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Sub-par Management

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)

I worked at Ciena

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
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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  1. Learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is nice and relaxing. It is mainly focused on network solutions which makes anyone interested in that field feel comfortable.

    Cons

    Some of the locations of Ciena sites can be unsuitable for some people. Also, it is not very well known although it has been expanding greatly.


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    Terrible, this is a company without strategy and analytic thinking

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Ciena

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technical leadership in the industry
    Benefit

    Cons

    Crazy leadership style
    Always changing organization and marketing strategy
    Politics in office


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