Laser Reliability Operator (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 31 May 2018
I monitored lazers in artificial environments to see how long they would last, this included taking them out of oven that would speed up their aging and use software to determine if they failed and if so at what age.
SPC Engineer (Former Employee) – Nepean, ON – 17 March 2018
The people and working environment are great. They are always more people work on a project. Its education of its employees is good but costly. Hired employees are supposed to have some knowledge. Internal training and switching are allowed but must be on a limited basis.
Electronic Technologist (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 13 February 2018
I really enjoyed my experience working at Nortel. Quality was always of the utmost importance, even if it affected the bottom line. All levels were open to suggestions for improved process and work environment
RF DESIGN ENGINEER (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 20 January 2018
Projects were interesting and the workplace culture was professional. Always had sufficient resources and lab equipment to complete the projects. Team building with offsite outings were helpful to build team synergy.
Various (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 15 January 2018
Nortel had great technology and a great culture. When we grew the company and were having great success we hit a bump when the administration changed in 2000. The DEMs and REPs had totally different view of the telecom market....in 2000 Bush cancelled the 8 year project - 1996 Telecom Reform Act - also he replaced Kennard with Powell and that began the downfall of Nortel. Our new markets disappeared, and our old customers simply purchased unused equipment from the now defunct new customers... When Nortel started to downsize, rather than keep all of the people that helped build the company and were out in the trenches trying to fix things, they got rid of them and kept the guy that went to lunch with the manager...in effect, they kept all of the add-on employees vs. the employees that built the company. This 'practice' was amplified further after each round of layoffs until ultimately, there was no one left in the trenches and just useless management tools.
Software Designer / Software Architect (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 19 December 2017
Nortel had mixed history of projects and development. Many good projects came out of Nortel along with working with good people, but other factors eventually lead to dissolution of company. Several of these project live on with other companies (optical, wireless, gateways, etc.)