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
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Product manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly, larger company offering compete set of solutions

    Cons

    hierarchical system and different groups not sharing information

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Love this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Training investment, work/life balance, generous total compensation package

    Cons

    Dot.com bust and disreputable management decisions lead Nortel to bankruptcy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company but struggled to remain competitive

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people; opportunities for training although job movement could be a challenge

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions drained cash flow
    Management made some odd strategic decisions
    Hard to shed old Telco mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to take risks for future growth
    Don't hold on to non profitable divisions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Long Career that funded a great lifestyle, college education and wedding for my daughter

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

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

    Pros

    Payed well and was big enough to allow a variety of career experiences that created very good employee mobility. It was a terrific place in the 90s and the learning environment was dynamic and challenging.

    Cons

    Towards the end, the whole company got into bunker mentality and became more and more internally focused. This is the point at which many customers wanted other options. It was also very political in the core. We had a great reputation as firefighters. That's because in a crisis, all the organization BS was set aside and we focused on the task. After the crisis, we reverted to type.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No longer relevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great workplace

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    Former Employee - Product Support in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Product Support in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, always something new to work on

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, upper management only in it for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be so greedy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

    Unfaithfull to their contractors/contract obligations.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Stayed away from me and let me work. My contract had me working onsite at a fortune 500 corporation and they were very happy with my work, so Nortel Mgt had no reason to bother me.
    6 month contract extended three times into two full years.

    Cons

    Nortel Enterpise Operate was contracted to provide onsite services, they sub-contracted through a technical staffing company. After a couple of contract extensions they made me switch to a different staffing company which made me go through crap to get hired through the new company because their standard contract was so assinine that I would not sign. I made them rewrite 17 points of the contract or I would not continue the successfull work I was already onsite and doing. They had to cave, but how stupid. Then, Nortel Enterprise Operate never told the orginating staffing company what was going on and abanded them, and me to tell them I was no longer working for their company.
    When the contract for the client finaly did end, Nortel provided me with no support in finding another position within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All are gone and/or merged into AVAYA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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