Nortel Networks Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
441 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 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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11 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good people, benefits, work at home policy

    Cons

    going bankrupt, leadership, the training was limited to on job experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This was a great Canadian company to work for. It was the pride of a nation for over a century and provided many opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Greedy executives got in the way. Sadly, they tried to bring in too many American Execs who were more concernded with picking the bones dry than saving what was left of a Canadian institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    generally very positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunity and innovation company with excellent R&D

    Cons

    politics, executive management failure,overly middle managed

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Too bad they tanked

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The ability to work from home was great. There was a great deal of flexibility in the hours. Learned so much from all the others.

    Cons

    Company didn't last. Upper management was too greedy and too bad they went out of business. It was great while it lasted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Marketing Director

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Great mood.

    Cons

    Bankrupted and this is a bad news.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Thorough process,solid product quality, treat employees well, enormous pop for career growth.

    Cons

    Bad mgmt. endless spending on requisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a - titanic already sank.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    life with nortel for more then 10 years

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    "BIG' corporation, "stability", "depth of technologies"

    Cons

    cuts life hell, down to nowhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Nortel's employees and customers make all the difference

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Account Director  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Global Account Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    The people I work with, my customers and the opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Currently, the only downside is that the press, particularly the Canadian press, is crucifying us. We need support from the public, employees and our customers if we are to come out of this situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging the employees through recognition and advancement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    How to make a large telecom company small

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    If you like to travel it can be very interesting. Some of the products are excellent. Some of the engineers are 100% dedicated to serving internal and external customers, however, management specializes in email.

    Cons

    Management is very incompetent. Currently, they are being driven to save money, not make money. They can drive a 40 hour work week when the product and resources require 60, but they can't create a viable product plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a plan, and work it. I have seen a continued Soviet style era of failed 5 Year Plans every 1.5 years. What are you doing? Why do all of your plans always fail? Project Management no longer (years ago, a PM had to come from I&C) understands the Product Scope, so it is impossible to create a project plan that is accurate.

    Nortel will create an engineer resource plan for a deployment, but not have a project plan. I am not a PMP, but is it logical to even know what your resource plan should be if you can't create a project plan?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good luck Nortel ... will soon be another company under a new name ... wait and see.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Pay is a little above average. Some lower level managers are good and hard working people.

    Cons

    You need mega education to advance, and even then there are limited opportunities. Not many high level managers seem to care. Too many processes and certifications for things that are not even related to the job I preform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the people who have been around, and meet the customer face to face. Practice what you preach, meaning, save money save money, is a mantra, but I see a lot of waste of funds at the executive level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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