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An Engineer's nightmare for the last 10 years

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Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at Nortel Networks

Pros

Salaries at Nortel Networks were above average and the company was very friendly to telecommuters if your position made that possible. But for the last 10 years, those are the only 2 nice things anyone could say about Nortel.

Cons

Beginning with the .com crash, Engineers at Nortel went from being a cherished asset to being hourly supervised workers except without the hourly overtime pay. The level of work that the management demanded meant 10-12 hour days on the average and about 2 weekends a month. If engineers balked at that, it was ominously hinted at that they were "not team players" and were probably on the list for the next round of never ending layoffs.The best and brightest engineers left in droves and those that were left were micromanaged almost to death and made to feel like peons. Then they canceled the Pension plan , gave no raises for a full 8 years (except of course for the Senior Management), and provided progressively shabbier health/dental/vision plans. Then, when everyone thought it couldn't get worse, they declared bankruptcy and reneged on everyone's promised severance package and threw thousands of good engineers out into the worst depression since the 1930s.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There was no discernible leadership at Nortel so it would be pretty hard to think of advice to give them.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Nortel Networks

  1.  

    Great place.. too bad going bankrupt

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    It was a flexible working environment, and allowed you to have a personal life and not be totally bogged down at work.

    Cons

    Senior management was always changing the road map of the company. And leaders seemed to be interested in self then Nortel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, I do not think there is any body left to give advice to. So i guess i would say.. run for the hills!

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Travel - Travel

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Travel - great place if you want to travel - pick a good region and you will have the time of your life.

    Cons

    Work - - life balance. Since you will mostly be on the road you better not have a family life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more time for weekend travel - - back to one's home. It will greatly improve work product and moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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