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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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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. "Great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Interesting work, always challenging. Great people to work with. Worked for them for 14 years and would have stayed longer.

    Cons

    Questionable top management back in late 90s


  2. "Director, Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Franklin, TN

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

    Pros

    Excellent company! Great benefits, salaries, excellent products!

    Cons

    Top management drove the company in the ground!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "TOO BAD, GREAT COMPANY!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved working at Nortel. It was a truly healthy place to work, people were great and work life balance fantastic.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy and mountains and mountains of lawsuits. The three Canadian executives which put Nortel into their death spiral got off, so no justice for a great company.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to mention, company is gone. Current companies like Nortel are following suit by laying off constantly. Working in telecom sucks, it's a dog eat dog field of work.


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  5. "Amazing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    the benefits are great: dental, vision, medical. Even pet care they provide
    Nice employees and good team work environment

    Cons

    Too bad the company went through so much. Unfortunately they did not do well with their sales and it was poorly managed by the high ups

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and allow for them to be included in decisions


  6. "Professional Services Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Symposium Professional Services in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Manager, Symposium Professional Services in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Band 5, 30% domestic travel, great boss,

    Cons

    Clients required strong management, company failed


  7. "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.


  8. "A Once Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    Everything was great, best place to work ever.

    Cons

    Got it all wrong, Management we poor.

    Advice to Management

    Seek alternative career options.


  9. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teamwork, great benefits, relaxed environment, helpful managers, stressful but fulfilling environment

    Cons

    none that I can think of at the time


  10. "Sr Java Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture, awesome team

    Cons

    Do not recall any cons.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


  11. "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for growth, flexible schedule and a good continuing ed program.

    Cons

    Company hit a horrible economic calamity that it could not recover from.


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