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Flexible, fulfilling, but still acts like a start-up which is sometimes not a good thing.

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Current Employee - Director  in  Linthicum, MD
Current Employee - Director in Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

Pros

Flexible, good salary, ok benefits, nice offices in Linthicum MD,

Cons

Lack of processes/systems cause many manual and therefore time-consuming, error-prone activities. Lots of non-value add work due to lack of investment in infrastructure/processes. Lack of financial analysis. Accounting refuses to provide financial analysis to management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in IT/infrastructure and FP&A. Mandate policies. Man-up.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  2.  

    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
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