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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Very good

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsFriendly environment, very good company to work for

ConsIt's broke because of bad directives and 2008 crisis

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It was a great place to start a career..

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

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

ProsThe pay was competitive, the chance to learn different skills and technologies was unmatched. Great atmosphere and collegial, beautiful campus.

ConsObviously.. absolutely no idea when it was all going to implode, which it did.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould have avoided some bad acquisitions, became too spread out and the finances were a mess. Never able to make a consistent profit.

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

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Technical review for new graduation

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

Prosvery nice and give more guide if you stucked

Consthe schedule is tight 1 hour

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on tech and personality.

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Right angle turn into a blind dead end alley

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsA great company with 100 year history that rode the big wave of telecom deregulation, mobile and optical. But they could not adapt quickly enough to compete against new telecom business models and "good enough" services. The company built products to 5 nines specs, but too few customers needed or could affort that level of system reliability

Cons1. Entrenched country club atmosphere in Ottawa. The research teams spent more time promoting there own books and paper instead of enabling disruptive technology transfers to the product teams
2. Materially weak accounting practices in every line of business

Advice to Senior ManagementYou waited too long to start leveraging the large enterprise customer base. It should have happened sooner.

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Nurturing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsCompetent colleagues, good work environment

ConsProprietary technologies, too big team sizes.

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Good company and talent employee and technology

Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Taipei (Taiwan)

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

ProsGood company with good people and Enterprise products

Consinvest too much and lose her focus ...leading her to bankruptcy

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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Nortel Router Engineer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsExcellent benefits, great products, coworkers were fantastic great group of folks

ConsTough to get proper mentoring from senior engineers, Management could be a bit flighty

Advice to Senior ManagementProduce better marketing

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Excellent people, dodgy management

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsExcellent atmosphere due to good employees

Conspoor career progression through company

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees and communicate

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

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Sales

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsA good company that made some long-term planning mistakes.

ConsCouldn't survive in the competitive telecom market.

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 and good people

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood place to work when it was going good

ConsWent bankrupt in 2008 due to financial mismanagement

Advice to Senior ManagementShould have managed financials well

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

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