Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

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3.0 46 reviews

18% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(11 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Wrong bet at the wrong time

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Richardson, TX

    Prosgreat to start a decade ago
    nice ppl, great campus

    Consoverspending on technology with not much return

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    NA

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) Richardson, TX

    Prosbig company with a great history of telecom

    Conschapter 11 has been very hard to handle and control duriing this period of time in nortel, but we belive

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Company

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsMany projects to work on, opportunities in the entire Software development lifecycle - requirements, development, test, integration, support, field support

    ConsPoor senior management - no directions, company has basically sold off all important pieces to other companies - look at competitors

    Advice to Senior Managementlook at your strengths ... your employees. many have left or moved to better opportunities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disassembled

    Director (Former Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsBefore the fall, it was a great place to work with talented people. Benefits were good and pay was competitive. Leadership is always a mixed bag, but low and middle management not too bad.

    ConsGoing bankrupt. Hiring outside execs that handled the situation poorly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink of all the people you put out of work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nortel is out of runway.....

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsSalary. Nothing else. Benefits have eroded, all in the favor of Nortel and none in the favor of the employee. Pay increases have been non-existent for the past 6 years and bonuses paid out at 50% or less for the same period. Thus, the one reason to remain with this company is quickly approaching the point of no return.

    ConsLong hours
    Constant threat of layoff / RIF
    Constant reorganization
    Lack of direction strategically, other than survival
    Being 3 years into a three year turnaround plan, with no noticeable progress. 10 for 1 reverse split retired stock but stock price is once again hovering at $1 (or $0.10, pre-dilution)

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some business classes, preferably MBA, and apply the fundamentals. If you do not have the requisite skillset for the role, step aside and let someone who does take over for you. Billions have been lost on malfeasance, greed and outright fraud.

    Formulate a plan and execute. It IS that simple.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nortel is not the place to work at this time in the corporation's history. Try again later

    Product Verification Management (Current Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsThe only reasons remaining to work at Nortel is that the salary and benefits are still very reasonable relative to similar work in the area and that some of the managers still offer flexible work schedules. The ability to occaisionally WFH (Work from Home) and/or work non-standard hours does permit some opportunities to make progress on life issues and other non-work issues for example see your kids in a play or attend parent/teacher conferences at times more convenient to the teachers or be at home for receiving important packages or repairs, etc.. I know this for a fact because I'm a Nortel manager with employees and the majority of those employees admit that the very reasonable salary, the acceptable level of benefits, and especiall my willingness to be flexible on work schedule is the main reason they have not yet left the company.

    ConsThis place can be so depressing that it gives Welbutrin suicidal thoughts and tendencies. The lack of direction and constant program churn could give a 2Mg Xanax tablet an anxiety attack. The company is contracting in the areas of higher-paying employmetn and expanding rapidly with lower-cost outsourced and contract resources so opportunities for advancement are very, very low and likelihood of being "optimized" from the company is very, very high. It's a constant struggle to do deliver products faster, cheaper, AND with higher and higher quality. History and experience have pretty much proven that those three aspects: Good, Fast, Cheap tend to not exist together. Experience has shown that picking any two aspects and the third aspect becomes more unattainable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would beg all senior management to be more open to flexible worktime schedules. I would encourage Nortel Senior Management to insist that employees take vacation (and to plan employee vacation schedules into the delivery schedules -- something which is rarely done). I would highly encourage Nortel's executive managers to be more open and direct regarding impending employee optimizations and, in then in some instances, to offer some reasonable incentives to those soon-to-be-optimized employees to keep them interested and focused on meeting their deliverables and in training their low-cost offshore replacements.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    NT - A gamble but may be worth it if you are new in your career.

    Director R&D (Former Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsThe potential of building something great again. Once you've hit rock-bottom, up is the only direction. If you are in Nortel, or thinking of joining, always, always, always have an exit strategy.

    ConsNT has forgotten what it stands for - leading edge products and delighting customers. It's difficult to see that when you're focussed upon quarter-2-quarter budgets. Also, a lack of risk-taking culture. Everyone from junior to senior is in CYA mode.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's all about your people - first!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Family-friendly company; lacks in opportunities, training, and career advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsThe company offers a substantial amount of vacation time and job flexibility, They also will allow you to telecommute so long as you do not abuse this priveledge.

    ConsThere currently are not a lot of opportunities for advancement since the company and the industry is shrinking. The stock price has been bad, but this really doesn't matter much to most of us since the company does not give many stock options to its employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThat you will not be able to turn this company into the General Electric model. Also, it would be a good idea for them to quit taking such big pay raises and bonuses when many employees are being layed-off and are not receiving much in the form of monetary bonuses at the current time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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