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Nortel Networks Richardson Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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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. "Awesome company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and environment

    Cons

    There are no negatives for the job

    Advice to Management

    Great


  2. "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Nortel was great while it lasted, simply because of the bond that formed between the employees. Regardless of location, everyone got along. I still speak with several ex-collegues on occasion.

    Cons

    Towards the end, once the word bankruptcy was whispered, the constant threat of layoffs tainted most conversations. It became increasingly difficult to think of anything else, but I guess that happens at most companies and is not unique to Nortel.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Tech in R&D Captive Office"

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

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

    Pros

    The dotcom hysteria had just reached its apex when I joined the scene, and for a while mine was the best job I could ever hope for. I likened the atmosphere surrounding telecom to accounts given of the California Gold Rush, albeit without the risk of failure. Telecom was too big too fail, its frontiers seemed endless.
    No expenses were spared to "git 'er done" as dozens of sage and wise execs came and went, all of them talking about "moving forward with a black belt", grabbed their hefty severance packages and booked, leaving the next to issue earnings restatements and invariably follow suit.
    It is quaintly overlooked that Nortel was a Canadian company, not the "typical greedy American corporation". Yet the Nortel suits' hubris and swagger easily matched that of Enron's, WorldCom's, Lehman's and GM's visionaries.

    Cons

    It's a lowdown, dirty shame how Nortel cannibalized itself and its "leaders" gleefully left their workers without pensions.
    I'm reminded of Nortel every time I see unkempt, slapdash data closets in violation of OSHA and Bell Standards, telephone connector boxes streetside left open, the lids taken off and "forgotten" by the techs themselves...

    Advice to Management

    Nothing you do or say will ever make you look less like telecom's money-grubbing Harvey Weinsteins, every one of you.


  4. "Survived until late 2008"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Was a really good place to work from late 90's thru mid-2000's.
    Great, intelligent teammates and an environment with plenty of resources.
    Able to telecommute full time.
    Good software processes.
    Great facility.
    Good work/life balance. Nortel clubs. Workout facility.
    Great affordable health benefits.
    Good retirement plans.

    Cons

    Execs drove company into the ground by trying to be in too many markets at once.
    Nortel culture-at-large did not provide much diversification within a team/product. Engineers would get stuck on one aspect of a product/software (code owner) which limited visibility of the big picture. This limited effectiveness of code and document reviews.
    Had to move to another department for growth and promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Too late. It's over.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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