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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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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. "Great company Perks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integration Engineer
    Former Employee - Integration Engineer
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My mangagers were easily accessible and always available to help out. The company payed for all expenses when engineers had to leave town to work on projects so that was a benefit.

    Cons

    Some of the more experienced team members were selfish and conniving. They were not great team members or role models. It was just a negative experience working with them. The managers were great but that did not make the situation with some of the other team members less distasteful.

    Advice to Management

    The concerns of entry level employees should be paid more attention to. It is not poor adjustment capabilities if an employee feels shut out of a team.


  2. "N/A"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Verification Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Verification Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -- Good Experience
    -- Exposure to Programming(OOP)
    -- Exposure to Agile Practices
    -- Excellent work ethics and work culture
    --Exceptional Opportunities provided
    --Manager and co worker very helpful

    Cons

    --Company sinking, no job security
    --Less compensation
    --Fewer places to move within companies
    --stuck with same kinda job forever
    --Kinda start liking it in the end(too much slacking and reading newspaper at job makes you dull)

    Advice to Management

    --Take Control
    --Atleast choose able Management
    --Be stricted
    --Start paying more to employees
    --Take a fresh start and forget all about legacies and ethics that Nortel was once know for being an industrial and stock Market leader
    --Please use your brain

  3. "A very good work experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Manager in Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Information Manager in Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for Nortel made me grow not olnly as a human being but as professional, in this place I found a wonderful atmosphere where I made some good friends, as I grew in knowledge not only from my job but the people I was surrounded by great proffesionals who taught me to view the job as a means to give yourself as a human being and produce results for the company you work for.

    Cons

    The main downside from my experience in Nortel was that the company entered in a liquidation process which eventually led to the closing of the company, which was a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    The feedback I can give is that all former employees from Nortel, keep the way they worked, while being employed by Nortel, and continue to grow in their own careers.


  4. "Build up solid software development background"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Touch many high-tech knowledge
    Work with intelligent colleagues
    Profit is good

    Cons

    Some management needs to be improved

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to have either strong technique ability or good communications with teammates or both.


  5. "Opportunities to grow in many different functions."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High technology products and services helping people communicate in all regions of the world. Constantly challenging environment with support from management to grow the business.

    Cons

    Performance reviews were an "event" some years with some managers but well worthwhile with managers who took objective setting and management to those targets seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Manage cash better - led to bankruptcy protection status. Significant effort and committment seen even once bankruptcy protections status was in place.


  6. "Former employees remember it fondly"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IS Director
    Former Employee - IS Director
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nortel provided career and educational opportunities and rewarded employees; employees worked together as one team, one family

    Cons

    Decisions made at the highest levels left the company exposed and unable to recover


  7. "Good, but gone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Wonderful workplace
    - Big lab

    Cons

    - bankrupted
    - financially risky
    - Problem in product direction

  8. "Very Good Place for new graduates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and mentoring mechanism. Very good culture. Nice people....

    Cons

    Business outlook is getting worse
    marketing is not good


  9. "Was a fantastic place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and full autonomy

    Cons

    bankrupt.. need I say more.

    Advice to Management

    You killed the company


  10. "Good company to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Belleville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Belleville, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Good managers

    Cons

    Political, nothing else I can think of


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