Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
434 Reviews
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434 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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89 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.  

    My experience with Nortel was a brilliant experience.

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    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Commercial Specialist in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for 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
  2.  

    Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer III  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for 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
  3.  

    Great company and good people.

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

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    Management should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

    Recommends
  6.  

    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Great until Bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Bohemia, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bohemia, NY

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  10.  

    Great company to work for back in its heyday

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    Former Employee - DMS Hardware Development  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - DMS Hardware Development in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Nortel Networks as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    I guess it's too late for it to matter now.

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

    Nortel Networks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poorly run company. Difficult to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on ease of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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