Ciena
3.3 of 5 118 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 118 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(68 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
45 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in

 

Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena

Prosflexible hours, friendly, technology leader. Ciena is a good place to work and offers competitive vacation days.

Consdistributed teams across many countries, office space is cramped and overcrowded

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

junior hardware designer coop position.

Computer Hardware Engineer (Former Employee)

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

Prosgreat 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.

Consnot 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Great place to work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

ProsSmall teams, work hour flexibility

ConsLimited room for growth, no career mentoring

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to assign tasks which align to employee's interests

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

Release Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

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

Consno cons as such that i observed during my 1 year term of internship in ottawa, carling campus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

 

Great potential

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena

ProsGreat, sales focused company. Great technical prowess.

ConsCan sometimes be challenging to overcome division silos.

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Focused company with competent people

Component Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

ProsDecent health benefits.
Stock option terms almost guarantee 15%+ profit every 6 months
Great teamwork corporate culture

ConsLow operating margin due to telecom market. Promotion, raise, and bonus are hard to come by.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

 

some hints...

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

ProsGreat life work balance.
Long term commitment.
Friendly helpful colleagues.
The sector is stably going up in general in the next few years, so the work stablility is good.
Personal workload depends on the team you work for and the importance of your role.

Consproject lifecycle is usually 1 year per major release.
The working environemnt is not very aggressive, so if seeking good resume in short time, this is not the place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Working at Ciena

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Ciena

ProsGood environment and challenging technology
Good lab environment, tools and licenses
Good location
Good compensation and benefits versus working hours

ConsToo much politics, projects allocated on nepotism

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time listening to employees

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Easy

Intern (Former Employee)
Kanata, ON

I worked at Ciena

ProsGreat environment for professional development
High Pay compensation relative to work experience
Lots of opportunity for growth
Area specialization: communications

ConsA little bit disorganized, the groups weren't set in stone, one month you could be working for 1 guy, the next week for a different person.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide solid group or team outlines
Make sure everyone knows their role in the company
Provide more feedback to employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Great place to work

Software Engineer 1b (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

ProsGood work culture, good learning

Conssome times no work. but good for learning

Advice to Senior Managementnothing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Ciena? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Ciena reviews and ratings - including employee satisfaction and approval ratings for Ciena CEO Gary B. Smith. All 45 reviews are posted anonymously by Ciena employees.