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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 10 July 2017
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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  • The company went bankrupt; hence highest level of management not so capable (in 12 reviews)

  • the chapter 11 episode was so unpleasant where roomfuls of people were let go in the Maidenhead Office (in 17 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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  2. "Started out positive, but as we all know, it went south"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Enjoy your Canadian retirement funds - they can't.


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    "Nortel a company in danger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Sort out the product line it is critical to the success of the company.


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  5. "Great work life values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very innovative and flexible organisation

    Cons

    None as they were very professional


  6. "best company every"

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    Former Employee - Managing Partner in Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Managing Partner in Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great training, rewarding, self-development, flexible working, way ahead of competitors

    Cons

    being too kind to people is not a reward - you can start attracting the wrong kind of breed

    Advice to Management

    being too kind is being naive - respect needs to be earned not bought


  7. "Sad To See Nortel Go"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Took care of their employees.

    Cons

    Once layoffs began it was a stressful environment to work in as you never knew if you would be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Management overall was great except for the perceived mis-management in the executive level.


  8. "It was good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Good working relationships

    Cons

    - poor upper management
    - Poor inventory management

    Advice to Management

    could have, should have, maybe next time


  9. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good products and services. Great coworkers. Enjoyed my team. Well paying jobs in a changing industry. Lots of different job opportunities when I started. Recognized company products world wide.

    Cons

    Filed no and destroyed many lives and a great company as a result of a bad CEO hiring decision. Never recovered from purchases of other companies and market slowdown.


  10. "Regional Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers were skilled and hard working.

    Cons

    Leadership that drove the company into bankruptcy.


  11. "The Best Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Technical Account Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Technical Account Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nortel had everything in a company that would satisfy any employee with ambition.
    Middle management were carefully selected to build great and cohesive teams in design, support and sales. Camaraderie was second to none and my colleagues were close and shared experiences and information easily. I was devastated when Nortel filed for chapter 11 and my working career has never been the same since leaving Nortel. Unfortunately I missed moving to Avaya as I left before that happened.

    Cons

    the chapter 11 episode was so unpleasant where roomfuls of people were let go in the Maidenhead Office.

    Advice to Management

    nothing much to say - just wish you'd carried Nortel past its 102 year history.


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