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Unfaithfull to their contractors/contract obligations.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Stayed away from me and let me work. My contract had me working onsite at a fortune 500 corporation and they were very happy with my work, so Nortel Mgt had no reason to bother me. 6 month contract extended three times into two full years.

Cons

Nortel Enterpise Operate was contracted to provide onsite services, they sub-contracted through a technical staffing company. After a couple of contract extensions they made me switch to a different staffing company which made me go through crap to get hired through the new company because their standard contract was so assinine that I would not sign. I made them rewrite 17 points of the contract or I would not continue the successfull work I was already onsite and doing. They had to cave, but how stupid. Then, Nortel Enterprise Operate never told the orginating staffing company what was going on and abanded them, and me to tell them I was no longer working for their company. When the contract for the client finaly did end, Nortel provided me with no support in finding another position within the organization.

Advice to Management

All are gone and/or merged into AVAYA.

Other Employee Reviews for Nortel Networks

  1. Opportunities to stretch

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


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