Ciena Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
133 Reviews

3.4
133 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Small teams, work hour flexibility

    Cons

    Limited room for growth, no career mentoring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to assign tasks which align to employee's interests

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

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

    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
  3.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Good Salary

    Cons

    Quality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

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  5.  

    Accounting Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Linthicum, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for if your not back office employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Back Office Employee  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Back Office Employee in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

    Cons

    Not much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work in transport technologies

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

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

    Pros

    Good tax benefits scheme like car rental, fuel reimbursements,driver salary, medical reimbursements

    Cons

    No much onsites opportunities here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good Team culture at the working levels. Good back office support by Marketing, Operations, and Professional Services teams for customer facing jobs. No layoff worries for solid contributors.

    Cons

    No raises for expanding experience or skill set. Can be political at the higher management levels with strong egos prevailing. common to limit or reduce commission once targets have been met. VPs and up make way too much money for the value provided but that's the norm in today's business culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Release Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, consistent growth, fast paced development, bright future.

    Cons

    no cons as such that i observed during my 1 year term of internship in ottawa, carling campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ciena

    Former Employee - Lead Engineer  in  North Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work environment, great engineers and healthy work culture, more like a startup type of setup in North Atlanta. The productivity is very high.

    Cons

    Focus on one technology and not much variation over the years. Due to lack of technical culture in North Atlanta, there is not much happening besides Ciena.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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