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30 days ago

Senior System Test Engineer

Ciena San Jose, CA

Cienas Packet Networking portfolio is a complete family of products for the access and aggregation tiers of the network. Typically deployed from the… Glassdoor


20 days ago

Senior Systems Engineer, Regional Field Systems Engineering

Ciena Tokyo

• Assist the sales team with analysis and evaluation of customers technical requirements • Perform network designs using Cienas network design and… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Principal System Test Engineer

Ciena San Jose, CA

Cienas Packet Networking portfolio is a complete family of products for the access and aggregation tiers of the network. Typically deployed from the… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Principal Solution Test Engineer

Ciena San Jose, CA

Cienas Packet Networking portfolio is a complete family of products for the access and aggregation tiers of the network. Typically deployed from the… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Principal Software Engineer - Dataplane

Ciena San Jose, CA

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, offers leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Principal Software Engineer (SDN/Scalability)

Ciena San Jose, CA

The communications networking industry is undergoing transformative change and Ciena is leading the charge with a fresh wave of innovation using… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Principal Software Engineer - IP Applications

Ciena Spokane Valley, Spokane, WA

Principal Software Engineer working on the CSLM/SPLI project. Job Location Spokane Valley, Washington, United States Position… Glassdoor


16 hrs ago

Senior Software Engineer – new

Ciena Spokane Valley, Spokane, WA

• Develop major features and enhancements for the PacketWave platforms • Be able to write functional requirements and technical designs based on… Glassdoor


12 days ago

Senior Software Engineer

Ciena San Jose, CA

include: • Work with Product Line Management team to understand customer requirements • Translate customer requirements to design requirements… Glassdoor


3 days ago

Principal Software Engineer - SDN/Virtualization & NFV – new

Ciena San Jose, CA

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, offers leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services… Glassdoor


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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
Gary B. Smith
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    From Good to Great, Back to Good, then Mediocre, Now Floundering

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    Former Employee - Senior R&D Project Manager in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Project Manager in Linthicum Heights, MD

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

    Pros

    At its best, Ciena had the best technology, brilliant engineers and a true entrepreneurial spirit. They survived the dot-com bust better than many firms, though there were many layoffs along the way. Still, morale was strong and employees truly trusted the leadership team. Promotional opportunities were available even during tough financial periods. Though bonuses dried up, there was a good employee stock purchase plan and basic benefits were above industry averages. But that was all prior to 2010.

    Cons

    The downfall of Ciena began with the acquisition / merger with Nortel's MEN division. Seems like Ciena sold its soul to make the acquisition work, handing over way too much influence to the Nortel groups. As a result, morale went down immediately for the existing Ciena employees and technology development slowed to a crawl. A transition of the engineering team from a US base to Canada and India continued the deterioration of technology development. In the past couple of years it became clear that the Ciena "classic" leadership team (non-Nortel) had lost their edge and were simply collecting their paychecks (and bonuses and stock grants) and are now hanging in there until something better comes along - or until they are told to leave. Since the Nortel acquisition Ciena still cannot quite make much money, always hovering near break-even. This will likely continue as the stuck-in-their-ways Nortel groups gain greater control of the company and power shifts completely to Canada (look for an inversion by 2016). The HR function had not been stellar the past 5 or 6 years, but has become non-existent since 2013 with a new, UK-based leadership team. They seem to be running HR by reading 10-year old Dilbert comic strips, using every outdated cliché to manage the business. As a result, no one ever goes to HR for help with employee issues - you're own your own. Any job openings at Ciena Maryland's facilities are most likely to replace someone who just got fed up and left. If you are Canadian, then Ciena will be a good place to work: the salary and benefits will be competitive, you won't be expected to perform well, and you can probably stay employed for a very long time as the company disposes of their US resources during the next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is well past time for a house cleaning. Probably too late to reverse the move of engineering to Canada and India, so you will suffer with poor technology for the foreseeable future. Operations teams are very over-staffed, especially field service teams. Gary Smith was a great guy and lead Ciena through some really difficult years, but it's time to find a replacement - someone from the outside, not a Nortel guy. The only way to get real profitable is to eliminate the dead wood, as without new products it will be tough to grow sales enough to really turn things around. And see if you can make HR a representative of the employees. Ciena once had a fantastic culture - Joe Chinnici once said it was the closest to Silicon Valley you could find outside of the west coast. See if you can get that culture back. Good luck to you all.

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