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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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88 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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

    Overall average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Slow and steady company, okay recognition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Good company. Chaotic merger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Good Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good Work, technically challenging
    Leader in Optical Switches

    Cons

    Processes are not much in place, so you will have to motivate yourself

  7.  

    Ciena was an okay career growth position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and challenging product testing with L2-L4 protocols.

    Cons

    Demoralizing management strategy which includes threatening your job security if you can't meet deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and grow the talent you have beneath you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mediocre colleagues and mediocre managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    flexible time of course why not when u have no project to work on,
    decent salary ,the only +ve

    Cons

    old enterprisey monolithic dinosaur java project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire ur managers,hire more advanced cutting edge techies..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A fun ride while it lasted

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company was a very successful Optical Networking start up in mid nineties. Great culture, good people focused on getting things done with can do attitude.

    Cons

    As the company grew with acquisition the culture changed....lots of politics. No longer a fun place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Mediocre pay and very limited advancement opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ciena - A great Place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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