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"An Engineer's nightmare for the last 10 years"

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Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Salaries at Nortel Networks were above average and the company was very friendly to telecommuters if your position made that possible. But for the last 10 years, those are the only 2 nice things anyone could say about Nortel.

Cons

Beginning with the .com crash, Engineers at Nortel went from being a cherished asset to being hourly supervised workers except without the hourly overtime pay. The level of work that the management demanded meant 10-12 hour days on the average and about 2 weekends a month. If engineers balked at that, it was ominously hinted at that they were "not team players" and were probably on the list for the next round of never ending layoffs.The best and brightest engineers left in droves and those that were left were micromanaged almost to death and made to feel like peons. Then they canceled the Pension plan , gave no raises for a full 8 years (except of course for the Senior Management), and provided progressively shabbier health/dental/vision plans. Then, when everyone thought it couldn't get worse, they declared bankruptcy and reneged on everyone's promised severance package and threw thousands of good engineers out into the worst depression since the 1930s.

Advice to Management

There was no discernible leadership at Nortel so it would be pretty hard to think of advice to give them.

Other Employee Reviews for Nortel Networks

  1. "Great place.. too bad going bankrupt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a flexible working environment, and allowed you to have a personal life and not be totally bogged down at work.

    Cons

    Senior management was always changing the road map of the company. And leaders seemed to be interested in self then Nortel.

    Advice to Management

    Well, I do not think there is any body left to give advice to. So i guess i would say.. run for the hills!


  2. "Exactly as dysfunctional as you'd expect from a company with Nortel's reputation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits were very good
    Good opportunity to learn technology (not anymore, I wouldn't think)
    Excellent tuition reimbursement program.
    Employees given bonuses despite horrendous business climate

    Cons

    Management was terrible
    Merit isn't rewarded. Often the *worst* employees in the group were promoted, just to get rid of them.
    Absolutely no training - new hires learn through "trial by fire"
    Transformed into a nightmare of policies and procedures for everything, that didn't work and hampered actual productivity.

    Advice to Management

    I'd say it is a moot point at this stage. Management did everything wrong, and milked every last dime out of the company they could before everything completely sank.

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