Ciena Reviews

Updated 20 September, 2014
Updated 20 September, 2014
139 Reviews
3.4
139 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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81 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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49 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    good people working with, easy office culture

    Cons

    industry limit, low earning margin

  2.  

    Worked one term as an Intern

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    Former Employee - Test Automation  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Test Automation in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Ciena as an intern for less than a 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
  3.  

    "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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An industry leader with global footprint

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    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
  6.  

    OK, not great

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    - Good people, helpful and smart
    - Interesting work
    - Decent gym (free), good coffee, and very good cafeteria food (note this is in Kanata, not Carling Lab 10)
    - Stock purchase plan

    Cons

    - RRSP matching plan is sub-standard compared to others in Ottawa
    - Management constantly over-commits to customers, then expects the rank and file to work evenings and weekends to meet these deadlines. Employees who don't meet these deadlines are punished via layoffs and/or poor performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people or set more realistic deadlines.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    MEN division still has Nortel culture hangover

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    flexibility for family
    somewhat interesting work

    Cons

    (specific to MEN division)
    'Nortel' culture and old boy system still exists.
    little opportunity for advancement in career. Too many old Nortel hands hanging on.
    Outdated views of development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create professional advancement opportunities To be fair they have tried via some internal certifications and courses.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ciena Review

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, great place to learn new technology. Salaries are competitive. Regular information sessions held to give a report on the state of the company.

    Cons

    At par with all other industries as far as no taking company loyalty into consideration when implementing a work force reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have any advice for management. Communication to the employees is good. All forms of technology are used.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ciena was an okay career growth position

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and challenging product testing with L2-L4 protocols.

    Cons

    Demoralizing management strategy which includes threatening your job security if you can't meet deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and grow the talent you have beneath you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A fun ride while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Operations  in  Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Operations in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company was a very successful Optical Networking start up in mid nineties. Great culture, good people focused on getting things done with can do attitude.

    Cons

    As the company grew with acquisition the culture changed....lots of politics. No longer a fun place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Mediocre colleagues and mediocre managers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Ciena for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible time of course why not when u have no project to work on,
    decent salary ,the only +ve

    Cons

    old enterprisey monolithic dinosaur java project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire ur managers,hire more advanced cutting edge techies..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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