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Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

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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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  1.  

    Wrong bet at the wrong time

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    great to start a decade ago
    nice ppl, great campus

    Cons

    overspending on technology with not much return

  2.  

    NA

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    big company with a great history of telecom

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor Company

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at your strengths ... your employees. many have left or moved to better opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disassembled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Before 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of all the people you put out of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nortel is out of runway.....

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Salary. 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.

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director R&D in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director R&D in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    NT 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 ManagementAdvice

    It's all about your people - first!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    That 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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