Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
445 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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95 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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    • 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)

    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.  

    Great company to have worked for.

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    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
  6.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    great people, great place to work

    Cons

    no longer exists, too bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    not a place to work any more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company, bad management is

    Cons

    bad management test is new

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out or leave employees alone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sad end to a company with a wonderful and long legacy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great technological innovation in its day, recognized leader in telecommunications advances that gave us caller id and voice over ip, but couldn't get out of its own way in the end

    Cons

    succumbed to the crash of 2009 and self interests of the top leaders; declared bankruptcy in 2009, after top leaders ensured they got what they needed out of the company coffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should have moved faster and with more determination in changing the company culture; employees dedicated themselves to the company and its legacy, but leaders too worried about their own position to care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Terrific products, good collaborative culture, innovative teams, and an exciting marketplace

    Cons

    Overly complex organization structure, too many market directions, complicated processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company was essentially dissolved and sold off in parts to other entities, so no need to suggest advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Loved working at Nortel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Best products. Best people, Best Customers, Best work life balence.

    Cons

    Accounting scandal, too many unknowns, no future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't have sold the 5 business units.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, Great People, Great Products, but Poor Upper Management

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic to work with such talented people on world class products! We listened to our customers and our designers and, by doing so, created the most reliable and feature rich telecommunication products in the world.

    Cons

    Last few CEOs did not understand the business and started cost cutting and layoffs which improved their bonuses but killed innovation, hurt moral, and destroyed customer confidence. Trust your staff. They created the business and have a passion and desire to have that success continue. Employees were treated as a liability rather than the intellectual assets that made the company what it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead through vision, not cost cutting. Listen to your people. Together Nortel could have had an excellent future. Instead, management threatened employees with firing and verbal abuse if the disagreed with any proposed changes. A company cannot function that way for long, and Nortel died after 125 years of success thanks to this poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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