Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Excellent products; poor management

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and good technology

    Cons

    Shifting priorities too often to execute

    Advice to Management

    Keep better books and hold management accountable


  2. Great company while it lasted!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richardson, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  3. Opportunities to stretch

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    One of the best aspects of working at Nortel was the culture of giving opportunities for growth and achievement. I experienced it myself and saw it applied to others -- if you expressed your career interests, such as leading a team or directing a project, leaders would find ways to help you. Nortel also believed in training and brought in the Kellogg School of Management to provide training programs.

    Cons

    Numerous layoffs and rumors of layoffs put a damper on both morale and productivity. It was hard to plan budgets or schedules when you didn't know if your team or your project would be around in six months. When I was laid off, Nortel promised separated employees that it would pay salaries and provide benefits for several months into the future. But after it filed for bankruptcy, the pay and benefits disappeared, leaving everyone in the lurch. Additionally, most Nortel employees were online working from home each evening. This practice was expected and pervasive. Work/life balance was hard to achieve.


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  5. Once a market mover, could not come out of downturn due to scandals, wrong strategy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for. People would retire from it once they got hired. Benefits and culture were great.

    Cons

    The high valued acquisitions of late 90's and the tech bubble burst changed it all. The company started a downward spiral that it could not get out of.

    Advice to Management

    Company went bankrupt in Jan 2009, so this section is not applicable.


  6. Death of an Industry Giant

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with many smart inovative people. Good Benefits. competitive salaries. Great products and a wonderful customer base

    Cons

    Executive churn and mismanagment caused the downfall of this company. Late to the market with products because of a lack of focus and comitment.

    Advice to Management

    to late now


  7. former product marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (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 Management

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


  8. 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    great to start a decade ago nice ppl, great campus

    Cons

    overspending on technology with not much return


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None except easy work and going home early

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position for a long time

    Advice to Management

    You raised your forecast before bankruptcy..


  10. Was fun while it lasted

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. I enjoyed working with the people at Nortel.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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