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Pretty Good

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  • Work/Life Balance
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Linthicum, MD
Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

Pros

great work/life balance
great people to work with
products are impressive
good opportunities for new grads
company that tries to keep things global

Cons

it's unclear what the future holds, even the immediate future
little communication on what to expect
health care plan could be better

Advice to ManagementAdvice

communicate more with the employees
encourage employees to make decisions and maybe even make mistakes
think about the true talent pool

No opinion of CEO

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
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