Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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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  1. Dynamic and generally fun

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic company with a vision

    Cons

    Strategic error and financial engineering leading to company bankruptcy

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had tremendous opportunity with data networking

    Cons

    failed to capitalized on the Enterprise market

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy your Canadian retirement funds - they can't.

  3. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Solutions Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good company to work with

    Cons

    Services sales could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    More customer engagement

  6. Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Interesting work, always challenging. Great people to work with. Worked for them for 14 years and would have stayed longer.

    Cons

    Questionable top management back in late 90s

  7. Sr. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    wonderful colleages and work enviroment

    Cons

    Unable to keep company afloat

  8. engineer

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, pay,work environment. Always had the tools that we needed or had the ability to get the tools developed or purchased.

    Cons

    financial misguidance, poor budget planning. Upper management was not properly connected to the needs of the customer and did not adapt to what the customers changing needs were

    Advice to Management

    Allow the people in the front line roles to express what they are seeing in the field and use this input to drive future paths

  9. Software Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This was a Good company.

    Cons

    However they went Bankrupt sometime ago.

  10. Wonderful Group to work for/with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positions are well defined and understood by staff.
    Deadlines are set and achievable.
    No job too large to be tackled.
    Good attitude towards getting the jobs done.

    Cons

    World wide operation requires time to coordinate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the fine job that you have in the past.

  11. It was a very good Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Information Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment was great, the career opportunities very good

    Cons

    The fact that the Company was in Chapter 11, created a lot of confusion, it was a shame this happened

    Advice to Management

    No more Management, this should have been analyzed before

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