Ciena Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
133 Reviews

3.4
133 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 19 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth plan for employees (in 6 reviews)

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ciena Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Easy

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    • 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
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    Ciena - A great Place to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Java Developer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    One of the best company to work for. Best work environment. One can easily maintain his personal & professional life. Good Pay if you consider the companies in NCR region.

    Cons

    Nothing as such, May be technology wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unitech office has more facility than DLF.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mediocre pay and very limited advancement opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Mediocre or average pay perks and benefits,
    Not much exciting work,
    Low motivation levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tries to show off that they are doing a lot for career development of the employees, but in reality nothing much has been done on this front. If you keep doing what you are doing you might lose some valuable resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Too much emphasis in keeping jobs in Canada

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of very capable people in the Hanover/Linthicum MD area.

    Cons

    Major management decisions coming from Ottawa. Decisions rarely based on long term outlook...very concerned with Quarterly results. Management commitment to product quality is questionable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Industry Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Support  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Career direction seems to be an after thought

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A change in attitude

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Good technology and strong revenues.

    Cons

    The open door policy from the past is closed. No career path. Plenty of politics for everyone. Management is getting rich. Zero work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't you being back the team spirit? Make Ciena a place that people want to work.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent, flexible, employee friendly.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a good place to work and learn about the telecom industry. It is a working hours flexible company. Environment is amicable and has good benefits.

    Cons

    Very fragmented, silos of power are noticeable and not much team work among different departments. Mid management is old with long tenure. That makes them outdated and very difficult to implement new ideas and methodologies, leading to inefficiencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Most positions and managers have a balanced work ethic. Great technology, though not implemented well, too splintered.

    Cons

    Non-test positions and managers have a better grip on reality. Many ex-cisco test employees and managers, who brought along their 'drag-me-down' mentality that ruined Cisco's work environment. Training is not so great, always behind the curve. Upper management is not involved in the trenches, thus they are mis-lead. HR does NOT want to hear what you really have to say!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees. Listen and follow your employees advise on improving the work atmosphere.
    Get into the trenches!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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