Yes, but not in all cases.
checking reference from previous employer is the practice and it may take 1-2 weeks (occasionally)
An open and fluid organization, its adopting semi-matrix mode of organization. as result, in Nokia, you may have 2-3 manager where you need reporting to.
the openness is challenged, people have to speak in this organization, people are challenged to share their idea, and work together with other. less bureaucracy, minimum politics in the office.