Nortel Networks Reviews in Ottawa, ON

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
435 Reviews
3.2
435 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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90 Ratings

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.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work with incredible talented people.

    Cons

    Execs suffered of analysis paralisys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for 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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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of Freebies, Excellent work environment

    Cons

    Company closed down otherwise great!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 for more than a 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
  10.  

    It was a great place to start a career..

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The pay was competitive, the chance to learn different skills and technologies was unmatched. Great atmosphere and collegial, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Obviously.. absolutely no idea when it was all going to implode, which it did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have avoided some bad acquisitions, became too spread out and the finances were a mess. Never able to make a consistent profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Support

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Innovation, bleeding edge product development

    Cons

    Poor management. Couldn't see beyond their own vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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