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"Sub-par Management"

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Good salary and benefits
- Good opportunites
- Decent time off policies
- Decent working environment
- Some opportunities for growth (if the company grew)

Cons

- Terrible top management. Same senior management and Board of Directors for at least 10 years. Golden parachutes (for what?) are abundant. That is the main reason for all the "one-time charges".
- Layoffs, acquisition, layoffs, acquisition, layoffs, acquisition
- Titles are out of whack. Directors, Senior Directors, VP are flying around everywhere. Who actually works there?

Advice to Management

Get some folks (and not the cronies that started with the original Ciena organization) in there and run it as "real company". CEO Gary Smith's previous job was as Vice President of Sales at the semi-public entity Intelsat. Time to change (even if it will cost the CEO's 3 million dollar exit agreement).

Other Employee Reviews for Ciena

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in City of Spokane Valley, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in City of Spokane Valley, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena pays among the leaders.

    Cons

    Work/life balance could use improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee, ask for feedback.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people are great to work with. very professional

    Cons

    Little career development or advancement

    Advice to Management

    focused on company growth

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