Ciena

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Use to be a lot more fun

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Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Linthicum, MD
Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

Pros

work life balance
work from home
company allows for good accomodation for travelers
decent pay

Cons

massive changes due to aquisition
market forces not necessarily in favor of the company
lot of compitition
no longer have the big cash cusion that sustained the company through rough times
bonus payouts are spotty at best
raises have been slim in last 3 years

Advice to ManagementAdvice

make the changes necessary to processes to get them working more efficiently

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Overall, not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Some VERY smart people work here - learn a lot
    Everyone does strive to resolve issues and lots of laughter on most conference calls

    Cons

    Long hour days
    Too many meetings and "cooks in the kitchen" at times
    Struggle with the tight budgets given to build products
    Too many acquisitions and opinions on how to do things
    Forward progress is frustrating to achieve, nothing happens fast
    95% communication via email

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't procedure us to death - what used to take a day now takes a week.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you enjoy layoffs, excessive overtime, and management abuse, Ciena is the place for you.

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    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Ciena has retains some highly competent engineers; compensation is good (while it lasts). Ciena has a technically decent portfolio of products (albeit not profitable ones).

    Cons

    Ciena goes through regular cycles of mass layoffs and outsourcing. Heavy overtime is expected, software in particular is abused and opportunities for advancement and learning new technologies are limited. Software engineers can do much better elsewhere. Software engineering management jobs are even worse: despite much lip-service paid to good management practices, management at Ciena is insanely political; managers are expected to leave their conscience at home: ride staff hard, burn 'em out, and then lay 'em off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To management: develop some respect for staff and shareholders. Stop rewarding executives for losing money. Return Ciena to its core competence: communications technology development. Use proven staff to develop new products instead of buying companies that are bleeding out and then putting them in charge of the company.

    To the board of directors: Gary Smith has run Ciena as a "sales and marketing company" for more than a decade; he has decimated shareholder value and burned huge amounts of cash while rewarding himself handsomely. Every quarter seems to have a "one-time" charge. Why exactly do you keep this guy?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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