Ciena Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 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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    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    Outdated views of development.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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    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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    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

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    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.  

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

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    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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    Slow and steady company, okay recognition

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    Current Employee - Development in Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Development in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    leading edge product development. Small company so you have a chance to help it grow

    Cons

    Middle heavy, lots of dinosaurs. Small company but this stifles innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire your middle managers that don't do anything. There are plenty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It has been really good working for Ciena. There is complete work life balance and the paywise it is good in medium tier

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, Work life balance, decent pay among medium pay company. Managers are good.Good medical benefit and many employee benefits. WFH facility is available but it's in limited addition. Celebrations and Parties are there in every quarter. Deewali and Holi celebrations are awesome.
    Good working environment.

    Cons

    There are limited scope of learning and technology wise it's very limited. No onsite opportunity or very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be award for some exceptional performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall average

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    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Hanover, MD (US)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Product technology is leading edge. Market position. Partnership with Ericsson opens up opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Ciena needed infusion of new more mature and savvy talent. Nortel MEN acquisition provided some of that, but also brought with it a culture that had, over the years during the Nortel downturn, self-selected managers, directors and IC's that were too readily compliant with the direction some execs took. The culture had placed a higher value on compliance ("alignment") over real debate and transparency - this lead to very real situations where the company's ability to achieve its goals were undermined.

    My experience was that the issues with culture and transparency went beyond the former Nortel exec leadership to in some specific cases to the senior exec's as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First phase of the company post-integration was to grow revenue, attack costs and try not to die.
    Next phase needs to be centered around a strong people-first approach to push the culture in a direction that effectively identifies and nurtures talent, provides an environment for growth and allow more effective work/life balance.
    Would add that a selective culling of the ex Nortel leadership is probably necessary to drive the level of change that is required for the company to thrive.

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

    Good company. Chaotic merger

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Engineers. Skilled and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Under staffed in some areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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