Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 12 January 2015
Updated 12 January 2015
453 Reviews
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453 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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98 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 28 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 28 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Dynamic and generally fun

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dynamic company with a vision

    Cons

    Strategic error and financial engineering leading to company bankruptcy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Had tremendous opportunity with data networking

    Cons

    failed to capitalized on the Enterprise market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your Canadian retirement funds - they can't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nortel a company in danger

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the product line it is critical to the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good environment and learn opportunities.

    Cons

    401K could be better since they only matched 2%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    progressively worse corporate culture as they headed toward bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    great people, excellent networking and leadership development opportunities. Expatriate experience was top notch.

    Cons

    too much expected of too few people as they headed toward bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value people more, respect boundaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    system engineer in sales team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good company with canada Gov supporting

    Cons

    slow slow and slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be quick to respond the market

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great over all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Nice place to work in

    Cons

    Nothing really all is great over there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go ahead

  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Outstanding products, excellent engineers. Good salaries.

    Cons

    Bad management caused the company to go bankrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Support Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Nice office culture, friendly environment

    Cons

    Not so many possbilities for personal growtth

  11.  

    Great company to have worked for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Leader in Sunrise, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Leader in Sunrise, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and they took care of the people that were driven

    Cons

    Not much to say but unfortunate that the economy hurt Nortel.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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