Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
441 Reviews
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441 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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93 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.  

    great company at one time

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great company at one time

    Cons

    The company was once great but was not managed in the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Bend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    Cons

    Company went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of learning experience

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    Current Employee - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work as inter in Optera branch. Mainly focus on firmware development. While there, I get to learn new technology, work independent, and under minimal supervision.

    Cons

    A lot of learning at beginning. You would have to work on your own with minimal help from mentor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    gained extensive hands on experience, fortunate to work for a great team

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    Former Employee - Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great culture before going bankrupt. not so much anymore.

    Cons

    no clear direction anymore, job security no longer something on the table.

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

    Channel Manager

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    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for before the bankruptcy

    Cons

    Poor Executive Level Management which killed this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If it had been better managed on the executive level, it would probably still be a great company today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for back in its heyday

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    Former Employee - DMS Hardware Development in Morrisville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - DMS Hardware Development in Morrisville, NC (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good salaries, most employees I interacted with were given plenty of freedom. The facilities were nice (outside of all the cubicles), and they had a nice dining hall.

    Cons

    The company was really struggling financially and layoffs were happening with frightening regularity. Some (actually most) of their offices in the RTP area were huge cubicle farms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess it's too late for it to matter now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nortel Networks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good products and people, green networking products that use less energy.

    Cons

    Poorly run company. Difficult to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on ease of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Had a long and varied career - too bad that top management steered it into the ditch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Nortel was able to offer lots of opportunities with varied assignments and lots of interesting work.

    The best part was the high percentage of wonderful people to work with. The talent that was assembled was truly great.

    Nortel created some amazing products and was a class leader in its heyday.

    Facilities were good, equipment was high quality.

    Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables.

    Cons

    Upper management dropped the ball and we all know what happened as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

  11.  

    Intership

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of Freebies, Excellent work environment

    Cons

    Company closed down otherwise great!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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