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Ciena Reviews

Updated 18 November, 2014
Updated 18 November, 2014
151 Reviews
3.3
151 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    MEN division still has Nortel culture hangover

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    flexibility for family
    somewhat interesting work

    Cons

    (specific to MEN division)
    'Nortel' culture and old boy system still exists.
    little opportunity for advancement in career. Too many old Nortel hands hanging on.
    Outdated views of development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create professional advancement opportunities To be fair they have tried via some internal certifications and courses.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ciena Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, great place to learn new technology. Salaries are competitive. Regular information sessions held to give a report on the state of the company.

    Cons

    At par with all other industries as far as no taking company loyalty into consideration when implementing a work force reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have any advice for management. Communication to the employees is good. All forms of technology are used.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Working at Ciena

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    • 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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  5.  

    Easy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Kanata, ON
    Former Employee - Intern in Kanata, ON

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Great environment for professional development
    High Pay compensation relative to work experience
    Lots of opportunity for growth
    Area specialization: communications

    Cons

    A little bit disorganized, the groups weren't set in stone, one month you could be working for 1 guy, the next week for a different person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide solid group or team outlines
    Make sure everyone knows their role in the company
    Provide more feedback to employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Employee friendly, good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work with. Work life balance. Career growth.

    Cons

    There are always some cons if you talk about the pros. We may negate the cons overs the pros.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to stay relevant.

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits. Some smart people. Pretty buildings.

    Cons

    Company can't get to the next level. Struggles to break even each quarter. Very political. Weak, outdated, inconsistent management styles. Consistently penny-wise and pound-foolish. Run like a 50s era company despite a lot of happy talk. RIFs and layoffs poorly managed. Fear and discontent ripple throughout beat up staffs "happy" to be employed. Infrastructure not kept up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be cheap. Hire a COO. Walk the walk, management. Stop the rampant cronyism and nepotism. Building for the future means sometimes not hitting your numbers for a couple of quarters.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A Company in Flux, but some good people and great ideas

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The People and the drive to be innovators. Ciena have a sound offering to the marketplace, that is shown by their success in winning major contracts.

    Cons

    The Politics, post merger .. people kept on by cronies. Pay could be better, but the benefits aren't bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people and look out for empire builders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for while it lasts. Have moved most product development to India and Canada.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, good people. Cutting edge technology in the optical networking space.

    Cons

    Aging employee base. A significant amount of overhead in R&D, which increased when Nortel merged with Ciena and took ownership of some of the product lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    They let me work from home

    Cons

    They moved the whole department to India

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