Nortel Networks
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Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

Updated Jun 5, 2014
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23% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsBend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    ConsCompany went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company while it lasted!

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    Proswork culture, benefits, atmosphere, compensation, 401k match

    Consmis-management by senior execs, cost overspends

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsOne of the best aspects of working at Nortel was the culture of giving opportunities for growth and achievement. I experienced it myself and saw it applied to others -- if you expressed your career interests, such as leading a team or directing a project, leaders would find ways to help you. Nortel also believed in training and brought in the Kellogg School of Management to provide training programs.

    ConsNumerous layoffs and rumors of layoffs put a damper on both morale and productivity. It was hard to plan budgets or schedules when you didn't know if your team or your project would be around in six months. When I was laid off, Nortel promised separated employees that it would pay salaries and provide benefits for several months into the future. But after it filed for bankruptcy, the pay and benefits disappeared, leaving everyone in the lurch.

    Additionally, most Nortel employees were online working from home each evening. This practice was expected and pervasive. Work/life balance was hard to achieve.

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    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsTalented and highly educated work force.
    Multi-cultural, team-work oriented employees.
    Competitive pay and good work and life balance
    Ability to move to other departments and locations for career advencement

    ConsCorrupt management. John Roth and his entourage ruined the company.
    Grossly over paid for its acqusitions (anyone remember Bay Networks acqusition) at the height of the internet bubble. How can you appoint a corrupt CFO to a CEO position after John Roth left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire with the millions you stole from shareholders and employees and please do not manage another company. You guys ruined enough lifes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I enjoyed working with the people at Nortel.

    Senior Member of Scientific Staff (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsFlexible work environment, telecommute friendly, great benefits & vacation.

    ConsAdvancement difficult if not on highly visible project. Poor executive leadership. Too much reinventing the wheel. Too CMM level focused.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers, rotate people to different parts of project. Focus on journey of process improvement instead of CMM level

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Use to be great, not anymore

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsGreat people and leading edge technology. Always challanging and interesting work to get involved with. Excellent Engineering community where people help each other.

    ConsManagement (or mis-management) has driven the company into the ground with their decisions. Poor choice of positioning the company and its assets has resulted in fire sales of whole divisions and hence let the air out of the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late now but don't make the same mistakes elsewhere. Some of the programs (six sigma) although useful, were not implemented correctly. Sr. Mgmt put their own pride and their own interests in front of the company and the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a great place to work but Sr. Mgmt. made too many bonehead decisions and we are now in bankruptcy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsGreat Benefits and Pay with decent management at the mid and lower levels

    ConsWe just recently filed for bankruptcy and are in the process of selling off all assets. A bit of a shame and depressing.
    Future is very uncertain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou guys should have cut unprofitable divisions a long time ago rather than have them continue to suck the life out of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is not the Nortel of 1995.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsYou are surrounded by outstanding technical talent, you can make your own career path, you are not limited in advancement if you don't want to manage people.

    ConsConstant downsizing created a very difficult environment to keep teams motivated - moral dropped off further with the bankruptcy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe value of your business is your people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was good while it lasted.

    Senior Member of Scientific Staff (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsIt was once a great place with good people, just couldn't get it together. The work life balance was really good and the pay was at a good rate.

    ConsNever a complete story from Management. It seems as though there was a hidden agenda and the management could not be trusted. Upper management never had the guts to halt a project if it wasn't ready, we would still push it out the door forceing our customer to take a sub-standard product which hurt us in the end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and not gloss things ove.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nortel is going nowhere very fast!

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsA lot of freedom is given to employees. You also have the ability to work from home.

    ConsCompany going down the drain. Cost cutting is spreading like a cancer and that is their excuse for everything. Management doesn't really care anymore, to "busy" to care about anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to retire, make way for younger more fresh ideas. Mike Z's 5 year plan might as well turn into a 15 year plan. Always excuses for why the company is in the condition it's in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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