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Ciena Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
151 Reviews
3.3
151 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 13 reviews)


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

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Opportunity for a Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good, bonuses are getting there, time-off

    Cons

    HR is horrible, do not expect support or career advise from this group. Procedures are put into place without training to those will be required to carry out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not preach party-line to the masses who know better, provide training opportunities for All employees. The company does not run on the backs of engineers and sales alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hardware Engineer

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive. Good co-works. New technology

    Cons

    The upper management does not know what they are doing. Short term focused and all are about making themselves rich.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board is not doing the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked one term as an Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Automation in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Test Automation in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ciena as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Place to work at. Very friendly and extremely helpful co-workers. Lots of opportunities to learn new stuff. Would recommend a friend to apply.

    Cons

    Need appropriate training and guidance for interns and co-ops. Should be immensely independent and be willing and skilful to manage tasks on our own.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    PLM

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Product direction changes a lot.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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 (more than an 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 (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 (more than an 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Major part of the quality work is Off-shored,

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. International Presence. Company seems to be growing

    Cons

    Ciena is not a place that will enhance your technical skills. Its a place to do some legacy ownership, and light work. The technical teams are Disorganized, disconnected. This mainly happens because most of the quality work is off-shored, with major control given to off shore teams. The vibes hence is on buying specialized skills from outside rather than build technical expertise, within, but in reality these specialized skills have little experience, and quite little tendency to share the work, or transfer knowledge to those internal to team. Less transparency and reliability witnessed on the culture of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Building internal skills always helps long run. But if outsourcing is the path chosen by company, it maybe a better idea to hire internship managers who can manage this team. Technical people would obviously expect an enhancement of their technical skills, and its only fair hence not to hire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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