Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
433 Reviews
3.2
433 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
88 Ratings

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)

  • 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.  

    Great place, great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to work here. It had a start-up kind of feel. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the atmosphere. Very competent workforce, great teamwork. Excellent value delivered to the customer. Everybody took pride in their work.

    Cons

    The company finally went bankrupt, and had to be sold off piecemeal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Financial management of the company was mishandled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None that I can remember

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The people I worked with are great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    R & D division has had great talents.

    Cons

    Executive management team did not care about people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No directions for people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great at first, bad as company went under

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    When I first started working there in 1997, it was really great.

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt. The last years of weekly world-wide layoffs were very stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing politics between divisions. You have competitors out there happy to take away your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place ever

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, dress code, great employee events. I loved this place!

    Cons

    Nortel no longer exists so you won't get paid if you still work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greedy sobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Electrical engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    good company lot things to leanr

    Cons

    bad management they bankrupted the company

  8.  

    Excellent "first job" opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Instability, constant lay-offs, constantly shifting focuses

  9.  

    It was overall positive, but the atmosphere was awkward

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice People
    Work from home sometimes

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of employees
    Commute was kind of long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like they are part of the process.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    22 years of multiple roles

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    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Manager  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Manager in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and people. In heyday, great product vision. Often developed evolutionary products that were firsts in the industry.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Dishonest accounting and crazy acquisitions diluted stock. Over building of offices and factories led to way too much debt. Greed and poor planning. Success requried them to develop firsts to succeed. Operations and processes were poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now. Should have gone slower with expansions instead of planning/assuming business would double year after year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Bubble blast

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

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

    Pros

    Great technologies, great potential, products that serve purpose.

    Cons

    Management was clueless, money hungry with no vision on how to keep a 100 year old company with experience and 1 billion worth of patents in business. Sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to jail and do not collect 200$.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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