Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 424 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(85 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables(in 27 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home was great(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions(in 29 reviews)

  • Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees(in 14 reviews)

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    gained extensive hands on experience, fortunate to work for a great team

    Systems Designer (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Prosgreat culture before going bankrupt. not so much anymore.

    Consno clear direction anymore, job security no longer something on the table.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Channel Manager

    Channel Account Manager (Former Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsGreat company to work for before the bankruptcy

    ConsPoor Executive Level Management which killed this company

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf it had been better managed on the executive level, it would probably still be a great company today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nortel Europe ruined my pension after 20 years of service

    Programmer Manager (Former Employee) Harlow, England (UK)

    ProsAccess to working on leading edge high speed, long distance data communications technology and the benefit of working with major customers such as British Telecom and collaboration with other European telcos such as Deutsche bundespost, France telecom, telettra, etc on major joint venture contracts.

    ConsDeceitful management culture was rife, with use of major work stolen by senior managers and career advancement through merit non existent. Salary and career progression very poor with no additional reward for continuous professional development or gaining chartered engineer status.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealise that honesty and fair treatment of your professional staff is the best policy. Do not wait until your best technical staff find a better paid job and then hand in their resignation before you agree to promote them and pay them close to their true market value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for back in its heyday

    DMS Hardware Development (Former Employee) Morrisville, NC (US)

    ProsExcellent benefits, good salaries, most employees I interacted with were given plenty of freedom. The facilities were nice (outside of all the cubicles), and they had a nice dining hall.

    ConsThe company was really struggling financially and layoffs were happening with frightening regularity. Some (actually most) of their offices in the RTP area were huge cubicle farms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI guess it's too late for it to matter now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nortel Networks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood products and people, green networking products that use less energy.

    ConsPoorly run company. Difficult to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on ease of doing business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Had a long and varied career - too bad that top management steered it into the ditch

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsNortel was able to offer lots of opportunities with varied assignments and lots of interesting work.

    The best part was the high percentage of wonderful people to work with. The talent that was assembled was truly great.

    Nortel created some amazing products and was a class leader in its heyday.

    Facilities were good, equipment was high quality.

    Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables.

    ConsUpper management dropped the ball and we all know what happened as a result.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Outstanding company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNortel is the best company I have worked for because it had a great culture built around its employees.

    ConsCan't think of any cons.

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    Intership

    Summer Intern (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsLots of Freebies, Excellent work environment

    ConsCompany closed down otherwise great!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great until Bankruptcy

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee) Bohemia, NY (US)

    ProsAwesome benefits. Great company to work for - great products and great middle management.

    ConsCxO's that ran the company into the ground and ruined may peoples lives.

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    Fantastic

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Richardson, TX (US)

    ProsGreat company to work for

    ConsNone that I can remember

    Advice to Senior ManagementLove management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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