Nortel Networks Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
433 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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88 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 27 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home was great (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 29 reviews)

  • Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees (in 14 reviews)

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45 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great company and good people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good pay , flexibility and career advancement.

    Cons

    Filed chapter 11 in 2009. Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for back in its heyday

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    Former Employee - DMS Hardware Development  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - DMS Hardware Development in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good salaries, most employees I interacted with were given plenty of freedom. The facilities were nice (outside of all the cubicles), and they had a nice dining hall.

    Cons

    The company was really struggling financially and layoffs were happening with frightening regularity. Some (actually most) of their offices in the RTP area were huge cubicle farms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess it's too late for it to matter now.

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

    Great at first, bad as company went under

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    When I first started working there in 1997, it was really great.

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt. The last years of weekly world-wide layoffs were very stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing politics between divisions. You have competitors out there happy to take away your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company in the early days. Started going downhill overtime.

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Interacted with great people on a day to day basis, co-workers.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs and job stability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The work was challenging and very rewarding. I liked to work in a fast-paced environment

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    Former Employee - Benefits Specialist/Human Resources Specialist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Benefits Specialist/Human Resources Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Very good environment with excellent co-workers

    Cons

    In January 2009, the Company filed bankruptcy and it became difficult to stay motivated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    motivate employees an give valuable feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and people, just a couple of bad executive leaders.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Good Salary and Coworkers. Excellent place to work.

    Cons

    Executive Financial Officers took us down and out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    $9B quarters and we let it slip away, wow!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Was a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Various Over the Years  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Various Over the Years in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary, good atmosphere, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Bankrupt and out of business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too bad about the mismanagement that led to the downfall of a 100 year old company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work at. Many employee perks and incentives.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits we excellent

    Cons

    Company no longer exist, sold off into different business units

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    GREAT place to work, until the bankruptcy.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Challenging work. Flexible schedule. Excellent pay.

    Cons

    Repeated layoffs. Too many management changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notify employee of the reorg before it shows up in a company wide presentation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A giant that didn't make the right tech bets

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Business Development in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits, good training

    Cons

    Bad strategic vision and investments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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