Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
434 Reviews
3.2
434 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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89 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 for more than a 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for 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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    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.  

    Unfortunate Loss

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    Former Employee - Professional Services  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Nortel was a Canadian icon with plenty of intellectual property. A lot of money was spent on R&D & it owned many patents still in use today.

    Cons

    It's unfortunate that mismanagement & the financial crisis finally put this company into bankruptcy. Selling the right line of business of at the right time could have meant that other lines of business would continue to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain information & make a clear decision. Don't freeze when put in a position to determine a company's future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Brilliant company taken apart by its management

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Incredible R&D and position in the Central Office market for Telco's, Tier 2 when it came to cellular.

    Cons

    Succumbed to poor management from mid '90s onwards, became de-focused and lost its way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy a time machine and do it right next time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience with Nortel was a brilliant experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great office culture with open door policy. Excellent benefits and room for personal growth.

    Cons

    Nortel went out of business 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am interested in a work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A fantastic experience

    Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work with incredible talented people.

    Cons

    Execs suffered of analysis paralisys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  9.  

    Excellent Employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    - Extremely nice colleagues
    - Well maintained campus

    Cons

    - Can be hard getting a project started

  10.  

    Jr. Recruiter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good food, good gym

    Cons

    Poor Management, not enough appreciation, lack of motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve your work

  11.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This was a great Canadian company to work for. It was the pride of a nation for over a century and provided many opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Greedy executives got in the way. Sadly, they tried to bring in too many American Execs who were more concernded with picking the bones dry than saving what was left of a Canadian institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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