Nortel Networks Reviews in Ottawa, ON

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
441 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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  1.  

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

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    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.  

    Amazing first year then it all went downhill

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    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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Great place to work while it lasted

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    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
  6.  

    great company at one time

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    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
  7.  

    A lot of learning experience

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    Current Employee - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work as inter in Optera branch. Mainly focus on firmware development. While there, I get to learn new technology, work independent, and under minimal supervision.

    Cons

    A lot of learning at beginning. You would have to work on your own with minimal help from mentor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    gained extensive hands on experience, fortunate to work for a great team

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    Former Employee - Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great culture before going bankrupt. not so much anymore.

    Cons

    no clear direction anymore, job security no longer something on the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Had a long and varied career - too bad that top management steered it into the ditch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Nortel was able to offer lots of opportunities with varied assignments and lots of interesting work.

    The best part was the high percentage of wonderful people to work with. The talent that was assembled was truly great.

    Nortel created some amazing products and was a class leader in its heyday.

    Facilities were good, equipment was high quality.

    Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables.

    Cons

    Upper management dropped the ball and we all know what happened as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intership

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of Freebies, Excellent work environment

    Cons

    Company closed down otherwise great!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent company to work for, before it went into bankruptcy protection

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good salary, a lot of knowledgeable workforce

    Cons

    unstable management, leading to the company's fall

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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