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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
440 Reviews

3.3
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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87 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.  

    Nortel Account Manager

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

    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
  2.  

    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)

    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
  3.  

    Good company to work for

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

    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
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    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)

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    enjoyed Nortel

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

    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
  7.  

    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)

    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
  8.  

    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)

    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
  9.  

    Customer Support

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

    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
  10.  

    A lot of learning experience

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    I work as inter in Optera branch. Mainly focus on firmware development. While there, I get to learn new technology, work independent, and under minimal supervision.

    Cons

    A lot of learning at beginning. You would have to work on your own with minimal help from mentor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    gained extensive hands on experience, fortunate to work for a great team

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    Former Employee - Systems Designer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    great culture before going bankrupt. not so much anymore.

    Cons

    no clear direction anymore, job security no longer something on the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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