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Lead Engineer

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Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Very good place to work

Cons

Lately there has been some layoffs

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Complete Waste Of Life

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology, and nice people to work with. A very fast-paced environment, and lots of potential for moving around to different focus areas.
    Wellness Reimbursement fund given to all employees.

    Cons

    No real bonus or raises in the 4 years I worked there.
    A lot of politics required for any vertical movement (promotions)
    Very little communication between senior management and employees.
    Varied work schedules with no consistency and forced shift schedules.
    Always in "crunch mode".
    Poor release scheduling and management.
    Yes-man to customers, which constantly forces employees to adjust schedules and add features originally not planned in the release.
    Technology can be varied some is current, and some is rather ancient.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees more instead of focusing on business growth. Cut out the management from Nortel, and get managers who have a sense of time and people management. Realize that there are realistic deadlines, and unrealistic deadlines. Unrealistic deadlines usually don't get met on time. ...or simply change the company name to Nortel.


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    Systemically bad management, no investment back into ERP or employees

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    Former Employee - Middle Level Management in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Middle Level Management in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The increasingly dwindling employee base still had a few folks left who were tenured enough to know the day to day process.

    Cons

    *Extremely high employee turnover
    *Bonuses were a farce
    *Terrible upper management
    *Horrible cross departmental communication/cohesiveness
    *Complete lack of concern about employees
    *Zero corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Years before joining Ciena I had heard it was a great place to work - after joining Ciena I heard this used to be such a great place to work. Clean house with old upper level managers/execs and bring in folks who want to work and can respectfully treat employees.


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