Ciena Reviews

Updated 9 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Worked one term as an Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Test Automation in Ottawa, ON
    Former Intern - Test Automation in Ottawa, ON

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work at. Very friendly and extremely helpful co-workers. Lots of opportunities to learn new stuff. Would recommend a friend to apply.

    Cons

    Need appropriate training and guidance for interns and co-ops. Should be immensely independent and be willing and skilful to manage tasks on our own.

  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. Great growth company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  6. junior hardware designer coop position.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Computer Hardware Engineer
    Former Intern - Computer Hardware Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Provide comprehensive career path.

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small teams, work hour flexibility

    Cons

    Limited room for growth, no career mentoring

    Advice to Management

    Try to assign tasks which align to employee's interests

  9. Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Working at Ciena was a great learning experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    -There was absolutely nothing negative

    Advice to Management

    -Keep up the good work!

  11. "O.K"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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

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