Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 20 August, 2014
Updated 20 August, 2014
441 Reviews

3.2
441 Reviews
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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.  

    Good company to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer  in  Belleville, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Belleville, ON

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Good managers

    Cons

    Political, nothing else I can think of

  2.  

    Was a fantastic place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Technology in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and full autonomy

    Cons

    bankrupt.. need I say more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You killed the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    life with nortel for more then 10 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    "BIG' corporation, "stability", "depth of technologies"

    Cons

    cuts life hell, down to nowhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    WENT CROOKED

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Paid well. Trained well. Was proud, at one time, to work for them.

    Cons

    Sold there people out! We had a great product, and because of greed, we lost everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start issuing write ups to the workers who don't work, and stop leaning on the ones who do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Incredible potential, sad demise

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, leading edge technology, mature employee management practices.

    Cons

    Executives that concentrate on playing games rather than running the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think strategy in terms of product strategy, not political strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Excellent technology, work on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    crappy senior management. Management did not know company assets focused on manipulating financial books

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Was good while it last

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    great technical work environment, most managers were good, stimulating, good benefits, diverse possibilities for career progression.

    Cons

    the company did not last

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better management at the very top, no more accounting cheats

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My dream job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    Always working on leading edge technology. Working with competent teammate highly knowleadge in their field. Worked with customers that loved the company.

    Cons

    The incompetency of the top management that brought this top companies to bankrupcy destroying thousand of career in same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not repeat these mistakes on your next assignment. Try to upgrade the company you are working for not to destroy it.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Nortel Networks

    Pros

    great opportunities for advancement at all levels

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More whistleblower ability at the employee levels

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very talented people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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