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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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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Use to be great, not anymore

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Great people and leading edge technology. Always challanging and interesting work to get involved with. Excellent Engineering community where people help each other.

    Cons

    Management (or mis-management) has driven the company into the ground with their decisions. Poor choice of positioning the company and its assets has resulted in fire sales of whole divisions and hence let the air out of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now but don't make the same mistakes elsewhere. Some of the programs (six sigma) although useful, were not implemented correctly. Sr. Mgmt put their own pride and their own interests in front of the company and the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Was a great place to work but Sr. Mgmt. made too many bonehead decisions and we are now in bankruptcy

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Pay with decent management at the mid and lower levels

    Cons

    We just recently filed for bankruptcy and are in the process of selling off all assets. A bit of a shame and depressing.
    Future is very uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys should have cut unprofitable divisions a long time ago rather than have them continue to suck the life out of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was good while it lasted.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    It was once a great place with good people, just couldn't get it together. The work life balance was really good and the pay was at a good rate.

    Cons

    Never a complete story from Management. It seems as though there was a hidden agenda and the management could not be trusted. Upper management never had the guts to halt a project if it wasn't ready, we would still push it out the door forceing our customer to take a sub-standard product which hurt us in the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and not gloss things ove.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not the Nortel of 1995.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    You are surrounded by outstanding technical talent, you can make your own career path, you are not limited in advancement if you don't want to manage people.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing created a very difficult environment to keep teams motivated - moral dropped off further with the bankruptcy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The value of your business is your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nortel was a great company, but all things come to an end due to poor leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    not many of the last few years.

    Cons

    spiral tumble since the financial scandal, stupid ideas never helped us recover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They must puch back to the executives, informing them what is not working, rather than being YES men.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Authoritarian 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A great gig while it lasts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Nortel, 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    This 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nortel is going nowhere very fast!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nortel is out of runway.....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Salary. 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.

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Family 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.

    Cons

    Multitude 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 ManagementAdvice

    Nortel 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.

    Approves of CEO

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