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50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent

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4/25/2000

It’s hard to find good help these days, and even harder to keep it – a lesson Lucent is learning by rote.

The optical behemoth is losing important personnel at an impressive rate. Most recently, Mark H. Mortensen, who was director of operations innovations and architecture at Lucent http://www.lucent.com, has just now signed with Granite Systems Inc. http://www.granite.com, a privately held software company that offers configuration management for broadband and wireless carrier networks.

Lucent’s loss is Granite’s gain. Engineers of any type are hard to come by these days, but those with software expertise command the highest valuations of all. “[Mortensen] has got a high profile, he’s highly technical, and he’s been looking for a while,” said a source at one of Granite’s competitors, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mortensen, who started with Bell Labs in 1978, will be overseeing the design and marketing of Granite’s products worldwide. It should be an easy transition for him. At Lucent he was in charge of overseeing the design and integration of the software products that managed Lucent telecom gear, including switches and cross-connects.

Mortensen’s just the latest in a line of Lucent leavers. In March, Brad Kummer, former chief technology officer of the optical fiber systems engineering group, joined Cogent Communications http://www.cogentco.com, an Internet service provider, as chief technology officer of optical transport.

Lucent also recently suffered the loss of seven key staff within its optical component group. And last December Mayan Networks Corp.http://www.mayannetworks.com, an optical networking startup, snapped up an entire team of ATM design engineers from a Lucent subsidiary called AG Communication Systems (see Alan Brown, from Lucent to Mayan ).

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lightreceding
lightreceding
12/4/2012 | 11:29:15 PM
re: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent
"The quick money folks that I know that left Lucent and landed at doomed startups are not a happy bunch these days."

Considering that Lucent has laid off 50% of its staff since the boom anybody who still has a job anywhere is probably relived, even if they might not be happy or suddenly rich.

Dredge, dredge.
whineceller
whineceller
12/4/2012 | 8:30:42 PM
re: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent
Redface,

Forget what Jimbo says! Thanks for pulling this
article up it was an interesting read on interesting times. My favorite so very very 1999,early 2000 quote was the following

"For one thing, a huge amount of money is now being invested in optical startups G and public companies are buying those startups, in increasing numbers, for even more astronomical sums."

Bottom line
A lot of people left Lucent for the right reasons the challange of a startup, working with cutting edge technology and the thrill of building a sucessful company from the beginning.

A lot of people also left Lucent for the wrong reasons too. Namely the smell of a quick $$ stock option payback.


The quick money folks that I know that left Lucent
and landed at doomed startups are not a happy bunch these days.



jimbo59
jimbo59
12/4/2012 | 8:30:42 PM
re: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent
Redface,
Like DUH! You're only a year late in posting a message to this YEAR OLD article. Time to catch up with the times...
redface
redface
12/4/2012 | 8:30:42 PM
re: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent
"Lucent also recently suffered the loss of seven key staff within its optical component group. And last December Mayan Networks Corp.http://www.mayannetworks.com, an optical networking startup, snapped up an entire team of ATM design engineers from a Lucent subsidiary called AG Communication Systems"

Things like this have happened countless times. I would like to share a story so you have a perspective. Several years ago, silicon valley treated Lucent like god. The company I worked for has two engineering VPs from Lucent. One of them was promoted from an engineer to VP in 1.5 years. They were absolutely the brightest people anywhere, you thought, that is, if you only worked with them for three months. In time you will discover that they are true IMBECILEs. The VP/CTO's only activity was to recycle outdated stuff from Lucent which even Lucent didn't use, and never bothered to visit the research lab once. The company suffered tremendously as a result and will likely go out of business due to lack of ANY product. Whenever I see impressive talks, I keep using this experience to warn myself.
MPLS
MPLS
12/4/2012 | 8:30:39 PM
re: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent

redface:
you cannot generalize what u said. Maybe your private company was stupid to promote an engineer to a VP. I don't know wether u heard of Bell Labs and or know what they do.
Go read and educate yourself before you start drwaing any conclusions. I know that 80% of the startup companies which have come to frution have Lucent/Bell Labs brain/blood in them. They must have left for whatever reasons(money, option, frustration, management) but they sure did get lot of experience and education from Lucent.
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