Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 427 reviews

24% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(86 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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    Dynamic and generally fun

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsDynamic company with a vision

    ConsStrategic error and financial engineering leading to company bankruptcy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started out positive, but as we all know, it went south

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Melbourne

    ProsHad tremendous opportunity with data networking

    Consfailed to capitalized on the Enterprise market

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy your Canadian retirement funds - they can't.

    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 a company in danger

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Melbourne

    ProsGood use of flexible work practices allows employees to work wherever they need to whenever they need to.
    The global nature of the business allows for sharing of resources.
    Given the neglected product line there is a huge opportunity to make an impact in the industry and skip the issues competitors have faced.

    ConsThe flexible work practices allow for international employees to work very long hours & spend countless evenings on the phone with US/Canada.
    Nortel is still very much a US/Canadian centric organisation struggling to understand the rest of the world.
    The product line has been neglected over the years do to financial issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort out the product line it is critical to the success of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Extremely nice colleagues
    - Well maintained campus

    Cons- Can be hard getting a project started

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    Great place to work while it lasted

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

    ProsFelt respected, well compensated, and had interesting work to do

    ConsPoor CEO resulted in company all but disappearing. Not sure there's anything left!

    Advice to Senior ManagementR&D is important. Drasticly cutting back on R&D may have resulted in short-term gain in share price, but killed the company.

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

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    Fantastic company, great people, lousy decision making

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsNortel was one of the best companies to work for in the late 90s and briefly had the highest market cap. People were great. CAreer opportunities and mobility were taken seriously. positive can do attitude and everyone had a clear view of the direction of the company - and most had an equity stake it in too!

    ConsA combination of telecom bubble burst, accounting scandal, overpriced acquisitions, dubius management decisions and trying to grow too quickly created a perfect storm which destroyed the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo upper management left to advise!

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

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    Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

    Field Engineer III (Former Employee) Richardson, TX (US)

    ProsI liked the work I was doing.

    ConsThey have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more in tune with the people that actually do thw rok.

    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 Manager, IT (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

    ProsGood pay , flexibility and career advancement.

    ConsFiled chapter 11 in 2009. Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good company to work for

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA (US)

    ProsFriendly environment, good product line,acknowledgement of work and industry standard perks

    ConsUnfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Customer Support

    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) Richardson, TX (US)

    ProsBend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    ConsCompany went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!

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

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