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Nortel Networks Reviews

Updated 19 November, 2014
Updated 19 November, 2014
443 Reviews
3.2
443 Reviews
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte
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93 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as you meet your deliverables (in 28 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management made poor buying decisions (in 28 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.  

    Downhill slide

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management, 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    bad company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - General Manager in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    no pros, just back memory

    Cons

    back credit, everything is bad, going down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    not much at this point, they already drove the company into the ground

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working experieince in Nortel

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

    I have been working at Nortel Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment and different races of people. They're not software/hardware centric as Nortel delivers telecommunication system. So far I enjoyed working there perviously

    Cons

    No people moving there. Only size reduction. People worry about whether they will have a job or not the next day. Not much fun to work lately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Young engineers are important to the company, please consider that.

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

    Good company to work with

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Good managers

    Cons

    Political, nothing else I can think of

  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    WENT CROOKED

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

    I worked at Nortel Networks full-time (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
  10.  

    Incredible potential, sad demise

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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

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