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Ciena Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
132 Reviews

3.5
132 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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76 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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)

    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
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician  in  Linthicum Heights, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD (US)

    Pros

    There is no micro-managing. VERY diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pays less than average for position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more performance raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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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  5.  

    Awesome place to work.. Lots of HR activities to keep you busy..Free Food amazing infrastructure

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

    Pros

    Awesome place, lovely people..Very Active HR, free food, Gym.. Billiards, TT..

    Cons

    No stock options, not much work from home options..some dead weights sitting as everywhere..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.. bring ESPP, RSUs for India employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ciena is a terrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Field Eng  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Field Eng in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    There is absolutely no good reason to be employed here. They treat their employees horribly and have taken nearly their entire workforce off-shore, calling themselves "a U.S. based company". Decietful liars.No bonuses to those that tow the line.

    Cons

    Selfish management, no work life balance, slave-like atmosphere. Management takes care of only themselves. I have been dragged all over the planet performing my job above expectations and I have not received a raise or bonus in two+ years of employment here. This place is absolutely horrible and I do not recommend emplyment here. I came over from Nortel Networks where employees were treated with dignity and respect. Ciena is selfless and selfish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great growth company.

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

    Pros

    Leading solutions that are helping drive the future of communications, cloud and the Internet.

    Cons

    Quick to cut employees without notice or providing an opportunity to move to a new role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    junior hardware designer coop position.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Hardware Engineer
    Former Employee - Computer Hardware Engineer

    Pros

    great 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.

    Cons

    not 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disgusting Company

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

    Pros

    No Pros, only Cons if u want to make your career hell ,go to Ciena.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some People development , learn some humanity .

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T  in  Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Alpharetta, GA (US)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Big 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work life balance

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide comprehensive career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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