Ciena - Good high tech company compared to the industry in Ottawa area | Glassdoor
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"Good high tech company compared to the industry in Ottawa area"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Balanced work and personal life
Laid back atmosphere
Good support in terms of R&D enviornment, tools, etc.
Opportunities to be exposed to one of the best optical technologies in the world

Cons

Very limited room for career advancement
Too much mid-level management overhead
Important positions are always held by people who are into process/bureaucracy

Advice to Management

Estabish a culture to promote/encourage people with strong technical expertise. Otherwise, the company is becoming more and more like public sector where attending meetings has the highest priority.

Other Employee Reviews for Ciena

  1. "Positive"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena has great potential and is often changing due to acquisitions and changing business climates. The company does reasonably well in reacting to these changes although it is often a painful process

    Cons

    Senior Management often has desired goals posted and communicated but middle management does little to create solid plans and steps to acheive those goals..


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Good place to start your career with. Very closed culture especially from the Former Nortel employees. Avoid Montreal"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Local Gym
    Good location if you are in Ville Saint Laurent
    Good startup for engineers eager to work closely with Low Cost Manufacturing
    Health and Dental benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Senior Management inherited from the Nortel Era in Montreal.
    Very dysfunctional at the level of cross organizational activities.
    Very short-sighted middle managers and no long term vision
    No formal training. A lot of self preservationist attitude that make you sick to your stomach.

    In brief, the management at Montreal Ciena is the wash off from the bankrupt Nortel days. Unfortunately the flagship products are that of the Ciena Ottawa/Montreal which makes the long term vision very bleak if head office in Linthicum, MD does not do anything about it.
    Very "clicky" and very hard to break into the ranks for the established "hierarchies". A lot of arrogance and attitude. Zero chance for progress and promotion.

    Overall, a place to start with your career but not beyond 3 years maximum. If you are ambitious and looking for new challenges then it will be a hard place to stay in for very long unless you get accepted in the established clicks. You could be the most educated person of the bunch and yet managers will only think of their service impact on the short term rather than benefiting the company with the expertise of the talented and educated professionals.

    Advice to Management

    To Gary Smith, the time has come to shuffle the middle and senior managers and directors of Montreal office. This is the only way to save the company. New blood and new culture need to develop in Montreal to align with the established vision of the headquarters in Maryland.

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