Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
18 Ratings

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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46 Employee Reviews

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  1. Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX

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

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

    Pros

    I liked the work I was doing.

    Cons

    They have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to Management

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


  2. badly managed. Too many project cancelled

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior\r Development Manager in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior\r Development Manager in Billerica, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most talented engineers worked at Nortel.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced managers and lack of good Sales force

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of how products progress. Keep a close relation with the engineers not to lose them


  3. It was a great time until it was run into the ground.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Good people. Good pay. Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor executive branch. Some of them had no idea as to what their workers were actually doing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers. If you had, you might not have gone bankrupt.


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  5. Death of an Industry Giant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with many smart inovative people. Good Benefits. competitive salaries. Great products and a wonderful customer base

    Cons

    Executive churn and mismanagment caused the downfall of this company. Late to the market with products because of a lack of focus and comitment.

    Advice to Management

    to late now


  6. This company is gone now

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a wonderful place to work with innovative, brilliant thinkers and an active participant in the creation and expansion of the information superhighway. Great work/life balance and great middle management.

    Cons

    Well, corruption at the highest levels sunk this company. Fudging financial numbers and stuffing pockets of the top tier destroyed Nortel. There are no jobs to be had here. Goodbye, Nortel.

    Advice to Management

    Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.


  7. Great technology, poor strategy and management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learning about networking, working with high technology and experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Chronic downsizing leading to eventual bankrupcy


  8. It used to be good before the bankruptcy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None except easy work and going home early

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position for a long time

    Advice to Management

    You raised your forecast before bankruptcy..


  9. waste of time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary, good benefits, relaxed environment

    Cons

    many to list here...wasted so much money on internal controls

    Advice to Management

    should have had a good CEO


  10. Working condition at Nortel

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It has quite a few good people in the company, and dedicated to their works, and have been there for a very long time.

    Cons

    It is a very corrupt place, it is basically who you know, not what you know type of environment. The chance of getting promoted is only someone left or died.

    Advice to Management

    Your actions have led to the company's bankruptcy. Many people got impacted because of that.


  11. Bankrupt

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supplier Relations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Supplier Relations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Workplace environment (quiet), telecommuting options, location, available parking, benefits plan,

    Cons

    Flawed management practices, too much focus on LEAN/Six Sigma, not enough focus on employee development, zero training for Nortel standards and practices.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff - from the ground up.



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