Nokia employees are protesting by walking out of work today

Nokia employees are protesting by walking out of work today
Things are surely in a state of chaos over in Nokia land today after the announcement of seeing the long time handset maker deciding to embrace the Windows Phone 7 platform – thus signaling the end of Symbian's future development.

The partnership between Nokia and Microsoft appears to be striking a vulnerable chord with Nokia’s dedicated employees because they’re protesting by simply walking out of work today. Workers emptied out of offices and marched outside to express their dissatisfaction about the newly formed partnership. In all honesty, you really can’t blame them since many have dedicated time and have a deep devotion to the Symbian platform. Letting go so quickly just isn’t much of an option for them – especially when job cuts could be close at hand.

Naturally, the future is still uncertain,  but it in the meantime, there has been no announcements regarding job cuts. However, that feeling of uncertainty can be somewhat troubling for the approximate 3.000 people working at Nokia’s Tampere location – with half of them actually working on Symbian. This talk out protest is one way for these employees to voice their opinions and concerns about the new direction that the company is taking.

source: HS.fi (translated) via Geek

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45 Comments

1. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

They are just making it easier for Nokia when it's time to decide who they let go.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

amen to that. Down with the outdated OS that isn't going anywhere, good to see Nokia is deciding to be competitive. Hopefully this means more Nokia smartphones in the US because they do make quality phones.

30. themandude unregistered

good call, I agree, who cares about symbian?? Bring on Android too, don't be dumb with a monopoly like windows only... branch out...! Why walk out jobs are hard to come by these days.. don't walk out on your jobs right now folks.. because there aint much out there...

36. mannyfs

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

lmfao ur right

45. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

Well... Hopefully they still develop meego... It is an os that had a lot of potential... But it kinda seems like WP7 is meego but reworked a little. Cause they look pretty similar.

2. dug unregistered

bye bye symbian.

3. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I won't be surprised to hear about Nokia fanboys killing themselves, hahahahahah?

12. josh10132

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

People killing themselves isn't something to joke about

28. nobody unregistered

Tha's funny because someone killing himself becoz of a brand

31. themandude unregistered

Not very funny, you people that find this funny are losers. Very imature. Nowonder you can't get a girlfriend other than your pet goat. now thats funny...

33. ReaverSpark unregistered

No, that's pretty dumb. Come up with something original.

37. mannyfs

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

pffff do they even exist/?? and nokia has cool phone designs, just ugly software so idk why anyone would complain about getting windows os

4. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Also, it's a good thing that they walked out now. That's where they're heading shortly anyway, lol.

5. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

I hate to see the employees suffer because the higher ups didn't do their part tho...

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, the higher ups had their heads up their asses, but then again the employees werent coding on the same level as apple and google and fell behind. its a 2 part failure. The execs dont make the OS, the coders do. From what the new nokia boss said, the meego OS was crash happy as hell and nowhere near prime time. Thats not the exec's fault... thats the coders fault. Nokia is simply doing what it must to survive. Had it stayed the course, it would have been the next "Palm" and the employees would be fired anywas.

44. UStudio unregistered

what the heck are yall talking about with the iphone and android they had no choice, the only one that could possibly beat or even compete with them to is wp7, Nokia isn't a charity.

6. rafael.roque

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 03, 2010

I want everyone who walked out today; to know that I support your actions! What Nokia's CEO has done is a betrayal to everyone at Nokia and it's consumers. This is only the beginning, and I hope to see more decisive action against the actions that are leading Nokia down the same path that Sega took approx. 10 years ago.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

incorrect, Nokia is doing this so their company doesnt go bankrupt in 5 years.

11. Socalvenom unregistered

I was actually hoping for Nokia to at least try Android but hey I like Windows 7 as well

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I would assume its because there are so many android handsets it would be hard to show off the nokia brand. Im a bit suprized by this, but windows7 is a good OS platform as well.

27. poochilau1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 21, 2010

that frickin Elop guy use to work for Microsoft, I say he just "left" microsoft to be an inside man... and that's why they're switching platforms.

43. UStudio unregistered

me i say can someone point to the nokia jobs page so i can walk in where they walked out, thanks in advance.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

If they were better at what they were doing then Nokia wouldn't even be in this situations to begin with. I think Windows was a good move on Nokia's part - they just need to make some bonfide devices to regain their sparkle.

8. haha unregistered

how come they dont understand that symbian is a dead end OS -_-"

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They should work for GOOGLE.

14. AAABall unregistered

No props on someone walking out of their job. I've been out of work since November of 2009.

23. Eric unregistered

I suppose that says more about you than them..

42. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

You are an idiot.

15. Charizard unregistered

That is just ignorant on the worker's behalf. They expect Nokia to support their job when it is only causing the company to fall into financial trouble down the road. I understand there is an emotional sentiment to be spoken for when something you work on your whole career is deemed insufficient and dying, but to disregard the rules of the work environment is a bit childish. If you are that dissatisfied, quit on your own terms and find another job. Or, be a responsible employee and adapt to a changing industry and strive to continue to advance Nokia into the company it once was, the king of cellphones. And besides, Nokia has stated that for the next 2 years, Symbian is still alive. Give it your best 2 years, and maybe you'll be migrated to Window Phone division in Nokia or get an offer at some other company. And if your job isn't that important and easily replaceable, theres a reason your losing it.

17. rafael.roque

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 03, 2010

The financial trouble wasn't created at the Symbian level; it was the management and corporate who kept it from growing at an acceptable pace. As almost always, the problem lies at the corporate level and not down the pipelines where the majority of workers reside. And they're show of protest is valid just like it's valid for you to comment on this topic. Just make sure to understand every possible perspective before you go bashing such loyal employees.

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