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

Ciena Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 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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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "This allows employees to have a great work-life balance"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Flexible work schedule and good work environment"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No career growth plan for employees"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Senior Management inherited from the Nortel Era in Montreal"
    in 5 reviews
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junior hardware designer coop position.

Computer Hardware Engineer (Former Employee)

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

Prosgreat people work with great lab environment, it is a flexible time to work with enough time for assignments with other team members, weekly meeting update as nortel's style, learning more technologies via internal training course without cost, all new tools and education is provided by online and workshop. teamwork and individual work base.
great senior engineers are working so hard in the lab and lots of learning with them for new engineering concepts and developments.

Consnot too much food in cafe, each year cut off people with bad performance without notification. some people are eating food in the office and it is not enough space to take break without people

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

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Disgusting Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsNo Pros, only Cons if u want to make your career hell ,go to Ciena.

Conshardcore internal politics, not employees only politicians work their
Every manager is a politician , very poor work culture, HR team sucks big time

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn some People development , learn some humanity .

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Optical vendor, state of the art technology in long haul and metro DWDM optical solutions for telecommunications.

Lead Engineer P&T (Former Employee)
Alpharetta, GA (US)

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

ProsBest in their niche, one of the few of it's kind that survived the tech bubble

ConsBig H1-B visa house, slave labor for a few years till they get their green card. About 90% Indian at the Alpharetta location. Not a diverse workforce.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet the majority of your employees from US citizens graduating college, with less that 10% H1-B candidates.

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

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Great work life balance

Software Engineer || (Current Employee)

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

ProsFlexible work hours. I can work from home. This allows employees to have a great work-life balance.

ConsMany engineers with many years of experience. It is very difficult to get ahead but you'll learn a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide comprehensive career path.

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

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Great place to work

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

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

ProsSmall teams, work hour flexibility

ConsLimited room for growth, no career mentoring

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to assign tasks which align to employee's interests

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

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Good

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Linthicum, MD (US)

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

ProsDecent benefits, work life balance, good people to work with

Consvery bureaucratic, still struggling to get back to been a profitable company after the nortel acquisition, layoffs are a common place

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, Ample opportunities and very good culture, Free Cab and Free Food

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

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

ProsGood package and hike,Work life balance,Awesome food,One of best and highly paid company in Delhi NCR.
Very good in hand salary, Very Co-operative seniors
One of best company I have worked so far

ConsYou wont get that much which keeps you busy for whole day :-p

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat Management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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