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Sycamore Networks Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Sycamore Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Good technology to work on
    Flexible hours for all employees

    Cons

    Work hours may be lengthy at times
    Not every decision needs to be top down
    Vision seems to be lacking

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on vision


  2. "Good People, no viable future path"

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    Former Employee - Principal Infrastructure Engineer in Dracut, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Infrastructure Engineer in Dracut, MA

    I worked at Sycamore Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good People, interesting product space

    Cons

    no viable future path due to lack of next gen product

  3. "Was good while it last"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, interesting projects.
    Flexible hours and often allowed to telecommute.

    Cons

    The company is now dissolved,
    The optical product line bought by Coriant.
    IQStream product was starting to work, but sadly now shutdown.


  4. "Truly a worthwhile, productive and enjoyable ride."

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    Former Employee - Consulting Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Consulting Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Sycamore Networks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best and brightest engineers. The work atmosphere was very relaxed. Office politics were never an issue. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Not enough emphasis on personal development opportunities. Occasionally some of the product development decisions did not provide the most prosperous path forward.

    Advice to Management

    If an opportunity presents itself, take off the gloves and go for it.


  5. "Steady State"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open work enviornment no clock watching or computer monitoring.

    Cons

    Projects within the company do not enhance career.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovating in new markets.


  6. "The company is floundering right now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The workforce has been stable

    Cons

    The company is stuck in a rut


  7. "Great people but management treading water"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Colleagues are human beings
    - Flexibility
    - Usually a laid-back atmosphere
    - No micro-managing (in most departments)

    Cons

    - Compensation (there were no raises for years after last recession)
    - Management and technology have been treading water for too long

    Advice to Management

    Spend some of the money in the bank and move the co. forward.

  8. "Work load was fine. Experienced quite a few depressed years."

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

    Pros

    Lots of group activities. People are very friendly to each other. Meals provided for after hour work. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Management team is not honest to employee. No salary increase for many years. No clear future for the company. Employee morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be honest to employee for all the decisions company made. Listen to and talk with employee on a regular basis.


  9. "Sycamore Networks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, management had an open door policy when you had issues. If you had problems the team approach to solving them was alive and well at Sycamore

    Cons

    Sr level management could not look into the future when it came to new products for the networking industry. They would buy new companies to increase revenues but most if not all never panned out to what Sr. level management thought it would bring in for sales revenues. Thus they paid too much for little return

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to make some decisons on the direction the company is going to go in. Too many sr level people do not have the best interest of the lower level workers in mind


  10. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong team, great technology, great customers

    Cons

    Heavy foreign competition, Sold business

    Advice to Management

    Invest


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