Ciena

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Ciena Reviews

Updated 13 December, 2014
Updated 13 December, 2014
157 Reviews
3.3
157 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 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.  

    Employee friendly, good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work with. Work life balance. Career growth.

    Cons

    There are always some cons if you talk about the pros. We may negate the cons overs the pros.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to stay relevant.

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits. Some smart people. Pretty buildings.

    Cons

    Company can't get to the next level. Struggles to break even each quarter. Very political. Weak, outdated, inconsistent management styles. Consistently penny-wise and pound-foolish. Run like a 50s era company despite a lot of happy talk. RIFs and layoffs poorly managed. Fear and discontent ripple throughout beat up staffs "happy" to be employed. Infrastructure not kept up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be cheap. Hire a COO. Walk the walk, management. Stop the rampant cronyism and nepotism. Building for the future means sometimes not hitting your numbers for a couple of quarters.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A Company in Flux, but some good people and great ideas

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

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

    Pros

    The People and the drive to be innovators. Ciena have a sound offering to the marketplace, that is shown by their success in winning major contracts.

    Cons

    The Politics, post merger .. people kept on by cronies. Pay could be better, but the benefits aren't bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people and look out for empire builders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    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

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