Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 424 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.1 424 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(85 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables"
    in 27 reviews
  • "The ability to work from home was great"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management made poor buying decisions"
    in 29 reviews
  • "There is absolutely NO job security at Nortel, at least in GPS (was GNPS, second-level support)"
    in 12 reviews
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    Nortel Europe ruined my pension after 20 years of service

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

    ProsAccess 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.

    ConsDeceitful 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 Senior ManagementRealise 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    badly managed. Too many project cancelled

    Senior\r Development Manager (Former Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsSome of the most talented engineers worked at Nortel.

    ConsLack of experienced managers and lack of good Sales force

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    ProsInnovation, bleeding edge product development

    ConsPoor management. Couldn't see beyond their own vision

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsGood people. Good pay. Good benefits

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your workers. If you had, you might not have gone bankrupt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    in the death throws of nortel

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

    Prosnice people to work with

    Conseverything else - constantley on the backfoot

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bad company

    General Manager (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Prosno pros, just back memory

    Consback credit, everything is bad, going down

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Death of an Industry Giant

    Senior Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsGreat place to work with many smart inovative people. Good Benefits. competitive salaries. Great products and a wonderful customer base

    ConsExecutive churn and mismanagment caused the downfall of this company. Late to the market with products because of a lack of focus and comitment.

    Advice to Senior Managementto late now

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    life with nortel for more then 10 years

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros"BIG' corporation, "stability", "depth of technologies"

    Conscuts life hell, down to nowhere

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company is gone now

    Solutions Consultant (Current Employee)
    Las Vegas, NV

    ProsIt was a wonderful place to work with innovative, brilliant thinkers and an active participant in the creation and expansion of the information superhighway. Great work/life balance and great middle management.

    ConsWell, corruption at the highest levels sunk this company. Fudging financial numbers and stuffing pockets of the top tier destroyed Nortel. There are no jobs to be had here. Goodbye, Nortel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    WENT CROOKED

    Electronic Technician (Former Employee)
    Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    ProsPaid well. Trained well. Was proud, at one time, to work for them.

    ConsSold there people out! We had a great product, and because of greed, we lost everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart issuing write ups to the workers who don't work, and stop leaning on the ones who do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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