Nortel Networks

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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
450 Reviews
3.3
450 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people, ahead of its time in many ways, unfortunately poor management at the top lead to bankruptcy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Vendor Manager/Strategic Sourcing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Global Vendor Manager/Strategic Sourcing Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Remain friends and large network of former co-workers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately no longer in business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was a fantastic place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and full autonomy

    Cons

    bankrupt.. need I say more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You killed the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very Good Place for new graduates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good training and mentoring mechanism. Very good culture. Nice people....

    Cons

    Business outlook is getting worse
    marketing is not good

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, but gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Wonderful workplace
    - Big lab

    Cons

    - bankrupted
    - financially risky
    - Problem in product direction

  6.  

    Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good compensation and good environment to work for,

    Cons

    interesting management and very forward looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Former employees remember it fondly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Director
    Former Employee - IS Director

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Nortel provided career and educational opportunities and rewarded employees; employees worked together as one team, one family

    Cons

    Decisions made at the highest levels left the company exposed and unable to recover

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Opportunities to grow in many different functions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    High technology products and services helping people communicate in all regions of the world. Constantly challenging environment with support from management to grow the business.

    Cons

    Performance reviews were an "event" some years with some managers but well worthwhile with managers who took objective setting and management to those targets seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage cash better - led to bankruptcy protection status. Significant effort and committment seen even once bankruptcy protections status was in place.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Build up solid software development background

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Touch many high-tech knowledge
    Work with intelligent colleagues
    Profit is good

    Cons

    Some management needs to be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to have either strong technique ability or good communications with teammates or both.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A very good work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Manager in Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Information Manager in Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Working for Nortel made me grow not olnly as a human being but as professional, in this place I found a wonderful atmosphere where I made some good friends, as I grew in knowledge not only from my job but the people I was surrounded by great proffesionals who taught me to view the job as a means to give yourself as a human being and produce results for the company you work for.

    Cons

    The main downside from my experience in Nortel was that the company entered in a liquidation process which eventually led to the closing of the company, which was a great place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The feedback I can give is that all former employees from Nortel, keep the way they worked, while being employed by Nortel, and continue to grow in their own careers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Database Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Database Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Phenomenal immediate management. Worked as part of high perfomance team. High recognition of employee value.

    Cons

    The company went bankrupt; hence highest level of management not so capable.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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