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Ciena Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.3 128 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(75 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Stable but dead-end

    Global Product Support Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    Pros- If you're lucky, you'll end up with colleagues you want to spend weekday and some weekends with!
    - Work/Life balance & benefits (health, DCPP, etc)
    - Ottawa/Carling campus is beautiful
    - Ever-growing; New challenges always around the corner to keep your mind stimulated
    - The company is on a growth trajectory currently which means new projects, more customers which ensures job stability/security
    - Growth also gives way for [hopefully] more frequent & larger bonuses and opportunity to move within firm

    Cons- Unpredictable work volume
    - The number of new challenges you must overcomes grows everyday; You need a wicked memory
    - Unspoken rules, "mandatory" 44 hour work week BS!
    - No raises, no compensation aside from base salary and overtime if you qualify
    - Bonuses and raises are a joke/non-existent
    - Very few opportunities for new-grads to progress in terms of career development

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should not ignore current employees, especially those who are relatively new (2-4 years) when it's time to award compensation/raises. This does not promote loyalty and leaves very little incentive to stick around.

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

     

    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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

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    junior hardware designer coop position.

    Computer Hardware Engineer (Former Employee)

    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

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    Great place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    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

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    Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

    Release Engineer (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON

    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

     

    Great potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat, sales focused company. Great technical prowess.

    ConsCan sometimes be challenging to overcome division silos.

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    Focused company with competent people

    Component Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    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

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    some hints...

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON

    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

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    Working at Ciena

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON

    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

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    Easy

    Intern (Former Employee) Kanata, ON

    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

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