Ciena
3.4 of 5 117 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Jan 07, 2014
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3.4 117 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(68 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena full-time

ProsGood work life balance, Good Salary

ConsQuality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

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Good company to work for if your not back office employee

Back Office Employee (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBenefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

ConsNot much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have any hesitation about a process or practice before it is implemented, seek input from employees who will be performing them, managers are telling you what you want to hear which will always be, yes, but they have no ready solutions when things start going awry.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work in transport technologies

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I worked at Ciena full-time for less than a year

ProsGood tax benefits scheme like car rental, fuel reimbursements,driver salary, medical reimbursements

ConsNo much onsites opportunities here

Advice to Senior ManagementShort term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Linthicum, MD (US)

I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood Team culture at the working levels. Good back office support by Marketing, Operations, and Professional Services teams for customer facing jobs. No layoff worries for solid contributors.

ConsNo raises for expanding experience or skill set. Can be political at the higher management levels with strong egos prevailing. common to limit or reduce commission once targets have been met. VPs and up make way too much money for the value provided but that's the norm in today's business culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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"O.K"

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena as an intern

Pros-Helpful coworkers that supported me

Cons-Boring atmosphere, just an average office
- Always really quiet

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It was decent, but I wish I could have worked on more relevant projects.

Research Intern (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

I worked at Ciena as an intern for less than a year

ProsCurrently working on next generation technologies. Working hours are flexible. Friendly and amicable colleagues. Medium sized company with a few sites.

ConsThe environment is somewhat lackluster. Seems very fragmented. I was working when the company was in a transition period (physically). Has not been doing well as of late.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think more involvement is necessary.

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QA Engineer (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat people to work with

Consnot enough work in Atlanta

Advice to Senior Managementrebuild Atlanta

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An industry leader with global footprint

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMedium-sized company, focused on optical and packet networking. It strives to challenge the status quo and redefine the network layers. It is poised for growth.

ConsPerformance awards are not generous perhaps due to the fact that it is not profitable especially after the Nortel acquisition. Little attention is paid on helping employees manage and grow their careers within the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the priority of career development for employees even if that change means leaving to a different organization or role.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not a bad place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena

ProsEasy going atmosphere, nice colleagues, good attitude

ConsEmployees are tired, little recognition of achievement

Advice to Senior ManagementPay raises to engineering employees when their section is profitable

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ciena for more than a year

ProsCool culture, Great people, Gym, Table Tennis and Snooker. Good work depends on which team you are in and what are your preferences. You can get work in Java or C++ or networking.

ConsThe appraisal structure, I guess, is the biggest con. I guess, because the two years I was there, only a few elite got any appraisal. Rest of us had to be satisfied with so meager a bonus that it was all spent on a single treat.

Advice to Senior ManagementEvident from the cons.

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