Pardon me for use of the emoticon, but I was coming up dry for clever article titles today. I think maybe the current cold weather has frozen key neurons.
Anyway, the “</3″ commonly symbolizes a broken heart, or lack of love. In this case, I am wondering about Nokia’s true sentiments regarding its Irving, Texas location.
The Nokia Irving campus has been surrounded by negative speculation at least since the US factory (Alliance) closed down and its operations sent to Reynosa, Mexico. The rumor mill was fueled further when Nokia Siemens Networks was formed, and further still when the campus’ Building 1 was emptied. Anonymous comments on internet sites have not generally expressed much hope.
But then CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (commonly known as “OPK”) visited the Irving site in October 2008 and declared it had a future. Supposedly the relocation of AT&T to Dallas from San Antonio made a Dallas-area Nokia presence a necessity.
Yet, very soon afterward many Irving employees were released from service. That just served to fuel more pessimistic speculation. I now hear from current employees of a constant fear that their jobs are next. It is not easy to conduct your work under such circumstances, rumors or no.
And I don’t like relying on rumors anyway. So as a former Nokia quality specialist who occassionally checks to see what jobs are being added, I decided to take some measurements and examine how Irving’s prospects looked from a numbers basis. My metric? Jobs listed by region. Results from the Nokia career site as of this posting are below:
242 opportunities overall
53 of those are US-based or Global/Location Negotiable
3 listings for Irving
The sum possibilities for the US actually does not look too bad, considering– 53 out of 242. However, that last figure may say it all, especially since only two of those 3 listings actually specified Irving (the other was a US-general opportunity).
In contrast, here are current results for a few other US locations:
18 for Burlington, MA
13 for Mountain View, CA
5 for White Plains, NY
If I were to speculate solely on these figures, I would say that if Irving does have a future it will likely be as a very small satellite operation supporting AT&T. I would love for someone, anyone, to disabuse me of that conclusion! Comments welcome.
UPDATE: Nokia today announced that profits fell 69% during fourth quarter 2008. That doesn’t bode well for any of their operations or sites…