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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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Good bye Nortel...."

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    Former Employee - Member of the Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Member of the Scientific Staff in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best Reasons: Opportunity to move into different positions within the company. Rewarded for work on special projects. Laid Back environment.

    Cons

    Massive Layoffs since 2000. The employees that were recently laid off prior to backruptcy recieved no severance. There were too many layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Too many layers of management. Too many acquisitions that did not add value to the company. Failure to merge with other players when concolidation occured.


  4. "Disassembled"

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

    Pros

    Before the fall, it was a great place to work with talented people. Benefits were good and pay was competitive. Leadership is always a mixed bag, but low and middle management not too bad.

    Cons

    Going bankrupt. Hiring outside execs that handled the situation poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Think of all the people you put out of work.


  5. "Nortel Networks, no longer here, but a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright people, very polite and respectful, management was very open to career changes, challenging work on new technology

    Cons

    Nortel did a lot of in-house development of tools/development environment. Experience with these tools does not make you marketable.

    Advice to Management

    Next time, try to avoid bankruptcy. Have a better vision of what the market will need.


  6. "Telecom is a cruel mistress when you are a recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great culture, strong commitment to work/life balance, the individual group in which I worked were all very dedicated and passionate about their work and my direct manager was probably the best boss I've ever had. Nothing like going to work in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops. And of course, at various times when I was there Nortel had industry-best, fabulous technology. It always was a strong engineering company - with a big appetite for hiring. Good times.

    Cons

    History will probably look more kindly on the captain of the Titanic than Nortel executive management circa 1995-2009. RIP my friend.

    Advice to Management

    All that really comes to mind at this point is Bluto's speech to the Deltas - was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Bailey? Nothing is over until we say it's over. That sort of thing. I'll miss Nortel.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Use to be great, not anymore"

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

    Pros

    Great people and leading edge technology. Always challanging and interesting work to get involved with. Excellent Engineering community where people help each other.

    Cons

    Management (or mis-management) has driven the company into the ground with their decisions. Poor choice of positioning the company and its assets has resulted in fire sales of whole divisions and hence let the air out of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Too late now but don't make the same mistakes elsewhere. Some of the programs (six sigma) although useful, were not implemented correctly. Sr. Mgmt put their own pride and their own interests in front of the company and the employees.

  8. "Was a great place to work but Sr. Mgmt. made too many bonehead decisions and we are now in bankruptcy"

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Pay with decent management at the mid and lower levels

    Cons

    We just recently filed for bankruptcy and are in the process of selling off all assets. A bit of a shame and depressing.
    Future is very uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    You guys should have cut unprofitable divisions a long time ago rather than have them continue to suck the life out of the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was good while it lasted."

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was once a great place with good people, just couldn't get it together. The work life balance was really good and the pay was at a good rate.

    Cons

    Never a complete story from Management. It seems as though there was a hidden agenda and the management could not be trusted. Upper management never had the guts to halt a project if it wasn't ready, we would still push it out the door forceing our customer to take a sub-standard product which hurt us in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and not gloss things ove.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This is not the Nortel of 1995."

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

    Pros

    You are surrounded by outstanding technical talent, you can make your own career path, you are not limited in advancement if you don't want to manage people.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing created a very difficult environment to keep teams motivated - moral dropped off further with the bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    The value of your business is your people.


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