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Nortel Networks Ottawa Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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 35 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Exceptional, empowering, important, and highly rewarding."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ability to move the yard stick forward without red tape. Tons of international travel. Excellent team work and colleague appreciation.

    Cons

    Better finger on finances. Need for training to be part of regular staff and management. Global roles require better access to technology trends.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the field.


  2. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A well established company with excellent working environment. Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    The telecom market is too competitive to win. Low value in stock market.


  3. "Circling the drain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great engineering talent
    great projects
    International opportunities

    Cons

    Poor marketing and
    Overall weak management relative to technical/product strength

    Advice to Management

    focus on product strength


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  5. "Senior Executive Assistant to V.P.'s and President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Continuous opportunities to learn and grow in many areas of IT/telecommunications business; continual improvement processes incorporated. Every day was exciting and very fulfilling.

    Cons

    There were none.....It was like being in a very large extended family. There were lots of family oriented events throughout the year that showed the appreciation of the company for its people.


  6. "Employee Review"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people, technology, customer focus, global perspective. Great morale, working conditions, benefits, work life balance, training. Good career mobility, professional certification opportunities.

    Cons

    Massive downsizing, poor business strategy, poor industry partnerships. Concerns about executive ethics and business leadership skills. Litigation in progress. Pension plan unresolved. Staff on disability compensation treated poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Restart the firm, find a niche, leverage customer relationships. Focus on wireless, wireline and optical technologies. Lead with IP communication technology and find partnerships. Consider basic business strategy training.


  7. "New Developer Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  8. "Company has no future"

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

    Pros

    In its heyday Nortel provided an opportunity to make a career out of a job. Since their stock plummeted, it has become a death sentance

    Cons

    Employee Morale was very, very low. Nobody has any faith in the future of the company. Every one is overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, and fast


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, Great People, Great Products, but Poor Upper Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic to work with such talented people on world class products! We listened to our customers and our designers and, by doing so, created the most reliable and feature rich telecommunication products in the world.

    Cons

    Last few CEOs did not understand the business and started cost cutting and layoffs which improved their bonuses but killed innovation, hurt moral, and destroyed customer confidence. Trust your staff. They created the business and have a passion and desire to have that success continue. Employees were treated as a liability rather than the intellectual assets that made the company what it was.

    Advice to Management

    Lead through vision, not cost cutting. Listen to your people. Together Nortel could have had an excellent future. Instead, management threatened employees with firing and verbal abuse if the disagreed with any proposed changes. A company cannot function that way for long, and Nortel died after 125 years of success thanks to this poor management.


  10. "A fantastic experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work with incredible talented people.

    Cons

    Execs suffered of analysis paralisys.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. "Great place to work while it lasted"

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Felt respected, well compensated, and had interesting work to do

    Cons

    Poor CEO resulted in company all but disappearing. Not sure there's anything left!

    Advice to Management

    R&D is important. Drasticly cutting back on R&D may have resulted in short-term gain in share price, but killed the company.


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