tiene tantas contras porque califiqué tan bien a la empresa, simple:
- Si tu manager es de los buenos ten por seguro que aprenderás muchísimo y te apoyará en todo.
- Sí estás en un buen equipo te hacen sentir en familia
They employed me after doing a telecom program using my GI bill, coming out of the military.
When I started out, I worked between 50 to 60 hours a week, but work never felt like work because I got along with my coworker very well + climbing massive steel towers for a living is obviously rather exciting.
Work/Family balance is amazing. I was pretty much able to take off whenever I wanted, and even starting off you have a lot of PTO available.
There's also not really anyone peering over your shoulder. They give you a company truck or rental, and have you do all the maintenance on it using a company credit card. With that in mind, you get informed of where you have to go every day through email, on your company laptop. This allows for a very independent work atmosphere because your clock starts as soon as you get in your work truck in the morning, and you get to plan your route to site yourself and meet up with your partner at said site, instead of having to jump in to a van at a set time every morning.
My manager was nothing short of amazing, and was extremely understanding and kind (experiences may vary from manager to manager though, ofcourse).
Now on to the bad :
Work started to slow down, and because of it, they laid off a lot of technicians, including myself.
This is understandable. However, while I was employed, I got activated by the National Guard on multiple occasions, sometimes for 2 weeks at a time. During these times, Ericsson actually still paid me part of m
ProsAmazing work/family balance. Very independent/left alone. Strong focus on safety.
ConsThey pay you while serving your country, but fail to mention they'll take it all back if you get laid off.
Questions and answers about Ericsson
If you were to leave Ericsson, what would be the reason?
Asked Jan 10, 2018
Job growth in a new position. More challenging role.
Answered Nov 16, 2019
They will be out of business by the end of the decade as China is eating up it's share of the market
Answered Sept 5, 2019
What is the most stressful part about working at Ericsson?
Asked Dec 14, 2018
While i was unwell, my HOD pressurized me to work at customer site
Answered Jun 18, 2020
As Ericsson supports telecom/ICT vendors globally, so working hours may require you to be flexible at times
Answered Mar 12, 2020
How should you prepare for an interview at Ericsson?
Asked Feb 6, 2018
That depends on the department where you are going for the interview. But should know the general knowledge of telecom business in India.,
Answered Mar 29, 2020
The interview consist of a telephonic around followed by aptitude round focusing mostly on the logical ability so if you are good in those you are in!!!...
Answered Jul 6, 2018
What is the work environment and culture like at Ericsson?