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Nortel Networks Richardson Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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)

  • 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. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    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.


  2. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice work environment and office

    Cons

    Business Strategy and weak management with lack of growth strategy


  3. "Professional Services Manager"

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    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


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    "What a mess"

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    Former Employee - Technician, Doc Engineer, Commish in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technician, Doc Engineer, Commish in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked in R&D for about 10 years and literally got to build the labs from scratch. I also learned so much about every aspect of cutting-edge telecom at the time. Working around the clock was never an issue as it didn't feel like work to me.

    Cons

    The carousel of CEOs like the ever-smirking John Roth all talking tough, then taking off with their golden parachutes caused the demise of Nortel. Lower management got into the fever, too, literally throwing everything into the trash that didn't cooperate - a laptop with a bad battery, tons of copper wire, etc.

    Advice to Management

    This will happen again and again to other companies out of selfishness, and if your company does anything like Nortel did and its numbers resemble Nortels, you're doing things seriously wrong.


  6. "Nice company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    easy going, great team members, very approachable and a great team to work for and learn. Some very experienced members on the team

    Cons

    A little too laid back, they need to ensure their targets and priorities change every year and keep growing

    Advice to Management

    A bit more aggressiveness in career progression - some folks don't seem to advance, or want to advance despite being in the same role and level for years


  7. "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


  8. "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


  9. "Loved working at Nortel"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best products. Best people, Best Customers, Best work life balence.

    Cons

    Accounting scandal, too many unknowns, no future growth.

    Advice to Management

    Shouldn't have sold the 5 business units.


  10. "Great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The people working there were top notch.

    Cons

    Mismanaged into the ground. The constant threat of layoffs.


  11. "My experience with Nortel was a brilliant experience."

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

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

    Pros

    Great office culture with open door policy. Excellent benefits and room for personal growth.

    Cons

    Nortel went out of business 2010.

    Advice to Management

    I am interested in a work-life balance.


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