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Ciena Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 130 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(75 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Lead Engineer P&T (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsGreat 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.

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

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

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    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON

    ProsGood environment and challenging technology
    Good lab environment, tools and licenses
    Good location
    Good compensation and benefits versus working hours

    ConsToo much politics, projects allocated on nepotism

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time listening to employees

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    Easy

    Intern (Former Employee) Kanata, ON

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tech Support (Current Employee) Hanover, MD (US)

    ProsGood people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    ConsCareer direction seems to be an after thought

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent, flexible, employee friendly.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsVery 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work environment.

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNon-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 Senior ManagementTrain your employees. Listen and follow your employees advise on improving the work atmosphere.
    Get into the trenches!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good facilities, bad quality of work

    Hardware Engineer (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood facilities, work life balance

    ConsNot much challenging work don in India R&D center. mostly support and maintenance ....scope of technical growth less

    Advice to Senior Managementget good projects

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Test Engineer (Current Employee) Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

    ProsLatest Optical Transport Technology
    Good benefits
    Excellent work environment

    ConsNo much training
    Lack of good leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership
    Training

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great product, poor management

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA (US)

    ProsInnovative product with rich feature set and high reliability.

    ConsPoor management. Politics not productivity determine employment status, bonus and raises. Constant demand to work weekends for show, not need.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate performance with actual performance information.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Opportunity for a Time

    Accounting and Finance (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD (US)

    ProsSalaries are good, bonuses are getting there, time-off

    ConsHR is horrible, do not expect support or career advise from this group. Procedures are put into place without training to those will be required to carry out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not preach party-line to the masses who know better, provide training opportunities for All employees. The company does not run on the backs of engineers and sales alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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