Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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. Nortel had a dynamic and innovative culture that created a positive and energetic atmosphere for employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, along with a very talented pool of employees

    Cons

    Leadership was not good at managing the financial affairs of the company

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting


  2. progressively worse corporate culture as they headed toward bankruptcy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    Pros

    great people, excellent networking and leadership development opportunities. Expatriate experience was top notch.

    Cons

    too much expected of too few people as they headed toward bankruptcy

    Advice to Management

    value people more, respect boundaries


  3. Great while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The people working there were top notch.

    Cons

    Mismanaged into the ground. The constant threat of layoffs.


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  5. Great place, great people.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to work here. It had a start-up kind of feel. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the atmosphere. Very competent workforce, great teamwork. Excellent value delivered to the customer. Everybody took pride in their work.

    Cons

    The company finally went bankrupt, and had to be sold off piecemeal.

    Advice to Management

    Financial management of the company was mishandled.


  6. Once a market mover, could not come out of downturn due to scandals, wrong strategy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Richardson, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for. People would retire from it once they got hired. Benefits and culture were great.

    Cons

    The high valued acquisitions of late 90's and the tech bubble burst changed it all. The company started a downward spiral that it could not get out of.

    Advice to Management

    Company went bankrupt in Jan 2009, so this section is not applicable.


  7. Was fun while it lasted

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    Pros

    Was great to work for a company who was an industry leader in many areas of communications technology. Lots of opportunity to work with differrent technologies in many different markets.

    Cons

    Was great until a string of ineffective business leaders took charge. Too many changes in direction, poor business decisions and slow responses to markets led to the company's downfall.

    Advice to Management

    Irrelevant now since the company is no longer in business. Needed to make better business decisions and to act more quickly.


  8. Reduce and improve the time and cost of Nortel's products landed cost

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cost Reduction Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Reduction Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nortel produced some of the most advanced products in the telecommunications field. The OC switching and the Enterprise groups really have great product portfolios to compete with competitors. Wireless was solid in TDMA, CDMA and LTE. The people you worked with were on average great people both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Too many layers, complex matrix environment, too many people duplicating effort, focused on the wrong product (UMTS) whent he industry was leap frogging to LTE. Enterprise group should have led the way more to cut costs and bring in more revenue with Nortel brand recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Too late the company is gone. So sad so many good people and products went under. If it comes back from the brink I would want to help bring this Canadian company back.


  9. Telecom is a cruel mistress when you are a recruiter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great culture, strong commitment to work/life balance, the individual group in which I worked were all very dedicated and passionate about their work and my direct manager was probably the best boss I've ever had. Nothing like going to work in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops. And of course, at various times when I was there Nortel had industry-best, fabulous technology. It always was a strong engineering company - with a big appetite for hiring. Good times.

    Cons

    History will probably look more kindly on the captain of the Titanic than Nortel executive management circa 1995-2009. RIP my friend.

    Advice to Management

    All that really comes to mind at this point is Bluto's speech to the Deltas - was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Bailey? Nothing is over until we say it's over. That sort of thing. I'll miss Nortel.


  10. A great gig while it lasts

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 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

    Nortel, despite scaling back quite a bit, still has a very good benefits packages. You get almost 30 days of paid time off (between vacation days, corporate holidays, and a floating "personal holiday"), which really helps with work/life balance. Nortel, at least in my experience, has been very tolerant of office employees who want to work at home occasionally.

    Cons

    The obvious downside is that the company isn't doing too well. You never know how long your job is going to be around. The cost cutting has others effects you can see around the workplace. Things just aren't maintained the way they used to be - printers are frequently broken, projectors hard to find, etc.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs major restructuring and cost cotting. Make those hard decisions and make them sooner rather than later. It will make the employees happier to have a better idea of where the company is going.


  11. Listen to the professional on the front line

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business/Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business/Project Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, leading edge technology, good pay. The product base addresses the needs of our customer base, and is generally leading the industry in innovation. The company generally recognizes the individual's contribution and often show earnest attemts to include the indiviual in the decision processes. The facilities are execllent and the company provides most state of the art tools for the employees. There is a strong commitment to include community projects in the workplace and support those needing help. (United Way, Food Bank, School supplies). The heath plan is reasonable and there is an attempt to provide preventive care. The 401 K plan is reasonable.

    Cons

    Uncertain future. "New" management plays by numbers only with little regard for optimization of resources/investment or Best ROI, rather only looks at how much can be cut as fast as possible. Too short sighted. The stick has been "hammered" to take it from $89 to $0.56. The "New" mangement team has not been successful in reversing this. The frequent stop/start decisons hurt and the morale is seriously affected. Morale is very low mostly because of the massive insecurity in the future - "Will I still have a job in 6 months?" There is an extreme lack of understanding that requests for open feedback in large meeting, with the fear of reprisals dosen't work. HR seems clueless and have impleneted extensive lumbersome processes not adding any value.

    Advice to Management

    Get and use input from the "on line troops" who know what's really happening.



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