Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 411 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014
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3.1 411 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(82 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Training investment, work/life balance, generous total compensation package"
    in 26 reviews
  • "The ability to work from home was great"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management made poor buying decisions"
    in 29 reviews
  • "There is absolutely NO job security at Nortel, at least in GPS (was GNPS, second-level support)"
    in 11 reviews
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Excellent people, dodgy management

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExcellent atmosphere due to good employees

Conspoor career progression through company

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees and communicate

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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in the death throws of nortel

Finance Manager (Former Employee)
Maidenhead, England

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

Prosnice people to work with

Conseverything else - constantley on the backfoot

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Large company struggling to change direction

Member of Scientific Staff (Former Employee)
Maidenhead, England

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

ProsOpportunity to move to different teams and technologies
Low pressure
Good training

ConsNo career progression due to redundancies
Low pay

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fall of a technology giant

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Maidenhead, England

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

ProsExcellent technology and good pension benefits

ConsNortel Networks is now bankrupt

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Golden Parachute for the execs, briks around the necks for everyone else

Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Nortel Networks

Prosgood team, good tech and learning

Consall outstanding money gone, why no pay?

Advice to Senior Managementdon't steal

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nortel

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsThe people were the best reason to work at Nortel. The family atmosphere was amazing and compensated for other areas that were not there!

ConsThe corporate management that allowed the company to have to file for Chapter 11. This is the biggest shame ever!

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing more can be said to the Mgt. of Nortel Networks - everything that could be done to save the company, has not been successful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nortel - what does the future hold?

Senior Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsGreat opportunity for personal development. Loads of scope to get involved in projects. Good learning experience. Fantastic team, culture of respect.

ConsCurrent financial difficulties. Unknown future. It's a real shame for such a great company.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck. Hope you can salvage something of the old Nortel

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Leaders need to think about the workforce when taking risky decisions

Not Divulged (Former Employee)
Maidenhead, England

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsUsed to have the best technical people until the cuts 2000-2004 after which only the cheap & the political careerists kept their jobs at the expense of the good.

ConsIn bad times the company puts out only good news. Some of the great people who lost their jobs in the 2000-2004 IT winter, telecoms collapse also lost their lives due to the way things were handled back then. Numerous suicides went unreported.

Advice to Senior ManagementNever gamble the company future again by speculative acquisition of tiny technology companies for billions of dollars. It might get you noticed as a risk taking leader & help your career but the consequences can be very grave for the permanent workforce. Consider the effect of your actions on the livelihoods of the people who built the company's good products, engineering and reputation. Don't launch & sell products that may never get to market. Now in the twilight, you will be OK because you guys had the opportunity to amass wealth in a few short year but don't now complete the job by destroying the pension funds of those that did not have that opportunity by just working hard. Don't define your job just in legal and accounting terms.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If you're a lazy type and want to sit on your ass doing nothing all day then Join the other dead wood in Nortel.

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Belfast, Northern Ireland

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsNone. No interest in their Staff only the select 'chosen one's' will get promoted, pay rises and bonus pay for long hours worked - forget about it.

ConsDepressing place to work.
Management haven't a clue how to run a business.
No career development opportunities.
No pay rises

Advice to Senior ManagementStay with Nortel because you will not get a job with any other leading company. DEAD WOOD

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Outstanding company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsNortel is the best company I have worked for because it had a great culture built around its employees.

ConsCan't think of any cons.

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