Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 5 September 2014
Updated 5 September 2014
433 Reviews
3.2
433 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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88 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 27 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home was great (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 29 reviews)

  • Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nortel - what does the future hold?

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leaders need to think about the workforce when taking risky decisions

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    Former Employee - Not Divulged  in  Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Not Divulged in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    My experience with Nortel was a brilliant experience.

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    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great office culture with open door policy. Excellent benefits and room for personal growth.

    Cons

    Nortel went out of business 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am interested in a work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A fantastic experience

    Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work with incredible talented people.

    Cons

    Execs suffered of analysis paralisys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  7.  

    Jr. Recruiter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good food, good gym

    Cons

    Poor Management, not enough appreciation, lack of motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve your work

  8.  

    Great place to work while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Felt respected, well compensated, and had interesting work to do

    Cons

    Poor CEO resulted in company all but disappearing. Not sure there's anything left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    R&D is important. Drasticly cutting back on R&D may have resulted in short-term gain in share price, but killed the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    - Extremely nice colleagues
    - Well maintained campus

    Cons

    - Can be hard getting a project started

  10.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This was a great Canadian company to work for. It was the pride of a nation for over a century and provided many opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Greedy executives got in the way. Sadly, they tried to bring in too many American Execs who were more concernded with picking the bones dry than saving what was left of a Canadian institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer III  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I liked the work I was doing.

    Cons

    They have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in tune with the people that actually do thw rok.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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