Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
441 Reviews

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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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87 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.  

    Good opportunity at a large company

    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good product line and vision. Good balance of customer and profit. Established processes and procedures. Capable leadership and large enough to provide opportunities for growth. Good teamwork between groups and communications from management is effective. Review process is effective and timely.

    Cons

    It is a big company so has some of the big company disadvantages. Decisions take some time to be approved and implemented. Upward mobility also is available but takes tie and patience. Not always effective in merging acquired companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good amount of communications. Good leadership and vision.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A giant that didn't make the right tech bets

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Business Development in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits, good training

    Cons

    Bad strategic vision and investments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    -Colleagues, service and support groups

    Cons

    -Inability to manage product portfolio
    - Poor acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bad management

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    pretty flexible in term of H1B and green card application

    Cons

    no direction on product development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Crazy ride.

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    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer  in  Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Senior RF Engineer in Sunrise, FL

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

    Pros

    People, technology, on the job training, benefits, compensation, conferences, networking, travel, diversity, bonuses, salary, incentives, invention awards, recognition, automated systems and services.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy filing, repeated multiple criminal investigations, stock option loss, pension fund transferred to PBGC, layoffs of many good friends, uncertainty and confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Nortel was a great place to work until the dot com bubble burst and then the management couldn't successfully downsize.

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    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Work/family balance until around 2000.

    Cons

    Sr. Management killed the company and couldn't downsize as they needed to scale back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No upper management left as the company is Bankrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Professional Services at Bay Networks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work for. Empower you to do your best.

    Cons

    Market competitions, expanding out were very challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Management

    Recommends
  10.  

    Nortel - gone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Technology challenges faded, but business acumen sharpened by slow demise over 10 years

    Cons

    Tough to work for a company in bankruptcy followed by liquidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Software engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work for

    Cons

    The company filed bankruptcy in 2010

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have managed better, was a great place

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