Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 411 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014
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3.1 411 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

(82 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Training investment, work/life balance, generous total compensation package"
    in 30 reviews
  • "The ability to work from home was great"
    in 17 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack of 2-way communication between senior management and lower rank staff"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Company sinking, no job security"
    in 11 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

ProsInnovation, bleeding edge product development

ConsPoor management. Couldn't see beyond their own vision

Advice to Senior ManagementTo late

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company very bad boards

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosgreat people and great vision

Conspoor board resulting in poor C-level leadership

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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manager

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsIt was a great place to work with good people.

ConsIt is gone.....someone dropped the ball.

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Great People, Great Technologies, Cash Flow Issues...

User Experience (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time for more than a year

ProsReally talented people. Some really good legacy and new technologies.

ConsBankruptcy. Some culture clash between divisions and acquisitions.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo late now...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsGood place to learn about writing robust sofware

ConsToo big and badly mismanaged by the executives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This is a review for a software designer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Nortel Networks full-time

ProsGreat working atmosphere it was good while it lasted. Good opportunities for new graduates and fosterd good camaraderie. Poor upper management

ConsSlave drivers with no regard for people's personal times. Great working atmosphere it was good while it lasted. Good opportunities for new graduates and fosterd good camaraderie. Poor upper management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nortel Networks for more than 3 years

ProsFlexibility, good work environment, very professional co-workers,

ConsThey gor rid of the manufacturer plants

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Downhill slide

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

ProsGreat co-workers, excellent facilities including variety of onsite food options and fitness facilities, very flexible work hours, many educational opportunities, good locations.

ConsManagement, particularly upper management, seemed disconnected from lower level employees. In later years particularly, too much outsourcing without apparent care for the results it would have.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees when they ask hard questions, don't dismiss with stock answers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great place to work

Senior Verification Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

Pros- amazing bunch of people, smart and no fuss
- pretty cool technology
- competitive salary, benefits and work environment

Cons- mostly incompetent executives
- slow to promote, not necessarily on merit

Advice to Senior Managementnot much at this point, they already drove the company into the ground

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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bad company

General Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

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

Prosno pros, just back memory

Consback credit, everything is bad, going down

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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