Ciena Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great growth company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  2.  

    junior hardware designer coop position.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Hardware Engineer
    Former Employee - Computer Hardware Engineer

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

    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
  3.  

    Disgusting Company

    • 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 (less than an year)

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

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Great work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer ||
    Current Employee - Software Engineer ||

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

    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
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Accounting Department

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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