Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
441 Reviews
3.2
441 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
Chris Ricaurte
93 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 28 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home was great (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 28 reviews)

  • Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company.equal opportunity employer..very good employee care..

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    Former Employee - Site Engineering Manager in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Site Engineering Manager in Bangalore

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Equal opportunity employer...very good employee care...very friendly environment..

    Cons

    performance monitoring system is poor..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selection procedure should be proper especially at top levels,employees should be given proper training for not misusing company facilities...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Most professional, fundamentally strong, technology know-how are far more superior

    Cons

    Nothing as such to say about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

  3.  

    Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Bangalore

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company great culture and great people

    Cons

    leadership issues, failed to capitalise on the stated objectives

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  5.  

    Good company to be at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    1. R & D oriented company having great opportunities of growing professionally.

    Cons

    Unstable finances and market credibility. Also increasing losses every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarity in finances and taking competition aggressively.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The best, till it lasted

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    No one would like to leave this company on their own.

    Cons

    Top managements' blunders have costed the company its life, pride and existence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for any advice...Its a sunken ship

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Technically Sound people to work with. Great opportunity to learn new technologies. Good Work Environment. Flexible work hours. Good Employee Benefits.

    Cons

    KNown for their layoffs(luckily I was not the one). Some Managers are really not worth their position. If you end up in a bad team your career is definitely to be screwed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to find the talent and also conduct proper reviews. Sometimes it is a necessity to think about employees personal life than to ram them with work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best company till now for me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MDA in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - MDA in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Very good work culture
    Provide very good employee benefits
    Excellent work balance between Work and personal life

    Cons

    Most of the time you have to work as a single entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to improve your business in Asia region specially in India.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved working at Nortel

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Best products. Best people, Best Customers, Best work life balence.

    Cons

    Accounting scandal, too many unknowns, no future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't have sold the 5 business units.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Best company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Terrific products, good collaborative culture, innovative teams, and an exciting marketplace

    Cons

    Overly complex organization structure, too many market directions, complicated processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company was essentially dissolved and sold off in parts to other entities, so no need to suggest advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, Great People, Great Products, but Poor Upper Management

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic to work with such talented people on world class products! We listened to our customers and our designers and, by doing so, created the most reliable and feature rich telecommunication products in the world.

    Cons

    Last few CEOs did not understand the business and started cost cutting and layoffs which improved their bonuses but killed innovation, hurt moral, and destroyed customer confidence. Trust your staff. They created the business and have a passion and desire to have that success continue. Employees were treated as a liability rather than the intellectual assets that made the company what it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead through vision, not cost cutting. Listen to your people. Together Nortel could have had an excellent future. Instead, management threatened employees with firing and verbal abuse if the disagreed with any proposed changes. A company cannot function that way for long, and Nortel died after 125 years of success thanks to this poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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