Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
434 Reviews
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434 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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89 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Brilliant company taken apart by its management

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Incredible R&D and position in the Central Office market for Telco's, Tier 2 when it came to cellular.

    Cons

    Succumbed to poor management from mid '90s onwards, became de-focused and lost its way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy a time machine and do it right next time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    enjoyed Nortel

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England

    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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late, they've gone already

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Optical Commissioning Engineer  in  Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Optical Commissioning Engineer in Birmingham, England

    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
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  5. 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
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Harlow, England

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent people, dodgy management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere due to good employees

    Cons

    poor career progression through company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees and communicate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    in the death throws of nortel

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Maidenhead, England

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

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    everything else - constantley on the backfoot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large company struggling to change direction

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    Former Employee - Member of Scientific Staff  in  Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Member of Scientific Staff in Maidenhead, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No career progression due to redundancies
    Low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fall of a technology giant

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent technology and good pension benefits

    Cons

    Nortel Networks is now bankrupt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    good team, good tech and learning

    Cons

    all outstanding money gone, why no pay?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't steal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nortel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing more can be said to the Mgt. of Nortel Networks - everything that could be done to save the company, has not been successful.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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