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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
457 Reviews
3.4
457 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
99 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good technology, bad leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Director Services

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    • Senior Management
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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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Great company to have worked for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, great place to work

    Cons

    no longer exists, too bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    not a place to work any more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, bad management is

    Cons

    bad management test is new

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out or leave employees alone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sad end to a company with a wonderful and long legacy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great technological innovation in its day, recognized leader in telecommunications advances that gave us caller id and voice over ip, but couldn't get out of its own way in the end

    Cons

    succumbed to the crash of 2009 and self interests of the top leaders; declared bankruptcy in 2009, after top leaders ensured they got what they needed out of the company coffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should have moved faster and with more determination in changing the company culture; employees dedicated themselves to the company and its legacy, but leaders too worried about their own position to care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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