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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"

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    Current Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time

    Pros

    good place, lots of fun, no complaints
    great environment, fun people. can not complain.
    fast paced.surrounded by very intelligent people with
    a diverse background

    Cons

    maybe too fast paced. gotta keep up with the ball.
    falling behind will cause bad things to happen.
    just keep on top of it and all will be good.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work. no lack of transparancy between heirachacle levels in the work place.
    Keep up the free food and benefits, great place.


  2. "My Review of Nortel"

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    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team...Good work life balance. Employees had been there for a long time

    Cons

    Bad Management, This eventually lead to the company being bankrupt and thousands of people losing their pension

  3. "good for a new graduate student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At Nortel, if you are new graduate, you will learn a lot of technology. From program language, code standard, to telecomm. protocols, you also got professional training. This helps your future career. Nortel was too nice to employees.

    Cons

    At Nortel, sometimes you feel the overlap of product developments. Also there are some employee just came for earn money, instead they did not make contribution to code.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately Nortel was gone. I cannot make advices to the management team. I know some of the managers moved to RIM, then they made RIM gone. The culture of Nortel is too good to allow lazy people stay here.


  4. "Unfortunate Loss"

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    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nortel was a Canadian icon with plenty of intellectual property. A lot of money was spent on R&D & it owned many patents still in use today.

    Cons

    It's unfortunate that mismanagement & the financial crisis finally put this company into bankruptcy. Selling the right line of business of at the right time could have meant that other lines of business would continue to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Obtain information & make a clear decision. Don't freeze when put in a position to determine a company's future.


  5. "Nortel Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This was a great Canadian company to work for. It was the pride of a nation for over a century and provided many opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Greedy executives got in the way. Sadly, they tried to bring in too many American Execs who were more concernded with picking the bones dry than saving what was left of a Canadian institution.


  6. "great"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good people, benefits, work at home policy

    Cons

    going bankrupt, leadership, the training was limited to on job experience


  7. "generally very positive"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunity and innovation company with excellent R&D

    Cons

    politics, executive management failure,overly middle managed

  8. "Too bad they tanked"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The ability to work from home was great. There was a great deal of flexibility in the hours. Learned so much from all the others.

    Cons

    Company didn't last. Upper management was too greedy and too bad they went out of business. It was great while it lasted.


  9. "Marketing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Great mood.

    Cons

    Bankrupted and this is a bad news.


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Thorough process,solid product quality, treat employees well, enormous pop for career growth.

    Cons

    Bad mgmt. endless spending on requisition.

    Advice to Management

    N/a - titanic already sank.


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