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Not a place to build a career

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Former Employee - Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at Ciena full-time

Pros

- Some people are very knowledgeable in their area
- Good technology if you're actually let to work on it
- Good place to go after school if you don't have a better offer, develop some marketable skills, then look for a better job where you can build a career

Cons

- Terrible compensation
- Bonuses are a joke
- No career development especially for new grads
- Not enough room for new grads to prosper
- Too many layoffs (2 or 3 times per year at times) - if you're a new grad they will try to make you think that you are safe from layoffs and that they're trying to make the company younger, but the truth is they have a deal with the government of Ontario to hire new grads (it's basically free for them) then if you're not a top performer or even if you're a top performer but your manager hasn't developed you and given you ownership then they will lay you off. As a new grad you may even get laid off in less than 6 months! Beware!!
- Very team dependent. Your team may be really good or it may be terrible - In general, if they haven't been able to tell you what your role is clearly before they give you an offer, then chances are they don't even know what your role is. You don't want to be in that situation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the management.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Sr. Engineer Post-Sales

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    Former Employee - Network Transformation Solutions Engineer  in  Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Network Transformation Solutions Engineer in Mexico City (Mexico)

    I worked at Ciena as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Because is a small company, it gives the opportunity to move easy and resolve soon internal issues

    Cons

    There are many power groups that does n´t contribute to teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be more sensitive with low levels organization´s

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Focused company with competent people

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    Current Employee - Component Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Component Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent health benefits.
    Stock option terms almost guarantee 15%+ profit every 6 months
    Great teamwork corporate culture

    Cons

    Low operating margin due to telecom market. Promotion, raise, and bonus are hard to come by.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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