Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
441 Reviews

3.2
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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87 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 27 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home was great (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 29 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.  

    Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer III  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I liked the work I was doing.

    Cons

    They have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in tune with the people that actually do thw rok.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company and good people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT  in  Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay , flexibility and career advancement.

    Cons

    Filed chapter 11 in 2009. Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good product line,acknowledgement of work and industry standard perks

    Cons

    Unfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Bend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    Cons

    Company went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    enjoyed Nortel

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good equipment, excellent travel opportunity

    Cons

    expenses very restricted so had to buy cheap. yuk

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    Too late, they've gone already

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great company at one time

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great company at one time

    Cons

    The company was once great but was not managed in the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -none

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

    a fantastic opportunity to enhance your telecoms experience and progress your career.

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    Former Employee - Optical Commissioning Engineer  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Optical Commissioning Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    excellent technical knowledge available, great pay and a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    none, can't think of any cons.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nortel Europe ruined my pension after 20 years of service

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager  in  Harlow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Harlow, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Access to working on leading edge high speed, long distance data communications technology and the benefit of working with major customers such as British Telecom and collaboration with other European telcos such as Deutsche bundespost, France telecom, telettra, etc on major joint venture contracts.

    Cons

    Deceitful management culture was rife, with use of major work stolen by senior managers and career advancement through merit non existent. Salary and career progression very poor with no additional reward for continuous professional development or gaining chartered engineer status.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realise that honesty and fair treatment of your professional staff is the best policy. Do not wait until your best technical staff find a better paid job and then hand in their resignation before you agree to promote them and pay them close to their true market value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A lot of learning experience

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    I work as inter in Optera branch. Mainly focus on firmware development. While there, I get to learn new technology, work independent, and under minimal supervision.

    Cons

    A lot of learning at beginning. You would have to work on your own with minimal help from mentor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    gained extensive hands on experience, fortunate to work for a great team

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    Former Employee - Systems Designer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great culture before going bankrupt. not so much anymore.

    Cons

    no clear direction anymore, job security no longer something on the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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