Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
441 Reviews
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441 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
93 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.  

    Loved working at Nortel

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Best products. Best people, Best Customers, Best work life balence.

    Cons

    Accounting scandal, too many unknowns, no future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't have sold the 5 business units.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company I ever worked for

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Terrific products, good collaborative culture, innovative teams, and an exciting marketplace

    Cons

    Overly complex organization structure, too many market directions, complicated processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company was essentially dissolved and sold off in parts to other entities, so no need to suggest advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The people working there were top notch.

    Cons

    Mismanaged into the ground. The constant threat of layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    My experience with Nortel was a brilliant experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Great office culture with open door policy. Excellent benefits and room for personal growth.

    Cons

    Nortel went out of business 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am interested in a work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    I liked the work I was doing.

    Cons

    They have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in tune with the people that actually do thw rok.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and good people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good pay , flexibility and career advancement.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

    Recommends
  9.  

    Customer Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Bend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Channel Manager

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    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for before the bankruptcy

    Cons

    Poor Executive Level Management which killed this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If it had been better managed on the executive level, it would probably still be a great company today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

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