Ciena

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Ciena Reviews

Updated 25 November, 2014
Updated 25 November, 2014
154 Reviews
3.3
154 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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90 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Working at Ciena was a great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
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  5.  

    "O.K"

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    -Helpful coworkers that supported me

    Cons

    -Boring atmosphere, just an average office
    - Always really quiet

  6.  

    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.

  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to build a career

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    - Some people are very knowledgeable in their area
    - Good technology if you're actually let to work on it
    - Good place to go after school if you don't have a better offer, develop some marketable skills, then look for a better job where you can build a career

    Cons

    - Terrible compensation
    - Bonuses are a joke
    - No career development especially for new grads
    - Not enough room for new grads to prosper
    - Too many layoffs (2 or 3 times per year at times) - if you're a new grad they will try to make you think that you are safe from layoffs and that they're trying to make the company younger, but the truth is they have a deal with the government of Ontario to hire new grads (it's basically free for them) then if you're not a top performer or even if you're a top performer but your manager hasn't developed you and given you ownership then they will lay you off. As a new grad you may even get laid off in less than 6 months! Beware!!
    - Very team dependent. Your team may be really good or it may be terrible - In general, if they haven't been able to tell you what your role is clearly before they give you an offer, then chances are they don't even know what your role is. You don't want to be in that situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.  

    OK, not great

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

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    - Good people, helpful and smart
    - Interesting work
    - Decent gym (free), good coffee, and very good cafeteria food (note this is in Kanata, not Carling Lab 10)
    - Stock purchase plan

    Cons

    - RRSP matching plan is sub-standard compared to others in Ottawa
    - Management constantly over-commits to customers, then expects the rank and file to work evenings and weekends to meet these deadlines. Employees who don't meet these deadlines are punished via layoffs and/or poor performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people or set more realistic deadlines.

    Neutral Outlook

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