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Updated 20 January 2018
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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. "software engineer"

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility of the hours allowing a good Work/Life balance

    Cons

    Salary, travel,can't think of


  2. "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  7. "not availble"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    too bad does not exist anymore

    Advice to Management

    talk with your employees


  8. "Good Expereince"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Lon, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Lon, MO (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy atmosphere, lots of different opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor training, not much on offer

    Advice to Management

    Get smart


  9. "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Nortel was great while it lasted, simply because of the bond that formed between the employees. Regardless of location, everyone got along. I still speak with several ex-collegues on occasion.

    Cons

    Towards the end, once the word bankruptcy was whispered, the constant threat of layoffs tainted most conversations. It became increasingly difficult to think of anything else, but I guess that happens at most companies and is not unique to Nortel.


  10. "software developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Durham, NC (US)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genband was a great place to work. Fun, exciting, and interesting work for R&D

    Cons

    Uncertainty due to downturn of legacy telecom.

    Advice to Management

    None. Seem to be doing ok now.


  11. "Former Employee"

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Travelled the world, and given opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Constant negative news and constant layoffs


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