Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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  1. Good people at Nortel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I really like working at Nortel. Salaries and compensation were very competitive.

    Cons

    Nortel bought too many companies that didn't add enough to the bottom line.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    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 Management

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting

  3. Chapter 11 - Not Necessary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    Pros

    Strong Products in Wireless infrastructure, Telephony, Networking and Optical Networks
    Cohesive committed employee base with strong culture
    Strong Brand Recognition

    Cons

    Burden of financial restructure in mid 2000's
    Execs unable to monetize IP value
    Business failed to leverage Services as a profitable strength

    Advice to Management

    Chapter 11 was easy way out. Add up the sale of businesses and IP and you more than cover your debt. So Why?

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  5. Nortel is gone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Good technology, bad leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Lots of areas for growth with many different technologies

    Cons

    Certain technologies only available in certain geographical locations

    Advice to Management

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

  7. Director Services

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Services
    Former Employee - Director of Services

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    Pros

    Great Place To Work, people were great.

    Cons

    Bankrupt, no longer in business

  8. Great career opportunities, smart people but ultimately ineffective leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

  9. Excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good environment and learn opportunities.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Great management team.

  10. progressively worse corporate culture as they headed toward bankruptcy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    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 Management

    value people more, respect boundaries

  11. system engineer in sales team

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good company with canada Gov supporting

    Cons

    slow slow and slow

    Advice to Management

    be quick to respond the market

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