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Nortel Networks Raleigh Reviews

Updated April 27, 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)

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

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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, forward looking, good place to work

    Cons

    Too much unneeded and wasteful M&A,

    Advice to Management

    Streamline portfolio


  2. "Was Great While It Lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Quality in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Quality in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Mismanagement at the top led to its unfortunate demise.


  3. "IT Tech."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Technician in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    I worked for the company for 8 yrs. Good working environment good Bennies. Family oriented Company.Worked on the honor system. Good pay

    Cons

    None, except for the Bankruptcy due to poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Hire your managers based on experience and worth.


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  5. "Global Customer Service & RMA Account Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Customer Service Account Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Account Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Nortel was one of the best Companies I worked for - Best Training, employees were able to move up with the company. Pay was fair, pleasant work place, good benefits.

    Cons

    The only down side was the company went bankrupt.

    Advice to Management

    No Comment.


  6. "Sr. Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented and motivated group of peers.
    Direct management had dept goals aligned with personal development goals.
    Challenging and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Large company ( or was) doesn't always change with the times quickly. Not as nimble as smaller companies.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sacrifice long term quality over short term budget.


  7. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Was nice while it lasted.

    Cons

    Too many SEC investigations. Nortel went bankrupt.


  8. "Rest in Peace"

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    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good times....a lot of excellent people worked for Nortel. A shame it all imploded.

    Cons

    Poor executive decision making at the end....the "all things to all people" strategy didn't work. We should have sold off the secondary businesses and put a laser focus on one or two.

    Advice to Management

    Hope all is well wherever you landed. It was a good run while it lasted.....won't see that ever again in my career.


  9. "Great company and good people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay , flexibility and career advancement.

    Cons

    Filed chapter 11 in 2009. Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.


  10. "Great company to work for back in its heyday"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Intern - DMS Hardware Development in Morrisville, NC
    Former Intern - DMS Hardware Development in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good salaries, most employees I interacted with were given plenty of freedom. The facilities were nice (outside of all the cubicles), and they had a nice dining hall.

    Cons

    The company was really struggling financially and layoffs were happening with frightening regularity. Some (actually most) of their offices in the RTP area were huge cubicle farms.

    Advice to Management

    I guess it's too late for it to matter now.


  11. "Great at first, bad as company went under"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I first started working there in 1997, it was really great.

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt. The last years of weekly world-wide layoffs were very stressful

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics between divisions. You have competitors out there happy to take away your business.


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