Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Good people at Nortel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I really like working at Nortel. Salaries and compensation were very competitive.

    Cons

    Nortel bought too many companies that didn't add enough to the bottom line.

  2. Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good product line,acknowledgement of work and industry standard perks

    Cons

    Unfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

    Advice to Management

    Management should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

  3. Good old company but could not adopt new market patterns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Designer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Very strong IP.
    2. Hub for innovation.
    3. Good network of people

    Cons

    1. Very old fashioned senior management.
    2. Management in favor of stereotyped workers.

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  5. Company doesn't exist anymore. However, pros and cons probably continue in the new organization.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company history (good for your resume)
    Talented, friendly and helpful co workers
    Good technology
    wok / life balance
    decent pay

    Cons

    No job stability. My team reduced to half its size over a few months.
    Upper management misrepresented the state of the company before bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    The company does not exist nyore

  6. Helpful (1)

    Downsizing all the time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects
    Got to work with good and hard working people
    Fair compensation and benefits although there were less and less over years

    Cons

    Very tight budget and got worse every year
    Layoffs happened all the time
    People very stressed - no job security
    Morale extremely low

    Advice to Management

    We all know what happened to the company which is now being sold off piece by piece. No core leadship team left now to take suggestions.

  7. Working @nortel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great! Pay is pretty good compared to other tech companies and the cafeteria on site was pretty good.

    Cons

    It's a dying company and hubris has destroyed a once great company. It should have never gone on a buying spree for dotcom companies that imploded

    Advice to Management

    sell everything and restart! Chop off useful pieces of the company and try to rescue the ones that are worth something

  8. Non stop layoff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexbility . Working from home all the time. No pressure since all talents left and no competition. All levels of management is currently looking for job as well.
    It used to be a great place to work prior than year 2000 . But it went down like a roller coaster. It even got worse since the Mike Zs ninja leading styles. Company is full of black belt projects and no real work.

    Cons

    All talents left already . This is a sinking boat. Chapter 11 already and Chapter 7 is on the way soon. Layoff is currently happening every week and no one knows who is the next turkey on the dinning table.

    Advice to Management

    All need to Leave ASAP. Mike Z and Joe would stay until the end ???

  9. Maybe a good temporary job, but that is about all.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people work there. I was allowed to telecommute, but this depends on the job and manager

    Cons

    Many round of layoffs in the last 8 years. Nortel's future as a company looks bleak.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late for meaningful advice.

  10. Struggling in the 21st century

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, reputation of technical excellence, knowledgeable engineers and scientists. Customer focus

    Cons

    Lost focus on building excellent products; obsession with six sigma and cost cutting; Worst HR team and incompetent finance management ;

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building great products and respect your employees

  11. Give the Team a Chance to Succeed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The greatest thing about Nortel in Santa Clara is the people. They care about the job and each other. The work itself is satisfying and the projects are indeed leading edge. If only upper management could get their act together.

    Cons

    Watching a good company spiral downward. You can't turning a company around by laying off good people. There are too many silos. Program management, especially in Ottawa, is too rigid and political. Redesigning and restarting programs keeps good hardware off the street. They never let us finish anything.

    Advice to Management

    Sell off Enterprise and give it a shot at success. John Roese, CTO, seems to despise Santa Clara anyway - turn it loose. We have good people and good management through the director level. It's amateur hour after that.

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