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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. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teamwork, great benefits, relaxed environment, helpful managers, stressful but fulfilling environment

    Cons

    none that I can think of at the time


  2. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free education benefit
    Low stress

    Cons

    Too much company politics

    Advice to Management

    Less politics

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Dinosaur"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work, life balance. hours were reasonable for the most part. they had good 401K matching and good vacation.

    Cons

    Stock was skimpy and worthless. Total compensation low. company networking products weren't competitive, which wasn't an inspiring work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to break down the barriers between groups and have stronger messaging and leadership from management. compensation not competitive enough to keep good employees.


  4. "Good people at Nortel"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really like working at Nortel. Salaries and compensation were very competitive.

    Cons

    Nortel bought too many companies that didn't add enough to the bottom line.


  5. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good product line,acknowledgement of work and industry standard perks

    Cons

    Unfortunate financial disaster happened with Nortel

    Advice to Management

    Management should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster


  6. "Good old company but could not adopt new market patterns"

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    Former Employee - Lead Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Very strong IP.
    2. Hub for innovation.
    3. Good network of people

    Cons

    1. Very old fashioned senior management.
    2. Management in favor of stereotyped workers.


  7. "Company doesn't exist anymore. However, pros and cons probably continue in the new organization."

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    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company history (good for your resume)
    Talented, friendly and helpful co workers
    Good technology
    wok / life balance
    decent pay

    Cons

    No job stability. My team reduced to half its size over a few months.
    Upper management misrepresented the state of the company before bankruptcy.

    Advice to Management

    The company does not exist nyore

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Downsizing all the time"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects
    Got to work with good and hard working people
    Fair compensation and benefits although there were less and less over years

    Cons

    Very tight budget and got worse every year
    Layoffs happened all the time
    People very stressed - no job security
    Morale extremely low

    Advice to Management

    We all know what happened to the company which is now being sold off piece by piece. No core leadship team left now to take suggestions.


  9. "Working @nortel"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great! Pay is pretty good compared to other tech companies and the cafeteria on site was pretty good.

    Cons

    It's a dying company and hubris has destroyed a once great company. It should have never gone on a buying spree for dotcom companies that imploded

    Advice to Management

    sell everything and restart! Chop off useful pieces of the company and try to rescue the ones that are worth something


  10. "Non stop layoff"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexbility . Working from home all the time. No pressure since all talents left and no competition. All levels of management is currently looking for job as well.
    It used to be a great place to work prior than year 2000 . But it went down like a roller coaster. It even got worse since the Mike Zs ninja leading styles. Company is full of black belt projects and no real work.

    Cons

    All talents left already . This is a sinking boat. Chapter 11 already and Chapter 7 is on the way soon. Layoff is currently happening every week and no one knows who is the next turkey on the dinning table.

    Advice to Management

    All need to Leave ASAP. Mike Z and Joe would stay until the end ???


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