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Good place to start your career with. Very closed culture especially from the Former Nortel employees. Avoid Montreal

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Former Employee - Engineering  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
Former Employee - Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)

Pros

Local Gym
Good location if you are in Ville Saint Laurent
Good startup for engineers eager to work closely with Low Cost Manufacturing
Health and Dental benefits are reasonable.

Cons

Senior Management inherited from the Nortel Era in Montreal.
Very dysfunctional at the level of cross organizational activities.
Very short-sighted middle managers and no long term vision
No formal training. A lot of self preservationist attitude that make you sick to your stomach.

In brief, the management at Montreal Ciena is the wash off from the bankrupt Nortel days. Unfortunately the flagship products are that of the Ciena Ottawa/Montreal which makes the long term vision very bleak if head office in Linthicum, MD does not do anything about it.
Very "clicky" and very hard to break into the ranks for the established "hierarchies". A lot of arrogance and attitude. Zero chance for progress and promotion.

Overall, a place to start with your career but not beyond 3 years maximum. If you are ambitious and looking for new challenges then it will be a hard place to stay in for very long unless you get accepted in the established clicks. You could be the most educated person of the bunch and yet managers will only think of their service impact on the short term rather than benefiting the company with the expertise of the talented and educated professionals.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To Gary Smith, the time has come to shuffle the middle and senior managers and directors of Montreal office. This is the only way to save the company. New blood and new culture need to develop in Montreal to align with the established vision of the headquarters in Maryland.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it once was

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people....technology....great benefits....ability to accomplish amazing tasks when everyone works as a team....nice facilities....and again the people, some really great people work at Ciena.

    Cons

    this new upper management team seems to have zero direction, major decisions take forever to be made these days, salaries very much out of whack as some areas pay very well and others have not had raises in years. some areas overworked while constantly having to justify their job. outsourcing effecting quality of product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fix it if it works....stand behind what you preach.....stop lying.....outsourcing is not the answer, just because it looks good on a spreadsheet doesn't mean it is best for ciena nor does it mean it will work....get the company going in the same direction, it still acts as two not as one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer

    Pros

    -. Ethernet Technology
    -. Converge Ethernet and Optical into single platform
    -.

    Cons

    -. Reduce management to employee ratio

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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