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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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. "Good company"

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    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. "Sad To See Nortel Go"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Took care of their employees.

    Cons

    Once layoffs began it was a stressful environment to work in as you never knew if you would be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Management overall was great except for the perceived mis-management in the executive level.

  3. "installing central office switches and gained very valuable information in DMS switch installations and maintanince"

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    Former Employee - Central Office Intallaion Tech in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Central Office Intallaion Tech in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will excel in maintenance and install of switch related equipment. Travel & education is paid for, Home state based, Benefits, strong and reliable company, vacations, holidays paid. Stability.

    Cons

    it was hard to move up in pay or advance in your position. I had to lowest raise but yet the best work performed. I received a 2 penny raise and the manager above me that played games on his Lap Top and went out shopping while I completed every job many with the Quality Audit coming back with ZERO defects had a 3 dollar raise. that's when I Hired on with uswest.

    Advice to Management

    I really did like the job, tools lap top and everything was provided. the knowledge they gave me was top notch and irreplaceable. Please don't forget or lose sight in who is actually doing what


  4. "Was Great While It Lasted"

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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.


  5. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice work environment and office

    Cons

    Business Strategy and weak management with lack of growth strategy


  6. "Assembly Technician"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Testing of equipment, Assembly of mechnical.

    Cons

    Test in-process or finished product, inspection, packaging, labeling.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Outstanding, well run organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company listens well to it's employees at all levels and takes input to construct a better working model for its future business.

    Cons

    Nothing really negative other than it may want to examine its competitors with even greater scrutiny to continue to stay ahead of the field.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage management to keep listening and to continue to recognize and reward outstanding achievement and to whenever possible, promote from within.

  8. "Great company poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allen, TX

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible mission statement and poor executive leadership

    Advice to Management

    Learn from mistakes of the past.


  9. "Team Lead"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Canton, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Canton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with great pay

    Cons

    Went out of business and is now owned by Avaya


  10. "IT Tech."

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    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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