Ciena Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
137 Reviews
3.4
137 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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79 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth plan for employees (in 6 reviews)

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Work, technically challenging
    Leader in Optical Switches

    Cons

    Processes are not much in place, so you will have to motivate yourself

  2.  

    Industry Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Support  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Hanover, MD (US)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Career direction seems to be an after thought

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ciena Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Latest Optical Transport Technology
    Good benefits
    Excellent work environment

    Cons

    No much training
    Lack of good leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership
    Training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable but dead-end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - If you're lucky, you'll end up with colleagues you want to spend weekday and some weekends with!
    - Work/Life balance & benefits (health, DCPP, etc)
    - Ottawa/Carling campus is beautiful
    - Ever-growing; New challenges always around the corner to keep your mind stimulated
    - The company is on a growth trajectory currently which means new projects, more customers which ensures job stability/security
    - Growth also gives way for [hopefully] more frequent & larger bonuses and opportunity to move within firm

    Cons

    - Unpredictable work volume
    - The number of new challenges you must overcomes grows everyday; You need a wicked memory
    - Unspoken rules, "mandatory" 44 hour work week BS!
    - No raises, no compensation aside from base salary and overtime if you qualify
    - Bonuses and raises are a joke/non-existent
    - Very few opportunities for new-grads to progress in terms of career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should not ignore current employees, especially those who are relatively new (2-4 years) when it's time to award compensation/raises. This does not promote loyalty and leaves very little incentive to stick around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Enlightening

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    With a minute exception, the leadership team is solid and focussed. If you are in need of support, you can find the right person(s) or get pointed in the right direction. The company is supportive of growth and individual development towards a career goal.

    Cons

    Too many "rocks" that slows the company's growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be leaders and not bosses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    flexible hours, friendly, technology leader. Ciena is a good place to work and offers competitive vacation days.

    Cons

    distributed teams across many countries, office space is cramped and overcrowded

  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 1b  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 1b in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work culture, good learning

    Cons

    some times no work. but good for learning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent work environment, great products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 1b  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 1b in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, awesome facilities, very good hike they give when join them.

    Cons

    Bad appraisal systems, some teams have more politics due to people who are staying for long time in company but will start saying bad about company as they afraid of losing there jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create good culture. Do not promote politics.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits,compensation,work/life balance and growth

    Cons

    need to innovate and be open to new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    broaden horizons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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