Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. Software Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    This was a Good company.

    Cons

    However they went Bankrupt sometime ago.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. Nortel had a dynamic and innovative culture that created a positive and energetic atmosphere for employees

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    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, along with a very talented pool of employees

    Cons

    Leadership was not good at managing the financial affairs of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Chapter 11 - Not Necessary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Strong Products in Wireless infrastructure, Telephony, Networking and Optical Networks
    Cohesive committed employee base with strong culture
    Strong Brand Recognition

    Cons

    Burden of financial restructure in mid 2000's
    Execs unable to monetize IP value
    Business failed to leverage Services as a profitable strength

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chapter 11 was easy way out. Add up the sale of businesses and IP and you more than cover your debt. So Why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Nortel is gone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    It was a good place to work

    Cons

    There was some hard decisions that had to be made. It took too long to make them.

  6. Good technology, bad leadership

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Lots of areas for growth with many different technologies

    Cons

    Certain technologies only available in certain geographical locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much heavy brass, old thinking leadership. Need to be more lean and nimble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Director Services

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    Former Employee - Director of Services
    Former Employee - Director of Services

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Great Place To Work, people were great.

    Cons

    Bankrupt, no longer in business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great career opportunities, smart people but ultimately ineffective leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Innovative company
    Smart people
    Great career opportunities and flexibility for movement (when the company was doing well)

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership
    Ego and lack of honest communication and effective decision making among leadership

  9. progressively worse corporate culture as they headed toward bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    great people, excellent networking and leadership development opportunities. Expatriate experience was top notch.

    Cons

    too much expected of too few people as they headed toward bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value people more, respect boundaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Outstanding products, excellent engineers. Good salaries.

    Cons

    Bad management caused the company to go bankrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great company to have worked for.

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    Former Employee - Operations Leader in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Leader in Sunrise, FL

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and they took care of the people that were driven

    Cons

    Not much to say but unfortunate that the economy hurt Nortel.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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