Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated June 17, 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. don

    Former Employee - Supply Chain Controller in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Controller in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    don't advice to anyone!

    Cons

    don't like the company, the culture,people working for this company get used to work like a retired man!

    Advice to Management

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  2. good for a new graduate student

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At Nortel, if you are new graduate, you will learn a lot of technology. From program language, code standard, to telecomm. protocols, you also got professional training. This helps your future career. Nortel was too nice to employees.

    Cons

    At Nortel, sometimes you feel the overlap of product developments. Also there are some employee just came for earn money, instead they did not make contribution to code.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately Nortel was gone. I cannot make advices to the management team. I know some of the managers moved to RIM, then they made RIM gone. The culture of Nortel is too good to allow lazy people stay here.


  3. Great over all

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Nice place to work in

    Cons

    Nothing really all is great over there

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead


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  5. Company has no future

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

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

    Pros

    In its heyday Nortel provided an opportunity to make a career out of a job. Since their stock plummeted, it has become a death sentance

    Cons

    Employee Morale was very, very low. Nobody has any faith in the future of the company. Every one is overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, and fast


  6. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. A Learning Opportunity

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

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

    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 Management

    No longer applicable


  8. Amazing first year then it all went downhill

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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".


  9. Unfortunate Loss

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. 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 Management

    N/A


  11. 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



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