Ciena

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If you enjoy layoffs, excessive overtime, and management abuse, Ciena is the place for you.

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Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Linthicum, MD
Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Linthicum, MD

I worked at Ciena

Pros

Ciena has retains some highly competent engineers; compensation is good (while it lasts). Ciena has a technically decent portfolio of products (albeit not profitable ones).

Cons

Ciena goes through regular cycles of mass layoffs and outsourcing. Heavy overtime is expected, software in particular is abused and opportunities for advancement and learning new technologies are limited. Software engineers can do much better elsewhere. Software engineering management jobs are even worse: despite much lip-service paid to good management practices, management at Ciena is insanely political; managers are expected to leave their conscience at home: ride staff hard, burn 'em out, and then lay 'em off.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To management: develop some respect for staff and shareholders. Stop rewarding executives for losing money. Return Ciena to its core competence: communications technology development. Use proven staff to develop new products instead of buying companies that are bleeding out and then putting them in charge of the company.

To the board of directors: Gary Smith has run Ciena as a "sales and marketing company" for more than a decade; he has decimated shareholder value and burned huge amounts of cash while rewarding himself handsomely. Every quarter seems to have a "one-time" charge. Why exactly do you keep this guy?

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

157 Other Employee Reviews for Ciena (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Pretty Good

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    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
  2.  

    Great place to work but mediocre pay & advancement opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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