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.  

    Working at Ciena was a great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Management Co-op  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Management Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Helpful colleagues
    -Relaxed and professional environment
    -Loads of learning oppurtunities

    Cons

    -There was absolutely nothing negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    "O.K"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena as an intern

    Pros

    -Helpful coworkers that supported me

    Cons

    -Boring atmosphere, just an average office
    - Always really quiet

  3.  

    Great place to work, Good Career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst

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

    Pros

    Very good work culture with practical deadlines. Excellent training and innovative projects. Pays at the higher end than most. Great team to work with. Company is always improving with better business plans over time.

    Cons

    Company is expanding and future path a bit unsure. Team maybe expanded within or outside, to match the business expansion plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Independence, I got to pace my work. Co-workers were very helpful. There was always an encouragement to implement my ideas. I got to work on current projects and contributed while learning

    Cons

    I wasn't there long enough to be able to point out glaring cons. I would probably be able to comment better on it if I got to work more.

  6.  

    Great potential

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Great, sales focused company. Great technical prowess.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be challenging to overcome division silos.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was decent, but I wish I could have worked on more relevant projects.

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Currently working on next generation technologies. Working hours are flexible. Friendly and amicable colleagues. Medium sized company with a few sites.

    Cons

    The environment is somewhat lackluster. Seems very fragmented. I was working when the company was in a transition period (physically). Has not been doing well as of late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think more involvement is necessary.

  8.  

    Energetic company. Good ideas. Good Technology. Living quarter by quarter.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Good Work. Good ideas. Good Technology

    Cons

    Telecom. Living quarter by quarter.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An industry leader with global footprint

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Medium-sized company, focused on optical and packet networking. It strives to challenge the status quo and redefine the network layers. It is poised for growth.

    Cons

    Performance awards are not generous perhaps due to the fact that it is not profitable especially after the Nortel acquisition. Little attention is paid on helping employees manage and grow their careers within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the priority of career development for employees even if that change means leaving to a different organization or role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    QA Engineer

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    not enough work in Atlanta

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rebuild Atlanta

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great teamwork environment, forward thinking, innovative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Innovative, collaborative, salaries and bonuses competitive. Corp policy 2 days remote work, if job permits. I never work over 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Bonuses lacking, raises subpar, management top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a manager if you have people under you. There are too many upper managers with no subordonates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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