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"Was a great place to work, but now questionnable due to Nortel acquisition"

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Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Linthicum Heights, MD
Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Linthicum Heights, MD
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Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Ciena had a great work/life balance with perks such as telecommuting plans, flexible work hours, health club reimbursements, and company wellness plans. The benefits package was quite lucrative, and the salaries were on par with other companies in the telecommunications industry. Management had an open door policy, and employees were empowered to work autonomously to achieve their assignments. The people are great to work with and sincerely want to help you when you ask - there truly is a sense of being a huge family.

Cons

Ciena is still an organization where it is important as to who you know rather than what you know in order to advance. The internal systems are very archaic and disjoined, and a silo mentality exists within certain groups. Gary Smith and upper management really sold out Ciena during the Nortel acquisition - who purchased who? Most Nortel management remained while Ciena management will most likely soon be shown the door. Many employees were very loyal to Ciena, and put forth a tremendous amount of effort to build the organization over the years. However, now they anxiously wait for severance packages.

Advice to Management

You had a very strong team who sacrificed to make Ciena the successful telco it is today; however, you have just lost the most important resource to any organization since the trust factor has now disintegrated. Even though the Nortel acquisition supposedly launched Ciena 2-3 years into the future, what indirect price is Ciena going to pay? Gary used to stand up to Wall Street and not worry about what was thought or said about Ciena with respect to shorter term performace. Why did he not do it this time? Slower with much planning and thought is what drove Ciena to what is is today, but the Nortel deal was rapid and hasty.

Other Employee Reviews for Ciena

  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is so friendly and supportive. Full of very smart people, the best at what they do. Ciena only hires the best. Everyone around you helps you succeed.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many level of senior management. IT department is somewhat incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and empower them to make change without so many levels of approval.


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    "Ciena is a good employer to work for."

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow. Management is not micro.

    Cons

    Very focused in growth in MD.

    Advice to Management

    Few acquisitions turned out to be successful. Need to be more careful before jumping to the next one.

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