Ciena Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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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.  

    good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Halifax, NS
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Halifax, NS

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work from home, good colleagues, technology leader, benefits are OK, pay is OK

    Cons

    very little pension, very low margin business, not very profitable if at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    additional pension benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable but dead-end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  5.  

    junior hardware designer coop position.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    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
  7.  

    Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no cons as such that i observed during my 1 year term of internship in ottawa, carling campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Focused company with competent people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Component Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Component Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    some hints...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    project 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Ciena

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too much politics, projects allocated on nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time listening to employees

    Approves of CEO

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