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Nortel Networks Canada Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • It was a truly healthy place to work, people were great and work life balance fantastic (in 34 reviews)

  • The work environment was great, the career opportunities very good (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Only the sad part that was on chapter 11 and been bought by Avaya (in 16 reviews)

  • disappointing end to a great company (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic and very creative environment

    Cons

    Unstable environment and work hours


  2. "Great gig while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with plenty of opportunities for growth and career development

    Cons

    Poor financial management, business projections by executive team


  3. "My Review of Nortel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team...Good work life balance. Employees had been there for a long time

    Cons

    Bad Management, This eventually lead to the company being bankrupt and thousands of people losing their pension


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  5. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Recommends

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, new works and projects

    Cons

    Increase of salary is too slow.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibilty, more creative ideas.


  6. "New Developer Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good working environment for new employee to blend in. Team is very friendly in general and the work environment is everything an employee asks for, have gym, running track, beach volleyball fields...etc

    Cons

    Average age of employees are old in general, not enough young talents. Management decision has missed several time resulting the bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    A change on the management was definitely required, there are many empty promises to employee, resulting employee not getting their deserved pay.


  7. "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    good place, lots of fun, no complaints
    great environment, fun people. can not complain.
    fast paced.surrounded by very intelligent people with
    a diverse background

    Cons

    maybe too fast paced. gotta keep up with the ball.
    falling behind will cause bad things to happen.
    just keep on top of it and all will be good.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work. no lack of transparancy between heirachacle levels in the work place.
    Keep up the free food and benefits, great place.


  8. "Nortel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Design Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Freelancer - Design Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great technology and great people

    Cons

    Management wasn't focused on best growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  9. "was great in the beginming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At first, there was real design. People really cared about quality. I'll miss several of the teams I was in. Good mobility between groups.

    Cons

    Too much beurocracy and decision makers were too far from design

    Advice to Management

    Not aplocable


  10. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Poor execution on projects. Unable to deliver on customer expectations.


  11. "good for a new graduate student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At Nortel, if you are new graduate, you will learn a lot of technology. From program language, code standard, to telecomm. protocols, you also got professional training. This helps your future career. Nortel was too nice to employees.

    Cons

    At Nortel, sometimes you feel the overlap of product developments. Also there are some employee just came for earn money, instead they did not make contribution to code.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately Nortel was gone. I cannot make advices to the management team. I know some of the managers moved to RIM, then they made RIM gone. The culture of Nortel is too good to allow lazy people stay here.



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