Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
441 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    former product marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Talented and highly educated work force.
    Multi-cultural, team-work oriented employees.
    Competitive pay and good work and life balance
    Ability to move to other departments and locations for career advencement

    Cons

    Corrupt management. John Roth and his entourage ruined the company.
    Grossly over paid for its acqusitions (anyone remember Bay Networks acqusition) at the height of the internet bubble. How can you appoint a corrupt CFO to a CEO position after John Roth left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire with the millions you stole from shareholders and employees and please do not manage another company. You guys ruined enough lifes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Wrong bet at the wrong time

    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    great to start a decade ago
    nice ppl, great campus

    Cons

    overspending on technology with not much return

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    It used to be good before the bankruptcy

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    None except easy work and going home early

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position for a long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You raised your forecast before bankruptcy..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was fun while it lasted

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Was great to work for a company who was an industry leader in many areas of communications technology. Lots of opportunity to work with differrent technologies in many different markets.

    Cons

    Was great until a string of ineffective business leaders took charge. Too many changes in direction, poor business decisions and slow responses to markets led to the company's downfall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Irrelevant now since the company is no longer in business. Needed to make better business decisions and to act more quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    I enjoyed working with the people at Nortel.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, telecommute friendly, great benefits & vacation.

    Cons

    Advancement difficult if not on highly visible project. Poor executive leadership. Too much reinventing the wheel. Too CMM level focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers, rotate people to different parts of project. Focus on journey of process improvement instead of CMM level

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Reduce and improve the time and cost of Nortel's products landed cost

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    Former Employee - Cost Reduction Analyst  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Reduction Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Nortel produced some of the most advanced products in the telecommunications field. The OC switching and the Enterprise groups really have great product portfolios to compete with competitors. Wireless was solid in TDMA, CDMA and LTE. The people you worked with were on average great people both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Too many layers, complex matrix environment, too many people duplicating effort, focused on the wrong product (UMTS) whent he industry was leap frogging to LTE. Enterprise group should have led the way more to cut costs and bring in more revenue with Nortel brand recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late the company is gone. So sad so many good people and products went under. If it comes back from the brink I would want to help bring this Canadian company back.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    waste of time

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    good salary, good benefits, relaxed environment

    Cons

    many to list here...wasted so much money on internal controls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should have had a good CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful, till laid off

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    A great community of people who care for the same end result. You are never held back because of who you are or what you do.

    Cons

    The stress of seeing your co-workers (friends) getting laid off. Not knowing what the future holds and how the end result will be for you

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great experience and too bad the comany was bankrupt.

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    Current Employee - Nortel Telecom MSO  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Nortel Telecom MSO in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    great experience great company company. The benefits were greats the environment was great.
    I really thinkNortel should come back and canadian govt should back it

    Cons

    too focused on cisco and forgot to create a date centric work force. Wireless plans were greats but lacked the aggression of ericsson and nokia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should have bought companies that were complementing not just for the sake of buying.
    ALU and NOKIA are good examples on how to survive.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Instsrutor

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    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Good overall work enviroment and staff

    Cons

    Lots of info and technology to keep up with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More cross training would be nice.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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