Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
98 Ratings

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. Bankruptcy Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bankruptcy Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Bankruptcy Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Nortel Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked at Nortel Networks in Toronto during the bankruptcy. Management I worked with were intelligent, capable and genuinely concerned about the bankruptcy outcome.

    Cons

    Bad situation for a great company.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should have made the changes they developed before the bankruptcy process was put into place.


  2. Nice company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    easy going, great team members, very approachable and a great team to work for and learn. Some very experienced members on the team

    Cons

    A little too laid back, they need to ensure their targets and priorities change every year and keep growing

    Advice to Management

    A bit more aggressiveness in career progression - some folks don't seem to advance, or want to advance despite being in the same role and level for years


  3. Nortel Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great company with good pay and all

    Cons

    Long hours, changes a lot and not much new things to learn


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  5. Director, Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Franklin, TN

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

    Pros

    Excellent company! Great benefits, salaries, excellent products!

    Cons

    Top management drove the company in the ground!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!


  6. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    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

    nortel was a stable workplace. it had good 401 k matching, like 100 % match up to 5 %. work environment mostly relaxed. lt had a reasonable to good work life balance

    Cons

    it wasn't really a successful company. the stock never did well. people were not super motivated across the board. there was a lot of lackluster coworkers

    Advice to Management

    they need to motivate employees more. have a strong policy to enforce performance. better vision in marketing for product roadmap.


  7. Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Interesting work, always challenging. Great people to work with. Worked for them for 14 years and would have stayed longer.

    Cons

    Questionable top management back in late 90s


  8. Senior Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Logistics in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Logistics in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nortel was a large company and had a lot of opportunity to find your position. They also invested in product development.

    Cons

    Financially unstable. Management did not see the reduction in the telecom industry and did not react quickly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Need to review and react more quickly. Also need to improve the level of accountability for each senior manager.


  9. Sr. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    wonderful colleages and work enviroment

    Cons

    Unable to keep company afloat


  10. engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, pay,work environment. Always had the tools that we needed or had the ability to get the tools developed or purchased.

    Cons

    financial misguidance, poor budget planning. Upper management was not properly connected to the needs of the customer and did not adapt to what the customers changing needs were

    Advice to Management

    Allow the people in the front line roles to express what they are seeing in the field and use this input to drive future paths


  11. Software Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This was a Good company.

    Cons

    However they went Bankrupt sometime ago.



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