Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 12 January 2015
Updated 12 January 2015
453 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    poor management, not challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    I don't advice this company to anybody

    Cons

    nothing to advice or tell about this company that's why I worked less than 6 months

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company has no future

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    In its heyday Nortel provided an opportunity to make a career out of a job. Since their stock plummeted, it has become a death sentance

    Cons

    Employee Morale was very, very low. Nobody has any faith in the future of the company. Every one is overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell, and fast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 a 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Loved working at Nortel

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    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
  10.  

    Amazing first year then it all went downhill

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Onsite gym, excellent benefits, lots of perks and excellent hands-on technology. Probably artificial but had 8 consecutive quarters of pay increases from 1999 to 2001. Essentially my salary rose 50%! But then stayed the same...

    Cons

    Dysfunctional performance reviews, really low morale the last few years, greedy and incompetent management.

    In 5 years there not once did I advance professionally. Every performance review I received was excellent, but the economic situation of the company rarely promoted anyone from within unless you were upper brass management. You were told you still had a job and they used that weight to keep your pseudo-high salary alive.

    As layoffs progressed, cubicle land became desolate so more opted to work from home. I recall in 2005 I was the only employee near 4 pillars of my lab. Finally they relocated/consolidated everyone from that lab into another lab. Shortly after that expensive move our group was told "the news".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Most professional, fundamentally strong, technology know-how are far more superior

    Cons

    Nothing as such to say about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

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