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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated August 1, 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. "Working Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - friendly place
    - normal benefits but no bonuses
    - interesting technology

    Cons

    - got to manage up
    - executives focused on their on thing
    - bad go to market

    Advice to Management

    - people people people
    - market market market


  2. "Good people at Nortel"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really like working at Nortel. Salaries and compensation were very competitive.

    Cons

    Nortel bought too many companies that didn't add enough to the bottom line.

  3. "Nortel had a dynamic and innovative culture that created a positive and energetic atmosphere for employees"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, along with a very talented pool of employees

    Cons

    Leadership was not good at managing the financial affairs of the company

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to spending and accounting


  4. "Chapter 11 - Not Necessary"

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

    Pros

    Strong Products in Wireless infrastructure, Telephony, Networking and Optical Networks
    Cohesive committed employee base with strong culture
    Strong Brand Recognition

    Cons

    Burden of financial restructure in mid 2000's
    Execs unable to monetize IP value
    Business failed to leverage Services as a profitable strength

    Advice to Management

    Chapter 11 was easy way out. Add up the sale of businesses and IP and you more than cover your debt. So Why?


  5. "Nortel is gone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a good place to work

    Cons

    There was some hard decisions that had to be made. It took too long to make them.


  6. "Good technology, bad leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of areas for growth with many different technologies

    Cons

    Certain technologies only available in certain geographical locations

    Advice to Management

    Too much heavy brass, old thinking leadership. Need to be more lean and nimble.


  7. "Director Services"

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    Former Employee - Director of Services
    Former Employee - Director of Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place To Work, people were great.

    Cons

    Bankrupt, no longer in business

  8. "Great career opportunities, smart people but ultimately ineffective leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Innovative company
    Smart people
    Great career opportunities and flexibility for movement (when the company was doing well)

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership
    Ego and lack of honest communication and effective decision making among leadership


  9. "progressively worse corporate culture as they headed toward bankruptcy"

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

    Pros

    great people, excellent networking and leadership development opportunities. Expatriate experience was top notch.

    Cons

    too much expected of too few people as they headed toward bankruptcy

    Advice to Management

    value people more, respect boundaries


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Outstanding products, excellent engineers. Good salaries.

    Cons

    Bad management caused the company to go bankrupt.


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