Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 411 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.1 411 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(82 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Training investment, work/life balance, generous total compensation package"
    in 26 reviews
  • "The ability to work from home was great"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management made poor buying decisions"
    in 29 reviews
  • "There is absolutely NO job security at Nortel, at least in GPS (was GNPS, second-level support)"
    in 11 reviews
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Nortel - gone.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks for more than 10 years

ProsTechnology challenges faded, but business acumen sharpened by slow demise over 10 years

ConsTough to work for a company in bankruptcy followed by liquidation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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First technology job out of college

Senior Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than a year

ProsCompany had a large corporate structure with great benefits and many very experienced members of their team.

ConsThey were going bankrupt and people were afraid of being laid off at any time (like i was). The company would lie to employees saying everything was great, and then let another group go.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and upfront with where the company stands.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software engineer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

ProsGreat place to work for

ConsThe company filed bankruptcy in 2010

Advice to Senior ManagementShould have managed better, was a great place

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Fantastic Company

Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor for more than a year

ProsComfortable environment, top notch tools, treated well

ConsLike all big companies, some politics, to many meetings

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Supply Chain

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

ProsNone, Nothing left but 5 people

ConsBankrupt, Poor management, great business case how to run a business into the ground

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a great time until it was run into the ground.

Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC

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

ProsGood people. Good pay. Good benefits

ConsPoor executive branch. Some of them had no idea as to what their workers were actually doing.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your workers. If you had, you might not have gone bankrupt.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company while it lasted!

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Richardson, TX

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

Proswork culture, benefits, atmosphere, compensation, 401k match

Consmis-management by senior execs, cost overspends

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Project Manager (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEmployee friendly, larger company offering compete set of solutions

Conshierarchical system and different groups not sharing information

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Love this company

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC

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

ProsTraining investment, work/life balance, generous total compensation package

ConsDot.com bust and disreputable management decisions lead Nortel to bankruptcy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company but struggled to remain competitive

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
Overland Park, KS

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

ProsGood benefits and good people; opportunities for training although job movement could be a challenge

ConsToo many acquisitions drained cash flow
Management made some odd strategic decisions
Hard to shed old Telco mentality

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to take risks for future growth
Don't hold on to non profitable divisions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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