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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
457 Reviews
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457 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 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 (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.  

    Nortel had a dynamic and innovative culture that created a positive and energetic atmosphere for employees

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    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, along with a very talented pool of employees

    Cons

    Leadership was not good at managing the financial affairs of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nortel is gone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    It was a good place to work

    Cons

    There was some hard decisions that had to be made. It took too long to make them.

  7.  

    Good technology, bad leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Lots of areas for growth with many different technologies

    Cons

    Certain technologies only available in certain geographical locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much heavy brass, old thinking leadership. Need to be more lean and nimble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Director Services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Services
    Former Employee - Director of Services

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Great Place To Work, people were great.

    Cons

    Bankrupt, no longer in business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great career opportunities, smart people but ultimately ineffective leadership

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Innovative company
    Smart people
    Great career opportunities and flexibility for movement (when the company was doing well)

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership
    Ego and lack of honest communication and effective decision making among leadership

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