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Nortel Networks Richardson Reviews

Updated April 4, 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. "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..


  2. "Was fun while it lasted"

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

    Pros

    Was great to work for a company who was an industry leader in many areas of communications technology. Lots of opportunity to work with differrent technologies in many different markets.

    Cons

    Was great until a string of ineffective business leaders took charge. Too many changes in direction, poor business decisions and slow responses to markets led to the company's downfall.

    Advice to Management

    Irrelevant now since the company is no longer in business. Needed to make better business decisions and to act more quickly.

  3. "I enjoyed working with the people at Nortel."

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, telecommute friendly, great benefits & vacation.

    Cons

    Advancement difficult if not on highly visible project. Poor executive leadership. Too much reinventing the wheel. Too CMM level focused.

    Advice to Management

    Managers, rotate people to different parts of project. Focus on journey of process improvement instead of CMM level


  4. "Reduce and improve the time and cost of Nortel's products landed cost"

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    Former Employee - Cost Reduction Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Reduction Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nortel produced some of the most advanced products in the telecommunications field. The OC switching and the Enterprise groups really have great product portfolios to compete with competitors. Wireless was solid in TDMA, CDMA and LTE. The people you worked with were on average great people both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Too many layers, complex matrix environment, too many people duplicating effort, focused on the wrong product (UMTS) whent he industry was leap frogging to LTE. Enterprise group should have led the way more to cut costs and bring in more revenue with Nortel brand recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Too late the company is gone. So sad so many good people and products went under. If it comes back from the brink I would want to help bring this Canadian company back.


  5. "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


  6. "Wonderful, till laid off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great community of people who care for the same end result. You are never held back because of who you are or what you do.

    Cons

    The stress of seeing your co-workers (friends) getting laid off. Not knowing what the future holds and how the end result will be for you


  7. "It was a great experience and too bad the comany was bankrupt."

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    Current Employee - Nortel Telecom MSO in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Nortel Telecom MSO in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great experience great company company. The benefits were greats the environment was great.
    I really thinkNortel should come back and canadian govt should back it

    Cons

    too focused on cisco and forgot to create a date centric work force. Wireless plans were greats but lacked the aggression of ericsson and nokia

    Advice to Management

    should have bought companies that were complementing not just for the sake of buying.
    ALU and NOKIA are good examples on how to survive.

  8. "Instsrutor"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall work enviroment and staff

    Cons

    Lots of info and technology to keep up with.

    Advice to Management

    More cross training would be nice.


  9. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big company with a great history of telecom

    Cons

    chapter 11 has been very hard to handle and control duriing this period of time in nortel, but we belive

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  10. "Poor Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many projects to work on, opportunities in the entire Software development lifecycle - requirements, development, test, integration, support, field support

    Cons

    Poor senior management - no directions, company has basically sold off all important pieces to other companies - look at competitors

    Advice to Management

    look at your strengths ... your employees. many have left or moved to better opportunities.


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