Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Good amount of communications. Good leadership and vision.


  2. GREAT place to work, until the bankruptcy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work. Flexible schedule. Excellent pay.

    Cons

    Repeated layoffs. Too many management changes.

    Advice to Management

    Notify employee of the reorg before it shows up in a company wide presentation.


  3. Excellent products; poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and good technology

    Cons

    Shifting priorities too often to execute

    Advice to Management

    Keep better books and hold management accountable


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  5. A giant that didn't make the right tech bets

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits, good training

    Cons

    Bad strategic vision and investments


  6. Bad management

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pretty flexible in term of H1B and green card application

    Cons

    no direction on product development


  7. badly managed. Too many project cancelled

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most talented engineers worked at Nortel.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced managers and lack of good Sales force

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Crazy ride.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Tell the truth.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    No upper management left as the company is Bankrupt.


  10. Professional Services at Bay Networks

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Market competitions, expanding out were very challenging

    Advice to Management

    Good Management


  11. Nortel - gone.

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.



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