Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 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 (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
  3. 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 (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
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  5. Professional Services at Bay Networks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (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
  6. Nortel - gone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks (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
  7. First technology job out of college

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company had a large corporate structure with great benefits and many very experienced members of their team.

    Cons

    They were going bankrupt and people were afraid of being laid off at any time (like i was). The company would lie to employees saying everything was great, and then let another group go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and upfront with where the company stands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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

  9. 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
  10. Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    None, Nothing left but 5 people

    Cons

    Bankrupt, Poor management, great business case how to run a business into the ground

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great company while it lasted!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    work culture, benefits, atmosphere, compensation, 401k match

    Cons

    mis-management by senior execs, cost overspends

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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