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Nortel Networks Reviews in Richardson, TX

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
450 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    NA

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    big company with a great history of telecom

    Cons

    chapter 11 has been very hard to handle and control duriing this period of time in nortel, but we belive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Many projects to work on, opportunities in the entire Software development lifecycle - requirements, development, test, integration, support, field support

    Cons

    Poor senior management - no directions, company has basically sold off all important pieces to other companies - look at competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at your strengths ... your employees. many have left or moved to better opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Working condition at Nortel

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    It has quite a few good people in the company, and dedicated to their works, and have been there for a very long time.

    Cons

    It is a very corrupt place, it is basically who you know, not what you know type of environment. The chance of getting promoted is only someone left or died.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your actions have led to the company's bankruptcy. Many people got impacted because of that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good job for telecommuters

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Cultural Diversity
    Ability to Telecommute
    Highly skilled employees to work with

    Cons

    In bankruptcy
    Very few employees left
    No future with the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finalize the bankruptcy and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good bye Nortel....

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Best Reasons: Opportunity to move into different positions within the company. Rewarded for work on special projects. Laid Back environment.

    Cons

    Massive Layoffs since 2000. The employees that were recently laid off prior to backruptcy recieved no severance. There were too many layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layers of management. Too many acquisitions that did not add value to the company. Failure to merge with other players when concolidation occured.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Disassembled

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    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Before the fall, it was a great place to work with talented people. Benefits were good and pay was competitive. Leadership is always a mixed bag, but low and middle management not too bad.

    Cons

    Going bankrupt. Hiring outside execs that handled the situation poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of all the people you put out of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nortel Networks, no longer here, but a great place to work

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Very bright people, very polite and respectful, management was very open to career changes, challenging work on new technology

    Cons

    Nortel did a lot of in-house development of tools/development environment. Experience with these tools does not make you marketable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time, try to avoid bankruptcy. Have a better vision of what the market will need.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Telecom is a cruel mistress when you are a recruiter

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Great people and great culture, strong commitment to work/life balance, the individual group in which I worked were all very dedicated and passionate about their work and my direct manager was probably the best boss I've ever had. Nothing like going to work in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops. And of course, at various times when I was there Nortel had industry-best, fabulous technology. It always was a strong engineering company - with a big appetite for hiring. Good times.

    Cons

    History will probably look more kindly on the captain of the Titanic than Nortel executive management circa 1995-2009. RIP my friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All that really comes to mind at this point is Bluto's speech to the Deltas - was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Bailey? Nothing is over until we say it's over. That sort of thing. I'll miss Nortel.

    Disapproves of CEO

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