Ciena Reviews

Updated 29 April 2015
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  1. Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at Ciena (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere
    Excellent working culture
    Very flexible
    Industry leader
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    No room to grow
    No Training
    Poor IT infrastructure and tools (They give 5 year old pc to work ) The company is still running with WinXp.

  2. Estable company, no growth opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Ciena

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits.time management, infraestructure, work environment.

    Cons

    No training nor carreer development, lot's of politics involved at the moment, poor people management, Poor leadership.

  3. Challenging but a hard environment

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Ciena as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You make your job plan, sometimes home job is possible.

    Cons

    No process in there, a mess to get information. Totally lack of process. Too many bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Establish process and put attention over who is working and who is pretending to do.

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  5. A friendly atmosphere, minimal politics and a market leader in large scale data networking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New offices in Baltimore, good benefits, progressive telecommute policy for many employees. Convenient location in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area and easily accessible from major highways.

    Cons

    There is a inconsistent track record of bonus payouts and merit increases. Weak management discipline and operational leadership. Unrealistic workload expectations in many departments.

    Advice to Management

    Provide growth opportunities for mid-senior leaders. Executive leadership, commitment and focus to meeting business plan objectives should drive improvement in shareholder value and profit sharing with employees.

  6. Was a great company but are slowing loosing talent and experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Vacation days and great compensation for the work

    Cons

    Continue to place people in management jobs that have no experience in that area, then teams suffer and talent walks.

    Advice to Management

    Quit adopting all Nortel ideas and people, keep in mind they were bankrupt and we purchased them. Canada is not the answer.

  7. As a maturing start up they are trying too fast to be more mature by acquiring more mature companies.

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    Former Employee - Anon in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anon in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunities for career progression, internal and external training, strive to improve work/life balance, compensation,

    Cons

    work/life balance for some, leadership negatively influenced too much by former acquisitions, some decisions by senior management have been very unpopular.

    Advice to Management

    too much concentration on saving on budgets at the expense of work/life balance, making uninformed decisions that affect lower management and employees.

  8. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Balance work and life work environement

    Cons

    Not leading edge technological products

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Ok company if you like working under constant stress

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    Current Employee - Office in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Office in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work hours , salary , benefits , paid time off ,

    Cons

    under valued , treated as a number , on going layoffs after each quarter end .

    Advice to Management

    keep an eye out on your employees that get paid the big bucks and do not know what they are doing . on location IT is a total joke and nowhere to be found most of the time .

  10. It's not a bad company, but it's in love with analytics, which is impacting the work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary.
    Some flexibility in work hours and work at home
    Good bonus plan

    Cons

    Raises are sporadic and very small
    There is too much process and HR seems to be running the company.
    Analytics is putting pressure on employees and it relies on non-experts trying to determine how long experts should take to do their jobs. It's not accurate.

    Advice to Management

    Curb the big data implementation - it takes time away from the work and non-experts telling an expert how much time it should take to do their job is ridiculous.
    Reduce the role of HR in determining the resources on important projects - it should be driven by R&D
    Less process and analytics.

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    CIENA Corp

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD (US)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great managers, great hours, flexible use of vacation or time-off allowed.

    Cons

    foreign owned company, cares more about the "bottom-line" than the future of it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    I thought when I came on-board 4 and a half years ago I had found a job that I could retire from. Always played that scenario out in my head. Now, with lay-offs around the corner, I'll have to start over, AGAIN.

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