Nortel Networks
3.1 of 5 412 reviews
www.nortel.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.1 412 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 26 reviews
  • "The ability to work from home was great"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management made poor buying decisions"
    in 29 reviews
  • "There is absolutely NO job security at Nortel, at least in GPS (was GNPS, second-level support)"
    in 11 reviews
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Fantastic

Human Resources Generalist (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Nortel Networks

Prosgreat opportunities for advancement at all levels

ConsSr. Management mismanaged funds - criminal behavior really unfortunate that it was a great company that became extinct

Advice to Senior ManagementMore whistleblower ability at the employee levels

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very talented people to work with.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Nortel Networks

Pros• Advanced technology in communication technology
• Very talented people to work with
• Lots of opportunities to grow
• Very good work environment

Cons• Up-level management had issues to grow the company
• Too many things to focus at company level
• Went bankruptcy and lost job

Advice to Senior Management• Should focus on the growth of the company
• Know your competitor
• Do not allow this to happen again for Canadian company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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company was going through bad times, morale was low

Data Centre Administrator (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC

I worked at Nortel Networks

Proslots of responsability as employees were let go, we were expected to pick up the slack

Conslow morale as employees were not sure of their future

Advice to Senior Managementwork to increase morale

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Large employer that offers lots of perks

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Brampton, ON

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsWith perks like an on site bank, gym with rock climbing wall, meditation spaces, etc., it seemed like the org really supported its employees.

ConsIn such a large company, it's easy to find yourself in an unimportant position in an unimportant department in an unimportant arm of the org.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise the Nortel Networks management team to focus less on cute perks designed to attract employees. There was a lot of waste.

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Always interesting

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Nortel Networks

Prosalways felt I made a difference
enjoyed the company of other members of my teams

Consdid not except such a large company to fall so drastically

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Nortel had fair compensation but downsizing for 10 years created a low moral work environment which remains.

Verification Manager (Former Employee)
Belleville, ON

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsSalary compensation and great quality of work vs life balance

ConsLow morale after 10 years of downsizing

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to put in place employee satisfaction initiatives

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Great place to work at

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsPlenty of support is available. The environment is very relaxed. The only stress would be the anticipation of getting laid off. The Carling Campus was very pretty

ConsI did not find a lot of opportunities for growth. The career advancement is very limited. The laid back environment could make you lazy as well

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should seriously focus on improving the culture. The culture of being proactive and innovation needs to be brought back

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nortel

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Nortel Networks

ProsExcellent compensation and benefits with bonus structure for retaining employees. Opportunities abound with so few people left to do all the work that needs to be done.

ConsThe company is downsizing having been in bankruptcy protection for the past 18 months. Your job is limited in time by the eventual closure of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the ship running in the current direction, ensure the retention bonuses are paid out to the employees who have remained.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Verification Specialist (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Nortel Networks

Pros-- Good Experience
-- Exposure to Programming(OOP)
-- Exposure to Agile Practices
-- Excellent work ethics and work culture
--Exceptional Opportunities provided
--Manager and co worker very helpful

Cons--Company sinking, no job security
--Less compensation
--Fewer places to move within companies
--stuck with same kinda job forever
--Kinda start liking it in the end(too much slacking and reading newspaper at job makes you dull)

Advice to Senior Management--Take Control
--Atleast choose able Management
--Be stricted
--Start paying more to employees
--Take a fresh start and forget all about legacies and ethics that Nortel was once know for being an industrial and stock Market leader
--Please use your brain

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nortel is defunct - a employer review no longer matters

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Nortel Networks

ProsGreat individuals to work with. Lots of telecom history and industry veterans who still work there under the Ericsson banner. I wish them well.

ConsLots of good talent held back by lack of accountability in project execution, and multiple layers of incompetent middle management. Horrible executive team.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone- the corporation is dead, and management deceived its employees all the way until the bankruptcy began. RIP Nortel.

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