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Ciena Reviews

Updated 22 January, 2015
Updated 22 January, 2015
166 Reviews
3.1
166 Reviews
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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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  1. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start your career with. Very closed culture especially from the Former Nortel employees. Avoid Montreal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Engineering in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Local Gym
    Good location if you are in Ville Saint Laurent
    Good startup for engineers eager to work closely with Low Cost Manufacturing
    Health and Dental benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Senior Management inherited from the Nortel Era in Montreal.
    Very dysfunctional at the level of cross organizational activities.
    Very short-sighted middle managers and no long term vision
    No formal training. A lot of self preservationist attitude that make you sick to your stomach.

    In brief, the management at Montreal Ciena is the wash off from the bankrupt Nortel days. Unfortunately the flagship products are that of the Ciena Ottawa/Montreal which makes the long term vision very bleak if head office in Linthicum, MD does not do anything about it.
    Very "clicky" and very hard to break into the ranks for the established "hierarchies". A lot of arrogance and attitude. Zero chance for progress and promotion.

    Overall, a place to start with your career but not beyond 3 years maximum. If you are ambitious and looking for new challenges then it will be a hard place to stay in for very long unless you get accepted in the established clicks. You could be the most educated person of the bunch and yet managers will only think of their service impact on the short term rather than benefiting the company with the expertise of the talented and educated professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Gary Smith, the time has come to shuffle the middle and senior managers and directors of Montreal office. This is the only way to save the company. New blood and new culture need to develop in Montreal to align with the established vision of the headquarters in Maryland.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    MEN division still has Nortel culture hangover

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

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    • 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
  7.  

    Working at Ciena

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Good work life balance .

    Cons

    Salary is a little lower than in industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place maintaining smooth work life balance but lacks challenging environment

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food and Cab facility
    Healthy work environment
    Nice people, nice culture

    Cons

    Not much motivation in the team.
    Lacks in enhancing personal knowledge and growth

    Recommends
  11.  

    It has been a good company so far but change in management does impact the employees.

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

    I have been working at Ciena (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance..
    Though it is not a startup, a starter gets a chance to dive deep into work and is given good credibility.

    Cons

    Traditional style of working ... management is not open minded .
    Ok benifits, not comparable to other companies in the area.
    Zero perks
    Zero Raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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