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Nortel Networks Canada Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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  • The company went bankrupt; hence highest level of management not so capable (in 12 reviews)

  • the chapter 11 episode was so unpleasant where roomfuls of people were let go in the Maidenhead Office (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (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 Management

    N/a - titanic already sank.


  2. "Software Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovation, bleeding edge product development

    Cons

    Poor management. Couldn't see beyond their own vision

    Advice to Management

    To late

  3. "Great People, Great Technologies, Cash Flow Issues..."

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    Former Employee - User Experience in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - User Experience in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really talented people. Some really good legacy and new technologies.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy. Some culture clash between divisions and acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Too late now...


  4. "Downhill slide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, excellent facilities including variety of onsite food options and fitness facilities, very flexible work hours, many educational opportunities, good locations.

    Cons

    Management, particularly upper management, seemed disconnected from lower level employees. In later years particularly, too much outsourcing without apparent care for the results it would have.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees when they ask hard questions, don't dismiss with stock answers.


  5. "bad company"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    no pros, just back memory

    Cons

    back credit, everything is bad, going down


  6. "great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - amazing bunch of people, smart and no fuss
    - pretty cool technology
    - competitive salary, benefits and work environment

    Cons

    - mostly incompetent executives
    - slow to promote, not necessarily on merit

    Advice to Management

    not much at this point, they already drove the company into the ground


  7. "Working experieince in Nortel"

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    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment and different races of people. They're not software/hardware centric as Nortel delivers telecommunication system. So far I enjoyed working there perviously

    Cons

    No people moving there. Only size reduction. People worry about whether they will have a job or not the next day. Not much fun to work lately

    Advice to Management

    Young engineers are important to the company, please consider that.

  8. "Good company to work with"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Belleville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Belleville, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Good managers

    Cons

    Political, nothing else I can think of


  9. "Was a fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and full autonomy

    Cons

    bankrupt.. need I say more.

    Advice to Management

    You killed the company


  10. "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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    cuts life hell, down to nowhere


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