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Too bad it went down
Verification Manager (Network Management) (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON6 February 2018
You do not spend so many years with one company believing in it and enjoying the work so it was with great pain I saw it going down affecting so many people.
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We all know the story!!
VOIP Interoperability Engineer (Former Employee) –  Belleville, ON5 February 2018
Joined as a new-grad; and was lucky enough to work on some of the best VOIP products in a development role. Worked with an awesomely talented group of people.

It's unfortunate the company couldn't survive. Nortel's best assets were it's people and its technology. I learned a lot (both technically and life lessons as well).
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Fun while it lastest
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON22 January 2018
Very good place to work. Solid leadership. Opportunities for advancement. Enjoyable work environment. Excellent benefits package and rewarding when the job is well done.
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Productive and Fun
RF DESIGN ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 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.
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Grew too fast
Various (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON15 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.
Pros
Great Technology
Cons
Grew too fast and died
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Great positive atmosphere
Customer Service Clerk (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON7 January 2018
Leaders are very approachable and listen to what people have to say. Excellent opportunities to learn and develop. A company that cares about the environment, future and employees.
Pros
Pay is good
Cons
Have to keep raising the bar
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Interesting projects
Software Designer / Software Architect (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON19 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.)
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workplace culture
Oracle Database Administrator (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON28 November 2017
The management was so supportive and the workplace culture was amazing. Learned to be a great team player and to grow knowledge by sharing and helping one another.
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Productive and fun place to work
HR OFFER SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, Ontatio16 November 2017
Very nice place to work. Worked there for many years, from the start up to the their peak. Very friendly environment, lots of areas to move around in withing the company.
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Great
Network Engineer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa West, ON3 November 2017
At the time it was great. Good friends and workers. Large organization. Paid well. Good food in the cafeterias. Lots of money for training. Great place
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Went bankrupt
CDMA Wireless System R&D Engineer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON15 October 2017
Unfortunate.
Good company, good culture. Supplied a lot of working opportunities in Canada. Unfortunately it went bankrupt.
Meet a lot of nice working people there.
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job no longer exists
Prototype Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON12 October 2017
job does not exist anymore, company is only a name now. I was part of an engineering team developing electronics cases based on size and cooling ability
Pros
good money
Cons
company is dead
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Product Engineer/Customer Returns department (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON10 October 2017
Great in the hay days. Good benefits, great location, free parking, onsite gym, games rooms etc...



A great company and thousands of people's jobs were destroyed by a few people's greed.
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bien aime mon expériance de travaille
OPÉRATEUR DE LIGNE AUTOMATISÉE (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC28 September 2017
bonne ambiance et bien aimer mon expérience de travail
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International Experience
Network Integrator (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON, Canada26 September 2017
During this time I was stationed in Europe. Awesome experience and helped me to grow not only from a career prospective but also from soft skills prospective.
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au coeur des projets de recherche
Acheteur projets spéciaux (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC20 September 2017
Travailler avec différents groupes afin de trouver les meilleures alternatives avec l'indépendance requise pour négocier.
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It was a great tech job
Secretary / Database technician (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC17 September 2017
Great tech environment. I had to work mostly with computer databases of customers which I enjoyed. Full-time job but through a temp agency. Management could have been better, this once great company unfortunately went out of business.
Pros
Great tech environment
Cons
Temporary work
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ok.
Production Assistant (1-yr contract position) (Former Employee) –  Saint John, NB13 September 2017
Only worked there a year, but was a contractor. Employees made good money and shares, but not contractors. Good experience. Good people. Was only there for a year.
Pros
people
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Strong company with great support for development
Strategic Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON5 September 2017
Great culture in supporting others at work for common goals and overall successes for many involved; encourage all to continuously learn and develop; great place to be in early in career
Pros
Great support for learning and development
Cons
Very large company and must make own path to grow and develop
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Great company that is unfortunately gone!
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Montréal-Ouest, QC23 August 2017
Nortel Networks Corporation, formerly known as Northern Telecom Limited, Northern Electric and sometimes known simply as Nortel, was a multinational telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1895 as the Northern Electric and Manufacturing Company. At its height, Nortel accounted for more than a third of the total valuation of all the companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), employing 94,500 people worldwide.
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