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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)

  • Only the sad part that was on chapter 11 and been bought by Avaya (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "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


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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.


  3. "Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management"

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

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

    Pros

    I liked the work I was doing.

    Cons

    They have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to Management

    Be more in tune with the people that actually do thw rok.


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  5. "Death of an Industry Giant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with many smart inovative people. Good Benefits. competitive salaries. Great products and a wonderful customer base

    Cons

    Executive churn and mismanagment caused the downfall of this company. Late to the market with products because of a lack of focus and comitment.

    Advice to Management

    to late now


  6. "It used to be good before the bankruptcy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None except easy work and going home early

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position for a long time

    Advice to Management

    You raised your forecast before bankruptcy..


  7. "waste of time"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary, good benefits, relaxed environment

    Cons

    many to list here...wasted so much money on internal controls

    Advice to Management

    should have had a good CEO


  8. "Working condition at Nortel"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It has quite a few good people in the company, and dedicated to their works, and have been there for a very long time.

    Cons

    It is a very corrupt place, it is basically who you know, not what you know type of environment. The chance of getting promoted is only someone left or died.

    Advice to Management

    Your actions have led to the company's bankruptcy. Many people got impacted because of that.


  9. "Good job for telecommuters"

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

    Pros

    Cultural Diversity
    Ability to Telecommute
    Highly skilled employees to work with

    Cons

    In bankruptcy
    Very few employees left
    No future with the company

    Advice to Management

    Finalize the bankruptcy and move on.


  10. "Nortel was a great company, but all things come to an end due to poor leadership."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    not many of the last few years.

    Cons

    spiral tumble since the financial scandal, stupid ideas never helped us recover.

    Advice to Management

    They must puch back to the executives, informing them what is not working, rather than being YES men.


  11. "A once-proud company going down for the second time."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A player in the cutting edge of technology. Good educational opportunities. The possibility of advancing in management rapidly (if that is your career goal).

    Cons

    Authoritarian management, sometimes ridiculous work hours, poor place for advancement for purely technical people. If you are not a manager, you are treated as a piece of equipment, to be used and then discarded. Poor quality of products.
    Management focuses entirely on deadlines, and products are rushed to market with little or no testing and are consequently of very poor quality. Time that could be spent on doing the job right the first time is instead spent on patching a very flawed program so it works at some minimal level of reliability.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as assets to the company, not liabilities. Focus on long-term goals, not just the closest deadline. At this point, however, it may be too late......


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