Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 5 September 2014
Updated 5 September 2014
433 Reviews
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433 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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88 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 27 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 29 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.  

    Great place to work while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nortel Networks as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Felt respected, well compensated, and had interesting work to do

    Cons

    Poor CEO resulted in company all but disappearing. Not sure there's anything left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    R&D is important. Drasticly cutting back on R&D may have resulted in short-term gain in share price, but killed the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    - Extremely nice colleagues
    - Well maintained campus

    Cons

    - Can be hard getting a project started

  3.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Loved the work, had a huge issue with upper management

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer III  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Field Engineer III in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I liked the work I was doing.

    Cons

    They have a company wide layoff every 5 years or so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in tune with the people that actually do thw rok.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management should have taken earlier steps to prevent this disaster

    Recommends
  7.  

    Fantastic company, great people, lousy decision making

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Nortel was one of the best companies to work for in the late 90s and briefly had the highest market cap. People were great. CAreer opportunities and mobility were taken seriously. positive can do attitude and everyone had a clear view of the direction of the company - and most had an equity stake it in too!

    Cons

    A combination of telecom bubble burst, accounting scandal, overpriced acquisitions, dubius management decisions and trying to grow too quickly created a perfect storm which destroyed the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No upper management left to advise!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    enjoyed Nortel

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good equipment, excellent travel opportunity

    Cons

    expenses very restricted so had to buy cheap. yuk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late, they've gone already

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company and good people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT  in  Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay , flexibility and career advancement.

    Cons

    Filed chapter 11 in 2009. Even through chapter 11 the company did what they could for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to do a better job at investing money which led to chapter 11.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great company at one time

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great company at one time

    Cons

    The company was once great but was not managed in the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Bend-over-backwards service to customers at throwaway pricing

    Cons

    Company went under because lots of stuff were given away for free

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not sufficient that we turn up back-bone networks at customer premises, it is equally important that we develop one ourselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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