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Ciena Reviews

Updated 27 January, 2015
Updated 27 January, 2015
167 Reviews
3.1
167 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 21 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 14 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.  

    Great growth company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading solutions that are helping drive the future of communications, cloud and the Internet.

    Cons

    Quick to cut employees without notice or providing an opportunity to move to a new role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    junior hardware designer coop position.

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    • 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 a 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
  3.  

    Great work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer ||
    Current Employee - Software Engineer ||

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. I can work from home. This allows employees to have a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Many engineers with many years of experience. It is very difficult to get ahead but you'll learn a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide comprehensive career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

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    • 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 a 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
  7.  

    Working at Ciena was a great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Management Co-op in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Network Management Co-op in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Ciena as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Helpful colleagues
    -Relaxed and professional environment
    -Loads of learning oppurtunities

    Cons

    -There was absolutely nothing negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    "O.K"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  9.  

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    An industry leader with global footprint

    • 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 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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

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