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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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Pros
  • "Flexibility of the hours allowing a good Work/Life balance" (in 38 reviews)

  • "The work environment was great, the career opportunities very good" (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management made poor buying decisions" (in 29 reviews)

  • "The company went bankrupt; hence highest level of management not so capable" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Quality Assurance Engineer"

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    Former Employee - QAE in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - QAE in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Greatest place to work, loved every moments that I worked there!

    Cons

    none, no Cons that I can think of, fantastic place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Open in Richardson


  2. "Good Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Flexible Work Hours, friendly managers

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt
    No longer in business

  3. "Defunct, bad accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good projects, good co workers

    Cons

    Accounting scandals, bankruptcy, excessive executive pay


  4. "Excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management were very concerned about employees well being, will facilitate everything possible to make the work environment pleasant and provided breakfast, lunch and dinner at no cost to their employees.

    Cons

    The company closed the division in Fremont and most of the employees were not relocated to any other facilities, even though they did provide a very good severance package.

    Advice to Management

    Good developers are you best assets.


  5. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment

    Cons

    Management was not held accountable, thus the company's demise

    Advice to Management

    A little late to change things now


  6. "Good Expereince"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Lon, MO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Lon, MO

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

    Pros

    Easy atmosphere, lots of different opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor training, not much on offer

    Advice to Management

    Get smart


  7. "software developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Durham, NC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genband was a great place to work. Fun, exciting, and interesting work for R&D

    Cons

    Uncertainty due to downturn of legacy telecom.

    Advice to Management

    None. Seem to be doing ok now.

  8. "Former Employee"

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Travelled the world, and given opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Constant negative news and constant layoffs


  9. "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at Nortel was great while it lasted, simply because of the bond that formed between the employees. Regardless of location, everyone got along. I still speak with several ex-collegues on occasion.

    Cons

    Towards the end, once the word bankruptcy was whispered, the constant threat of layoffs tainted most conversations. It became increasingly difficult to think of anything else, but I guess that happens at most companies and is not unique to Nortel.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Tech in R&D Captive Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The dotcom hysteria had just reached its apex when I joined the scene, and for a while mine was the best job I could ever hope for. I likened the atmosphere surrounding telecom to accounts given of the California Gold Rush, albeit without the risk of failure. Telecom was too big too fail, its frontiers seemed endless.
    No expenses were spared to "git 'er done" as dozens of sage and wise execs came and went, all of them talking about "moving forward with a black belt", grabbed their hefty severance packages and booked, leaving the next to issue earnings restatements and invariably follow suit.
    It is quaintly overlooked that Nortel was a Canadian company, not the "typical greedy American corporation". Yet the Nortel suits' hubris and swagger easily matched that of Enron's, WorldCom's, Lehman's and GM's visionaries.

    Cons

    It's a lowdown, dirty shame how Nortel cannibalized itself and its "leaders" gleefully left their workers without pensions.
    I'm reminded of Nortel every time I see unkempt, slapdash data closets in violation of OSHA and Bell Standards, telephone connector boxes streetside left open, the lids taken off and "forgotten" by the techs themselves...

    Advice to Management

    Nothing you do or say will ever make you look less like telecom's money-grubbing Harvey Weinsteins, every one of you.


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