Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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. Amazing company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    the benefits are great: dental, vision, medical. Even pet care they provide Nice employees and good team work environment

    Cons

    Too bad the company went through so much. Unfortunately they did not do well with their sales and it was poorly managed by the high ups

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and allow for them to be included in decisions


  2. Helpful (2)

    TOO BAD, GREAT COMPANY!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved working at Nortel. It was a truly healthy place to work, people were great and work life balance fantastic.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy and mountains and mountains of lawsuits. The three Canadian executives which put Nortel into their death spiral got off, so no justice for a great company.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to mention, company is gone. Current companies like Nortel are following suit by laying off constantly. Working in telecom sucks, it's a dog eat dog field of work.


  3. Rest in Peace

    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good times....a lot of excellent people worked for Nortel. A shame it all imploded.

    Cons

    Poor executive decision making at the end....the "all things to all people" strategy didn't work. We should have sold off the secondary businesses and put a laser focus on one or two.

    Advice to Management

    Hope all is well wherever you landed. It was a good run while it lasted.....won't see that ever again in my career.


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  5. What a mess

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    Former Employee - Technician, Doc Engineer, Commish in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technician, Doc Engineer, Commish in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked in R&D for about 10 years and literally got to build the labs from scratch. I also learned so much about every aspect of cutting-edge telecom at the time. Working around the clock was never an issue as it didn't feel like work to me.

    Cons

    The carousel of CEOs like the ever-smirking John Roth all talking tough, then taking off with their golden parachutes caused the demise of Nortel. Lower management got into the fever, too, literally throwing everything into the trash that didn't cooperate - a laptop with a bad battery, tons of copper wire, etc.

    Advice to Management

    This will happen again and again to other companies out of selfishness, and if your company does anything like Nortel did and its numbers resemble Nortels, you're doing things seriously wrong.


  6. Bankruptcy Consultant

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    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.


  7. Nice company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  8. 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


  9. Director, Marketing

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    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!


  10. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    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.


  11. Great company to work for.

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

    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



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