Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
441 Reviews

3.2
441 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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87 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great until Bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Bohemia, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bohemia, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Great company to work for - great products and great middle management.

    Cons

    CxO's that ran the company into the ground and ruined may peoples lives.

  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Nortel Networks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Great place, great people.

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to work here. It had a start-up kind of feel. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the atmosphere. Very competent workforce, great teamwork. Excellent value delivered to the customer. Everybody took pride in their work.

    Cons

    The company finally went bankrupt, and had to be sold off piecemeal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Financial management of the company was mishandled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None that I can remember

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good people, benefits, work at home policy

    Cons

    going bankrupt, leadership, the training was limited to on job experience

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

    Best place ever

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, dress code, great employee events. I loved this place!

    Cons

    Nortel no longer exists so you won't get paid if you still work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greedy sobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Electrical engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    good company lot things to leanr

    Cons

    bad management they bankrupted the company

  10.  

    generally very positive

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    opportunity and innovation company with excellent R&D

    Cons

    politics, executive management failure,overly middle managed

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The people I worked with are great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    R & D division has had great talents.

    Cons

    Executive management team did not care about people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No directions for people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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