Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews in Canada

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
445 Reviews
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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 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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102 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, Great People, Great Products, but Poor Upper Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic to work with such talented people on world class products! We listened to our customers and our designers and, by doing so, created the most reliable and feature rich telecommunication products in the world.

    Cons

    Last few CEOs did not understand the business and started cost cutting and layoffs which improved their bonuses but killed innovation, hurt moral, and destroyed customer confidence. Trust your staff. They created the business and have a passion and desire to have that success continue. Employees were treated as a liability rather than the intellectual assets that made the company what it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead through vision, not cost cutting. Listen to your people. Together Nortel could have had an excellent future. Instead, management threatened employees with firing and verbal abuse if the disagreed with any proposed changes. A company cannot function that way for long, and Nortel died after 125 years of success thanks to this poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A Learning Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Even though you had a set job description with corresponding responsibilities, there was always the opportunity to try new things, join new projects, etc - never ending on-the-job learning potential.
    Very courteous and professional colleagues.

    Cons

    The Company filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and has closed it's doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No longer applicable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unfortunate Loss

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nortel was a Canadian icon with plenty of intellectual property. A lot of money was spent on R&D & it owned many patents still in use today.

    Cons

    It's unfortunate that mismanagement & the financial crisis finally put this company into bankruptcy. Selling the right line of business of at the right time could have meant that other lines of business would continue to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain information & make a clear decision. Don't freeze when put in a position to determine a company's future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing first year then it all went downhill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Onsite gym, excellent benefits, lots of perks and excellent hands-on technology. Probably artificial but had 8 consecutive quarters of pay increases from 1999 to 2001. Essentially my salary rose 50%! But then stayed the same...

    Cons

    Dysfunctional performance reviews, really low morale the last few years, greedy and incompetent management.

    In 5 years there not once did I advance professionally. Every performance review I received was excellent, but the economic situation of the company rarely promoted anyone from within unless you were upper brass management. You were told you still had a job and they used that weight to keep your pseudo-high salary alive.

    As layoffs progressed, cubicle land became desolate so more opted to work from home. I recall in 2005 I was the only employee near 4 pillars of my lab. Finally they relocated/consolidated everyone from that lab into another lab. Shortly after that expensive move our group was told "the news".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A fantastic experience

    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with incredible talented people.

    Cons

    Execs suffered of analysis paralisys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  7.  

    Great place to work while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Felt respected, well compensated, and had interesting work to do

    Cons

    Poor CEO resulted in company all but disappearing. Not sure there's anything left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    R&D is important. Drasticly cutting back on R&D may have resulted in short-term gain in share price, but killed the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    - Extremely nice colleagues
    - Well maintained campus

    Cons

    - Can be hard getting a project started

  9.  

    Jr. Recruiter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good food, good gym

    Cons

    Poor Management, not enough appreciation, lack of motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve your work

  10.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This was a great Canadian company to work for. It was the pride of a nation for over a century and provided many opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Greedy executives got in the way. Sadly, they tried to bring in too many American Execs who were more concernded with picking the bones dry than saving what was left of a Canadian institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great company at one time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great company at one time

    Cons

    The company was once great but was not managed in the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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