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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated April 7, 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. "Customer Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    Cons

    Company went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to Management

    It is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!


  2. "Channel Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for before the bankruptcy

    Cons

    Poor Executive Level Management which killed this company

    Advice to Management

    If it had been better managed on the executive level, it would probably still be a great company today.


  3. "Great until Bankruptcy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bohemia, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bohemia, NY

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Great company to work for - great products and great middle management.

    Cons

    CxO's that ran the company into the ground and ruined may peoples lives.


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  5. "Great place, great people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to work here. It had a start-up kind of feel. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in the atmosphere. Very competent workforce, great teamwork. Excellent value delivered to the customer. Everybody took pride in their work.

    Cons

    The company finally went bankrupt, and had to be sold off piecemeal.

    Advice to Management

    Financial management of the company was mishandled.


  6. "Fantastic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None that I can remember

    Advice to Management

    Love management


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "It was overall positive, but the atmosphere was awkward"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice People
    Work from home sometimes

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of employees
    Commute was kind of long

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like they are part of the process.


  9. "22 years of multiple roles"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Pricing Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and people. In heyday, great product vision. Often developed evolutionary products that were firsts in the industry.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Dishonest accounting and crazy acquisitions diluted stock. Over building of offices and factories led to way too much debt. Greed and poor planning. Success requried them to develop firsts to succeed. Operations and processes were poor

    Advice to Management

    Too late now. Should have gone slower with expansions instead of planning/assuming business would double year after year.


  10. "Bubble blast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technologies, great potential, products that serve purpose.

    Cons

    Management was clueless, money hungry with no vision on how to keep a 100 year old company with experience and 1 billion worth of patents in business. Sad.

    Advice to Management

    Go to jail and do not collect 200$.


  11. "Company review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for job movement

    Cons

    Senior management made poor buying decisions


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