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Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
441 Reviews

3.3
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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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  1.  

    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    Bend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company while it lasted!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richardson, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    mis-management by senior execs, cost overspends

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Opportunities to stretch

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    One 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.

    Cons

    Numerous 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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    former product marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    Talented 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

    Cons

    Corrupt 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I enjoyed working with the people at Nortel.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Use to be great, not anymore

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management (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 ManagementAdvice

    Too 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Was a great place to work but Sr. Mgmt. made too many bonehead decisions and we are now in bankruptcy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    We 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not the Nortel of 1995.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The value of your business is your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was good while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Never 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and not gloss things ove.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Nortel is going nowhere very fast!

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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