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"Its a ok place to work"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Atlanta, GA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Flexible working schedule and good working environment
Good work and life balance, ok compensation and benefits
There are some intelligent people

Cons

Management is the problem, too many layers of middle management
not much career opportunities, sometimes unreasonable project schedules

Advice to Management

simplify management structure

Other Employee Reviews for Ciena

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not Much Growth Opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and mediocre pay for entry level engineers.
    Free water and restrooms are nice.
    Most people are friendly.
    Interesting to learn various telecom technology.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunity.
    There are barely raises and bonuses are nearly none existent.
    Promotions don't seem to come and a good amount of incompetency in the company.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Sub-par Management"

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    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).

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