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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. "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.


  2. "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......

  3. "Nortel is going nowhere very fast!"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of freedom is given to employees. You also have the ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Company going down the drain. Cost cutting is spreading like a cancer and that is their excuse for everything. Management doesn't really care anymore, to "busy" to care about anything.

    Advice to Management

    Need to retire, make way for younger more fresh ideas. Mike Z's 5 year plan might as well turn into a 15 year plan. Always excuses for why the company is in the condition it's in.


  4. "A great gig while it lasts"

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

    Pros

    Nortel, despite scaling back quite a bit, still has a very good benefits packages. You get almost 30 days of paid time off (between vacation days, corporate holidays, and a floating "personal holiday"), which really helps with work/life balance. Nortel, at least in my experience, has been very tolerant of office employees who want to work at home occasionally.

    Cons

    The obvious downside is that the company isn't doing too well. You never know how long your job is going to be around. The cost cutting has others effects you can see around the workplace. Things just aren't maintained the way they used to be - printers are frequently broken, projectors hard to find, etc.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs major restructuring and cost cotting. Make those hard decisions and make them sooner rather than later. It will make the employees happier to have a better idea of where the company is going.


  5. "Nortel is out of runway....."

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

    Pros

    Salary. Nothing else. Benefits have eroded, all in the favor of Nortel and none in the favor of the employee. Pay increases have been non-existent for the past 6 years and bonuses paid out at 50% or less for the same period. Thus, the one reason to remain with this company is quickly approaching the point of no return.

    Cons

    Long hours
    Constant threat of layoff / RIF
    Constant reorganization
    Lack of direction strategically, other than survival
    Being 3 years into a three year turnaround plan, with no noticeable progress. 10 for 1 reverse split retired stock but stock price is once again hovering at $1 (or $0.10, pre-dilution)

    Advice to Management

    Take some business classes, preferably MBA, and apply the fundamentals. If you do not have the requisite skillset for the role, step aside and let someone who does take over for you. Billions have been lost on malfeasance, greed and outright fraud.

    Formulate a plan and execute. It IS that simple.


  6. "Family oriented but to survive, job cuts have been made and work hours are increasing for those of us still around."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented company but with workforce reductions, its getting harder and harder to take time off without impacting job performance. Very casual, laid back work atmosphere and those that have hung in there are a great bunch of folks.

    Cons

    Multitude of systems that don't talk to each other, manual intervention of tasks to keep things rolling. More and more, the screws are tightening on the front line workers as if 90% of the company is worried about performance improvement and the other 10% is actually doing the work... reminds me of that Office Space episode where everyone keeps asking for the same "TPS" report over and over....

    Advice to Management

    Nortel is in survival mode right now, though our senior leadership team is relatively new, they stepped into this mess and with the current economic issues, it's only getting worse. I respect the fact that they appear to be here for the long haul.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nortel is not the place to work at this time in the corporation's history. Try again later"

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    Current Employee - Product Verification Management in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Product Verification Management in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only reasons remaining to work at Nortel is that the salary and benefits are still very reasonable relative to similar work in the area and that some of the managers still offer flexible work schedules. The ability to occaisionally WFH (Work from Home) and/or work non-standard hours does permit some opportunities to make progress on life issues and other non-work issues for example see your kids in a play or attend parent/teacher conferences at times more convenient to the teachers or be at home for receiving important packages or repairs, etc.. I know this for a fact because I'm a Nortel manager with employees and the majority of those employees admit that the very reasonable salary, the acceptable level of benefits, and especiall my willingness to be flexible on work schedule is the main reason they have not yet left the company.

    Cons

    This place can be so depressing that it gives Welbutrin suicidal thoughts and tendencies. The lack of direction and constant program churn could give a 2Mg Xanax tablet an anxiety attack. The company is contracting in the areas of higher-paying employmetn and expanding rapidly with lower-cost outsourced and contract resources so opportunities for advancement are very, very low and likelihood of being "optimized" from the company is very, very high. It's a constant struggle to do deliver products faster, cheaper, AND with higher and higher quality. History and experience have pretty much proven that those three aspects: Good, Fast, Cheap tend to not exist together. Experience has shown that picking any two aspects and the third aspect becomes more unattainable.

    Advice to Management

    I would beg all senior management to be more open to flexible worktime schedules. I would encourage Nortel Senior Management to insist that employees take vacation (and to plan employee vacation schedules into the delivery schedules -- something which is rarely done). I would highly encourage Nortel's executive managers to be more open and direct regarding impending employee optimizations and, in then in some instances, to offer some reasonable incentives to those soon-to-be-optimized employees to keep them interested and focused on meeting their deliverables and in training their low-cost offshore replacements.

  8. "Used to be a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have good employees and good benefit packages. The people of Nortel are bright engineers and they do have a lot of innovation in their careers. The management respected their employees.

    Cons

    Layoff continues too long from 2000 until present. It decreases the moral of people who work there. Another thing is the top management does have clear vision. Change frequently at the top-level management does not help either.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management must focus on empower engineers. It also needs to make sure where the company headed is right one because they will not be able to start and later cancel projects indefinitely without finance consequences. Moreover they cannot continue selling pieces of the company for their short-term issues.


  9. "No hope..."

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

    Pros

    Nortel used to be an excellent place to work but it is not the case any more.
    In the past few years, things have gone from bad to worst especially under the leadership of Mike Z. The fun of doing the work has completely been destroyed.

    Cons

    The biggest problem is management incompetency and insincerity. It is a shame if this once great company has to go under.

    Advice to Management

    Top 10 senior management should volunteer to lower their compensation to $1 a year each. Recognize that blindly application of six sigma without understanding the nature of Nortel's products is a waste of time and resources.


  10. "Well-compensated but frustrated with stagnant middle management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, brand name recognition, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Uncertain market, perpetual negative cycles

    Advice to Management

    Continuing education...take advantage of it and stop being complacent with your positions


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