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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
457 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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98 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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  1.  

    Company has no future

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    In its heyday Nortel provided an opportunity to make a career out of a job. Since their stock plummeted, it has become a death sentance

    Cons

    Employee Morale was very, very low. Nobody has any faith in the future of the company. Every one is overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell, and fast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    poor management, not challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    I don't advice this company to anybody

    Cons

    nothing to advice or tell about this company that's why I worked less than 6 months

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Jr. Recruiter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good food, good gym

    Cons

    Poor Management, not enough appreciation, lack of motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve your work

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  5.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This was a great Canadian company to work for. It was the pride of a nation for over a century and provided many opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Greedy executives got in the way. Sadly, they tried to bring in too many American Execs who were more concernded with picking the bones dry than saving what was left of a Canadian institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nortel Europe ruined my pension after 20 years of service

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Harlow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Harlow, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Access to working on leading edge high speed, long distance data communications technology and the benefit of working with major customers such as British Telecom and collaboration with other European telcos such as Deutsche bundespost, France telecom, telettra, etc on major joint venture contracts.

    Cons

    Deceitful management culture was rife, with use of major work stolen by senior managers and career advancement through merit non existent. Salary and career progression very poor with no additional reward for continuous professional development or gaining chartered engineer status.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realise that honesty and fair treatment of your professional staff is the best policy. Do not wait until your best technical staff find a better paid job and then hand in their resignation before you agree to promote them and pay them close to their true market value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    badly managed. Too many project cancelled

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    Former Employee - Senior\r Development Manager in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior\r Development Manager in Billerica, MA

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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented engineers worked at Nortel.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced managers and lack of good Sales force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of how products progress. Keep a close relation with the engineers not to lose them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Innovation, bleeding edge product development

    Cons

    Poor management. Couldn't see beyond their own vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great time until it was run into the ground.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good people. Good pay. Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor executive branch. Some of them had no idea as to what their workers were actually doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers. If you had, you might not have gone bankrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    in the death throws of nortel

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    everything else - constantley on the backfoot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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