Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated June 21, 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. 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!


  2. Software Engineer

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    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.


  3. Great company to work for.

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    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


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  5. Senior Manager

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    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.


  6. Sr. Manager

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    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


  7. engineer

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    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


  8. 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.


  9. Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - friendly place
    - normal benefits but no bonuses
    - interesting technology

    Cons

    - got to manage up
    - executives focused on their on thing
    - bad go to market

    Advice to Management

    - people people people
    - market market market


  10. Good people at Nortel

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I really like working at Nortel. Salaries and compensation were very competitive.

    Cons

    Nortel bought too many companies that didn't add enough to the bottom line.


  11. 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

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

    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 Management

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting



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