Ciena
3.4 of 5 117 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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3.4 117 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
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "This allows employees to have a great work-life balance"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Flexible work schedule and good work environment"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No career growth plan for employees"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Very little communication between senior management and employees"
    in 5 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena full-time

ProsGood work life balance, Good Salary

ConsQuality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

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Accounting Department

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Linthicum, MD (US)

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

ProsDecent benefits, work life balance, good people to work with

Consvery bureaucratic, still struggling to get back to been a profitable company after the nortel acquisition, layoffs are a common place

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for if your not back office employee

Back Office Employee (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

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

ProsBenefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

ConsNot much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have any hesitation about a process or practice before it is implemented, seek input from employees who will be performing them, managers are telling you what you want to hear which will always be, yes, but they have no ready solutions when things start going awry.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work in transport technologies

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I worked at Ciena full-time for less than a year

ProsGood tax benefits scheme like car rental, fuel reimbursements,driver salary, medical reimbursements

ConsNo much onsites opportunities here

Advice to Senior ManagementShort term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

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

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One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Linthicum, MD (US)

I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood Team culture at the working levels. Good back office support by Marketing, Operations, and Professional Services teams for customer facing jobs. No layoff worries for solid contributors.

ConsNo raises for expanding experience or skill set. Can be political at the higher management levels with strong egos prevailing. common to limit or reduce commission once targets have been met. VPs and up make way too much money for the value provided but that's the norm in today's business culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ciena

Lead Engineer (Former Employee)
North Atlanta, GA (US)

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

ProsGood work environment, great engineers and healthy work culture, more like a startup type of setup in North Atlanta. The productivity is very high.

ConsFocus on one technology and not much variation over the years. Due to lack of technical culture in North Atlanta, there is not much happening besides Ciena.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe competitive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, Good Career growth

Lead Analyst (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.

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

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I learnt a lot more than I expected to and in spite of being an intern, I had freedom to try out my own ideas.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ciena

ProsIndependence, 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

ConsI 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.

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

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

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

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementI think more involvement is necessary.

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

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

Prosgreat people to work with

Consnot enough work in Atlanta

Advice to Senior Managementrebuild Atlanta

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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