Nortel Networks

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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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    Nortel had a dynamic and innovative culture that created a positive and energetic atmosphere for employees

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    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, along with a very talented pool of employees

    Cons

    Leadership was not good at managing the financial affairs of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good technology, bad leadership

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Lots of areas for growth with many different technologies

    Cons

    Certain technologies only available in certain geographical locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much heavy brass, old thinking leadership. Need to be more lean and nimble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nortel is gone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    It was a good place to work

    Cons

    There was some hard decisions that had to be made. It took too long to make them.

  8.  

    Director Services

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    Former Employee - Director of Services
    Former Employee - Director of Services

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Great Place To Work, people were great.

    Cons

    Bankrupt, no longer in business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great career opportunities, smart people but ultimately ineffective leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Innovative company
    Smart people
    Great career opportunities and flexibility for movement (when the company was doing well)

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership
    Ego and lack of honest communication and effective decision making among leadership

  10.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good environment and learn opportunities.

    Cons

    401K could be better since they only matched 2%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    progressively worse corporate culture as they headed toward bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    great people, excellent networking and leadership development opportunities. Expatriate experience was top notch.

    Cons

    too much expected of too few people as they headed toward bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value people more, respect boundaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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