Nortel Networks

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, Great People, Great Products, but Poor Upper Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic to work with such talented people on world class products! We listened to our customers and our designers and, by doing so, created the most reliable and feature rich telecommunication products in the world.

    Cons

    Last few CEOs did not understand the business and started cost cutting and layoffs which improved their bonuses but killed innovation, hurt moral, and destroyed customer confidence. Trust your staff. They created the business and have a passion and desire to have that success continue. Employees were treated as a liability rather than the intellectual assets that made the company what it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead through vision, not cost cutting. Listen to your people. Together Nortel could have had an excellent future. Instead, management threatened employees with firing and verbal abuse if the disagreed with any proposed changes. A company cannot function that way for long, and Nortel died after 125 years of success thanks to this poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved working at Nortel

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Best products. Best people, Best Customers, Best work life balence.

    Cons

    Accounting scandal, too many unknowns, no future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't have sold the 5 business units.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Best company I ever worked for

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Terrific products, good collaborative culture, innovative teams, and an exciting marketplace

    Cons

    Overly complex organization structure, too many market directions, complicated processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company was essentially dissolved and sold off in parts to other entities, so no need to suggest advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing first year then it all went downhill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Onsite gym, excellent benefits, lots of perks and excellent hands-on technology. Probably artificial but had 8 consecutive quarters of pay increases from 1999 to 2001. Essentially my salary rose 50%! But then stayed the same...

    Cons

    Dysfunctional performance reviews, really low morale the last few years, greedy and incompetent management.

    In 5 years there not once did I advance professionally. Every performance review I received was excellent, but the economic situation of the company rarely promoted anyone from within unless you were upper brass management. You were told you still had a job and they used that weight to keep your pseudo-high salary alive.

    As layoffs progressed, cubicle land became desolate so more opted to work from home. I recall in 2005 I was the only employee near 4 pillars of my lab. Finally they relocated/consolidated everyone from that lab into another lab. Shortly after that expensive move our group was told "the news".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good firm

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Most professional, fundamentally strong, technology know-how are far more superior

    Cons

    Nothing as such to say about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

  7.  

    A Learning Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Even though you had a set job description with corresponding responsibilities, there was always the opportunity to try new things, join new projects, etc - never ending on-the-job learning potential.
    Very courteous and professional colleagues.

    Cons

    The Company filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and has closed it's doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No longer applicable

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

    Unfortunate Loss

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Nortel was a Canadian icon with plenty of intellectual property. A lot of money was spent on R&D & it owned many patents still in use today.

    Cons

    It's unfortunate that mismanagement & the financial crisis finally put this company into bankruptcy. Selling the right line of business of at the right time could have meant that other lines of business would continue to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain information & make a clear decision. Don't freeze when put in a position to determine a company's future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The people working there were top notch.

    Cons

    Mismanaged into the ground. The constant threat of layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience with Nortel was a brilliant experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (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
  11.  

    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with incredible talented people.

    Cons

    Execs suffered of analysis paralisys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

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