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2 people found this helpful  

Sub-par Management

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

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

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  1. 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

    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
  2.  

    Learned a lot.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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