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Great place to work but mediocre pay & advancement opportunities

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Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Flexible work environment (relationship with immediate manager is key)
Highly intelligent and productive people; peers & managers included
Plenty of responsibility, task diversity, high level of influence
No tolerance for poor performance or bad interpersonal skills

Cons

Mature management & staff; (few opportunities for role advancement)
At or below market salary (you'll want to negotiate everything going in)
Limited pay increase potential (annual raises are not very common)

Advice to Management

Keep up pay for performance initiatives;
Hire new grads to get new perspectives and long term growth

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  1. Ciena used to be a nice place to work, but poor management decisions have led to its decline.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Ciena

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Compensation is competitive to the industry
    2. Work-life balance was fine - flexible hours
    3. Immediate working peers were fantastic - team environment

    Cons

    1. Limited to no career growth
    2. After every merger, the keys were handed to execs in the new company in favor of existing employees (e.g. NT now owns majority of eng. development)
    3. No loyalty to employees
    4. Indecisive management
    5. Constantly changing long term vision
    6. Clickish environment - it matters who you know

    Advice to Management

    You should reward loyalty to your employees who have been there for the long term vs. favoring new acquisitions and their employees.

  2. Quality People

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    Current Employee - Sales in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena has quality people who care about their company and their jobs. They have flexible work arrangements and compensation is fair.

    Cons

    As compared to other companies I have worked in Ciena has few "con's". As I have to say something I would say those typical of a technical company.

    Advice to Management

    I choose not to answer this question as I can't presume to know the best way to run a company.

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