Ciena - Overall, not bad | Glassdoor
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"Overall, not bad"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Flexible work schedule
Some VERY smart people work here - learn a lot
Everyone does strive to resolve issues and lots of laughter on most conference calls

Cons

Long hour days
Too many meetings and "cooks in the kitchen" at times
Struggle with the tight budgets given to build products
Too many acquisitions and opinions on how to do things
Forward progress is frustrating to achieve, nothing happens fast
95% communication via email

Advice to Management

Please don't procedure us to death - what used to take a day now takes a week.

Other Employee Reviews for Ciena

  1. Helpful (4)

    "If you enjoy layoffs, excessive overtime, and management abuse, Ciena is the place for you."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Director of Software Engineering in Linthicum, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena has retains some highly competent engineers; compensation is good (while it lasts). Ciena has a technically decent portfolio of products (albeit not profitable ones).

    Cons

    Ciena goes through regular cycles of mass layoffs and outsourcing. Heavy overtime is expected, software in particular is abused and opportunities for advancement and learning new technologies are limited. Software engineers can do much better elsewhere. Software engineering management jobs are even worse: despite much lip-service paid to good management practices, management at Ciena is insanely political; managers are expected to leave their conscience at home: ride staff hard, burn 'em out, and then lay 'em off.

    Advice to Management

    To management: develop some respect for staff and shareholders. Stop rewarding executives for losing money. Return Ciena to its core competence: communications technology development. Use proven staff to develop new products instead of buying companies that are bleeding out and then putting them in charge of the company.

    To the board of directors: Gary Smith has run Ciena as a "sales and marketing company" for more than a decade; he has decimated shareholder value and burned huge amounts of cash while rewarding himself handsomely. Every quarter seems to have a "one-time" charge. Why exactly do you keep this guy?


  2. "Pretty Good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work/life balance
    great people to work with
    products are impressive
    good opportunities for new grads
    company that tries to keep things global

    Cons

    it's unclear what the future holds, even the immediate future
    little communication on what to expect
    health care plan could be better

    Advice to Management

    communicate more with the employees
    encourage employees to make decisions and maybe even make mistakes
    think about the true talent pool

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