Ciena

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Not Much Growth Opportunity

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA (US)

I have been working at Ciena

Pros

Good benefits and mediocre pay for entry level engineers.
Free water and restrooms are nice.
Most people are friendly.
Interesting to learn various telecom technology.

Cons

Not much growth opportunity.
There are barely raises and bonuses are nearly none existent.
Promotions don't seem to come and a good amount of incompetency in the company.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sub-par Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible, this is a company without strategy and analytic thinking

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

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Technical leadership in the industry
    Benefit

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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