Ciena Reviews

Updated 25 May 2015
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  1. manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

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

    Pros

    The people were the best

    Cons

    Sr management. Did not have aclue

    Advice to Management

    They need to listen.

  2. Nice place with classic management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great workplace, good opportunity to work on new technologies with so many projects in pipeline for next 5 years. Professional employees relationship across company. Decent benefits and very flexible with work location (remote or on site). Global exposure and healthy planning

    Cons

    Most of the management is loyal (or well established for retirement) and has been in same position for more than a decade which leaves limited or no growth in career. Not much rotation policy across the company if you need to growth.

    Advice to Management

    May be a rotation policy for Directors or above management every two can do wonder and help back-up management in crisis

  3. Challenging but a hard environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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. nice place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    the pay is not so well

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. Company is no longer growing..

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

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

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

    Pros

    Decent culture but is eroding due to decline in the marketplace

    Cons

    Poor collaboration and little trust of management

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to grow the company

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  9. Principal Test Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ciena

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn new things

    Cons

    low salaries, no RSUs given only to few people.

    Advice to Management

    should identify real performing people and reward them. Internal candidates should be preferred for vacant positions before opening to external .

  10. Helpful (1)

    Very positive so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good (top end for our area), and environment is generally healthy. The company has been very good at compensating top performers and hard workers. Lots of average employees whine because they don't get treated like royalty... this company's philosophy is simple: you work hard, you'll be rewarded accordingly. If you're an average producer, you'll see average compensation... and if you don't cut the mustard, you won't last. Simple as that.

    Can work from home if desired, and the work schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Workloads are very heavy at times, and the technology is very complicated. Can be overwhelming. Need to hire more people to accomplish all the initiatives in the pipeline.

  11. Not a great business to be in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Salary, WFH, Good people below management level.

    Cons

    always in fear of being laid off. Not about people first. No room for advancement, people always in fear.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect!!!!!!!


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