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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Nortel - what does the future hold?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. Hope you can salvage something of the old Nortel

  2. Helpful (1)

    Leaders need to think about the workforce when taking risky decisions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Not Divulged in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Not Divulged in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used 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.

    Cons

    In 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 Management

    Never 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    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.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    None. 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stay with Nortel because you will not get a job with any other leading company. DEAD WOOD

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  5. Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Interesting work, always challenging. Great people to work with. Worked for them for 14 years and would have stayed longer.

    Cons

    Questionable top management back in late 90s

  6. Sr. Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    wonderful colleages and work enviroment

    Cons

    Unable to keep company afloat

  7. engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, pay,work environment. Always had the tools that we needed or had the ability to get the tools developed or purchased.

    Cons

    financial misguidance, poor budget planning. Upper management was not properly connected to the needs of the customer and did not adapt to what the customers changing needs were

    Advice to Management

    Allow the people in the front line roles to express what they are seeing in the field and use this input to drive future paths

  8. Software Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This was a Good company.

    Cons

    However they went Bankrupt sometime ago.

  9. Wonderful Group to work for/with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positions are well defined and understood by staff.
    Deadlines are set and achievable.
    No job too large to be tackled.
    Good attitude towards getting the jobs done.

    Cons

    World wide operation requires time to coordinate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the fine job that you have in the past.

  10. It was a very good Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Information Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment was great, the career opportunities very good

    Cons

    The fact that the Company was in Chapter 11, created a lot of confusion, it was a shame this happened

    Advice to Management

    No more Management, this should have been analyzed before

  11. Working Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - friendly place
    - normal benefits but no bonuses
    - interesting technology

    Cons

    - got to manage up
    - executives focused on their on thing
    - bad go to market

    Advice to Management

    - people people people
    - market market market

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