Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 424 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.1 424 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(85 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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
  • "There is absolutely NO job security at Nortel, at least in GPS (was GNPS, second-level support)"
    in 12 reviews
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    Great company and good people.

    Senior Manager, IT (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsGood pay , flexibility and career advancement.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsFriendly environment, good product line,acknowledgement of work and industry standard perks

    ConsUnfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsBend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    ConsCompany went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Channel Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat company to work for before the bankruptcy

    ConsPoor Executive Level Management which killed this company

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf it had been better managed on the executive level, it would probably still be a great company today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for back in its heyday

    DMS Hardware Development (Former Employee)
    Morrisville, NC

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementI guess it's too late for it to matter now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nortel Networks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood products and people, green networking products that use less energy.

    ConsPoorly run company. Difficult to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on ease of doing business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outstanding company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNortel is the best company I have worked for because it had a great culture built around its employees.

    ConsCan't think of any cons.

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    Great until Bankruptcy

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Bohemia, NY

    ProsAwesome benefits. Great company to work for - great products and great middle management.

    ConsCxO's that ran the company into the ground and ruined may peoples lives.

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    Great place, great people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsIt was a privilege and a pleasure to work here. It had a start-up kind of feel. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the atmosphere. Very competent workforce, great teamwork. Excellent value delivered to the customer. Everybody took pride in their work.

    ConsThe company finally went bankrupt, and had to be sold off piecemeal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFinancial management of the company was mishandled.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsGreat company to work for

    ConsNone that I can remember

    Advice to Senior ManagementLove management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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