Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 411 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014
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3.1 411 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(82 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Training investment, work/life balance, generous total compensation package"
    in 26 reviews
  • "The ability to work from home was great"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management made poor buying decisions"
    in 29 reviews
  • "There is absolutely NO job security at Nortel, at least in GPS (was GNPS, second-level support)"
    in 11 reviews
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Great at first, bad as company went under

Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWhen I first started working there in 1997, it was really great.

ConsCompany went bankrupt. The last years of weekly world-wide layoffs were very stressful

Advice to Senior ManagementStop playing politics between divisions. You have competitors out there happy to take away your 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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Best place ever

Finance (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexible work schedule, dress code, great employee events. I loved this place!

ConsNortel no longer exists so you won't get paid if you still work there.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreedy sobs

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

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generally very positive

Network Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

Prosopportunity and innovation company with excellent R&D

Conspolitics, executive management failure,overly middle managed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Electrical engineer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

Prosgood company lot things to leanr

Consbad management they bankrupted the company

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Excellent "first job" opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsWork life balance
Opportunities to grow

ConsInstability, constant lay-offs, constantly shifting focuses

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It was overall positive, but the atmosphere was awkward

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Plano, TX (US)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

ProsNice People
Work from home sometimes

ConsManagement takes advantage of employees
Commute was kind of long

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees like they are part of the process.

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22 years of multiple roles

Senior Pricing Manager (Former Employee)
Alpharetta, GA (US)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay, benefits and people. In heyday, great product vision. Often developed evolutionary products that were firsts in the industry.

ConsHorrible management. Dishonest accounting and crazy acquisitions diluted stock. Over building of offices and factories led to way too much debt. Greed and poor planning. Success requried them to develop firsts to succeed. Operations and processes were poor

Advice to Senior ManagementToo late now. Should have gone slower with expansions instead of planning/assuming business would double year after year.

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

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Bubble blast

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Chelmsford, MA (US)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat technologies, great potential, products that serve purpose.

ConsManagement was clueless, money hungry with no vision on how to keep a 100 year old company with experience and 1 billion worth of patents in business. Sad.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo to jail and do not collect 200$.

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

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Account Manager (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO (US)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat place for job movement

ConsSenior management made poor buying decisions

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

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Too bad they tanked

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than a year

ProsThe ability to work from home was great. There was a great deal of flexibility in the hours. Learned so much from all the others.

ConsCompany didn't last. Upper management was too greedy and too bad they went out of business. It was great while it lasted.

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

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