Nortel Networks
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Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

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A once-proud company going down for the second time.

Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
Richardson, TX

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsA player in the cutting edge of technology. Good educational opportunities. The possibility of advancing in management rapidly (if that is your career goal).

ConsAuthoritarian management, sometimes ridiculous work hours, poor place for advancement for purely technical people. If you are not a manager, you are treated as a piece of equipment, to be used and then discarded. Poor quality of products.
Management focuses entirely on deadlines, and products are rushed to market with little or no testing and are consequently of very poor quality. Time that could be spent on doing the job right the first time is instead spent on patching a very flawed program so it works at some minimal level of reliability.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people as assets to the company, not liabilities. Focus on long-term goals, not just the closest deadline. At this point, however, it may be too late......

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nortel is going nowhere very fast!

Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsA lot of freedom is given to employees. You also have the ability to work from home.

ConsCompany going down the drain. Cost cutting is spreading like a cancer and that is their excuse for everything. Management doesn't really care anymore, to "busy" to care about anything.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to retire, make way for younger more fresh ideas. Mike Z's 5 year plan might as well turn into a 15 year plan. Always excuses for why the company is in the condition it's in.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A great gig while it lasts

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsNortel, despite scaling back quite a bit, still has a very good benefits packages. You get almost 30 days of paid time off (between vacation days, corporate holidays, and a floating "personal holiday"), which really helps with work/life balance. Nortel, at least in my experience, has been very tolerant of office employees who want to work at home occasionally.

ConsThe obvious downside is that the company isn't doing too well. You never know how long your job is going to be around. The cost cutting has others effects you can see around the workplace. Things just aren't maintained the way they used to be - printers are frequently broken, projectors hard to find, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis company needs major restructuring and cost cotting. Make those hard decisions and make them sooner rather than later. It will make the employees happier to have a better idea of where the company is going.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Family oriented but to survive, job cuts have been made and work hours are increasing for those of us still around.

Manager (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsFamily oriented company but with workforce reductions, its getting harder and harder to take time off without impacting job performance. Very casual, laid back work atmosphere and those that have hung in there are a great bunch of folks.

ConsMultitude of systems that don't talk to each other, manual intervention of tasks to keep things rolling. More and more, the screws are tightening on the front line workers as if 90% of the company is worried about performance improvement and the other 10% is actually doing the work... reminds me of that Office Space episode where everyone keeps asking for the same "TPS" report over and over....

Advice to Senior ManagementNortel is in survival mode right now, though our senior leadership team is relatively new, they stepped into this mess and with the current economic issues, it's only getting worse. I respect the fact that they appear to be here for the long haul.

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Nortel is out of runway.....

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsSalary. Nothing else. Benefits have eroded, all in the favor of Nortel and none in the favor of the employee. Pay increases have been non-existent for the past 6 years and bonuses paid out at 50% or less for the same period. Thus, the one reason to remain with this company is quickly approaching the point of no return.

ConsLong hours
Constant threat of layoff / RIF
Constant reorganization
Lack of direction strategically, other than survival
Being 3 years into a three year turnaround plan, with no noticeable progress. 10 for 1 reverse split retired stock but stock price is once again hovering at $1 (or $0.10, pre-dilution)

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some business classes, preferably MBA, and apply the fundamentals. If you do not have the requisite skillset for the role, step aside and let someone who does take over for you. Billions have been lost on malfeasance, greed and outright fraud.

Formulate a plan and execute. It IS that simple.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nortel with its final stake in LTE

Engineer (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsDiverse company -
Mutliple techonolgies to work.
To get experience in different areas.
Global Compaany Locations.
If people are lazy it is relaxed place to work as well, due to this reason lot of people with zeal to work and has rocket thrust in them found Nortel not right place for them.

ConsNo Job security - Every Information session from Top Executives bring one news for sure - Layoffs ..... i mean inevitable layoffs.
No Career developement - Not much invested in career develpment for employees.
Highly de-motivational atmosphere - Even leaders in organization are loosing motivation.
Sinking Ship - Do i need to say more, the company is less then 0.01% in last 8 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee career path definition.
Change intermediate Management, as top management does have good ideas, but intermediate Management do not let ideas flow to the grass root level. This is why there is a constant decline, eventhought some very good measures were proposed or introduced by top management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be a good place to work

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Richardson, TX

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsThey have good employees and good benefit packages. The people of Nortel are bright engineers and they do have a lot of innovation in their careers. The management respected their employees.

ConsLayoff continues too long from 2000 until present. It decreases the moral of people who work there. Another thing is the top management does have clear vision. Change frequently at the top-level management does not help either.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe senior management must focus on empower engineers. It also needs to make sure where the company headed is right one because they will not be able to start and later cancel projects indefinitely without finance consequences. Moreover they cannot continue selling pieces of the company for their short-term issues.

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Nortel is not the place to work at this time in the corporation's history. Try again later

Product Verification Management (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsThe only reasons remaining to work at Nortel is that the salary and benefits are still very reasonable relative to similar work in the area and that some of the managers still offer flexible work schedules. The ability to occaisionally WFH (Work from Home) and/or work non-standard hours does permit some opportunities to make progress on life issues and other non-work issues for example see your kids in a play or attend parent/teacher conferences at times more convenient to the teachers or be at home for receiving important packages or repairs, etc.. I know this for a fact because I'm a Nortel manager with employees and the majority of those employees admit that the very reasonable salary, the acceptable level of benefits, and especiall my willingness to be flexible on work schedule is the main reason they have not yet left the company.

ConsThis place can be so depressing that it gives Welbutrin suicidal thoughts and tendencies. The lack of direction and constant program churn could give a 2Mg Xanax tablet an anxiety attack. The company is contracting in the areas of higher-paying employmetn and expanding rapidly with lower-cost outsourced and contract resources so opportunities for advancement are very, very low and likelihood of being "optimized" from the company is very, very high. It's a constant struggle to do deliver products faster, cheaper, AND with higher and higher quality. History and experience have pretty much proven that those three aspects: Good, Fast, Cheap tend to not exist together. Experience has shown that picking any two aspects and the third aspect becomes more unattainable.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would beg all senior management to be more open to flexible worktime schedules. I would encourage Nortel Senior Management to insist that employees take vacation (and to plan employee vacation schedules into the delivery schedules -- something which is rarely done). I would highly encourage Nortel's executive managers to be more open and direct regarding impending employee optimizations and, in then in some instances, to offer some reasonable incentives to those soon-to-be-optimized employees to keep them interested and focused on meeting their deliverables and in training their low-cost offshore replacements.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Listen to the professional on the front line

Senior Business/Project Manager (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsChallenging work, leading edge technology, good pay. The product base addresses the needs of our customer base, and is generally leading the industry in innovation. The company generally recognizes the individual's contribution and often show earnest attemts to include the indiviual in the decision processes. The facilities are execllent and the company provides most state of the art tools for the employees. There is a strong commitment to include community projects in the workplace and support those needing help. (United Way, Food Bank, School supplies). The heath plan is reasonable and there is an attempt to provide preventive care. The 401 K plan is reasonable.

ConsUncertain future. "New" management plays by numbers only with little regard for optimization of resources/investment or Best ROI, rather only looks at how much can be cut as fast as possible. Too short sighted. The stick has been "hammered" to take it from $89 to $0.56. The "New" mangement team has not been successful in reversing this. The frequent stop/start decisons hurt and the morale is seriously affected. Morale is very low mostly because of the massive insecurity in the future - "Will I still have a job in 6 months?"
There is an extreme lack of understanding that requests for open feedback in large meeting, with the fear of reprisals dosen't work. HR seems clueless and have impleneted extensive lumbersome processes not adding any value.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet and use input from the "on line troops" who know what's really happening.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Well-compensated but frustrated with stagnant middle management

Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
Richardson, TX

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsCompensation, brand name recognition, flexible schedules

ConsUncertain market, perpetual negative cycles

Advice to Senior ManagementContinuing education...take advantage of it and stop being complacent with your positions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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