Ciena - Ciena used to be a nice place to work, but poor management decisions have led to its decline. | Glassdoor
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"Ciena used to be a nice place to work, but poor management decisions have led to its decline."

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Former Employee - Senior Manager in Linthicum, MD
Former Employee - Senior Manager in Linthicum, MD
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

1. Compensation is competitive to the industry
2. Work-life balance was fine - flexible hours
3. Immediate working peers were fantastic - team environment

Cons

1. Limited to no career growth
2. After every merger, the keys were handed to execs in the new company in favor of existing employees (e.g. NT now owns majority of eng. development)
3. No loyalty to employees
4. Indecisive management
5. Constantly changing long term vision
6. Clickish environment - it matters who you know

Advice to Management

You should reward loyalty to your employees who have been there for the long term vs. favoring new acquisitions and their employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Ciena

  1. "Quality People"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Linthicum, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena has quality people who care about their company and their jobs. They have flexible work arrangements and compensation is fair.

    Cons

    As compared to other companies I have worked in Ciena has few "con's". As I have to say something I would say those typical of a technical company.

    Advice to Management

    I choose not to answer this question as I can't presume to know the best way to run a company.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena (then Wavesmith) had some interesting projects going on. Overall I was very impressed with the quality of my team members.

    Cons

    I have to say there weren't too many downsides. Management had their act together, and I had a great boss. I was pushed when deadlines approached, but otherwise was left to my own devices.

    Advice to Management

    I can't really think of any advice I would give anyone at Ciene. They are a world class organization and I was happy to be an employee there.

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