Ciena Reviews

Updated 9 April, 2015
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  1. As a maturing start up they are trying too fast to be more mature by acquiring more mature companies.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anon in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anon in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunities for career progression, internal and external training, strive to improve work/life balance, compensation,

    Cons

    work/life balance for some, leadership negatively influenced too much by former acquisitions, some decisions by senior management have been very unpopular.

    Advice to Management

    too much concentration on saving on budgets at the expense of work/life balance, making uninformed decisions that affect lower management and employees.

  2. Micro managed and no room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Management Co-op in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Network Management Co-op in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Company does not promote from within. Does not try to develop and motivate employees. Moral is low. Compensation is low. Micro managed by management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. This motivates employees

  3. My first bad job, hope this review helps others, from making a drastic career mistake.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications

    I have been working at Ciena

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Training, if manager approves. Nice enough posh buildings.

    Cons

    Polite and candid way, of explaining the poor quality of work here, on the IT segment, gets tricky. There are few witty ones, not that. But overall, IT architecture, enterprise systems sucks. Surprisingly for a telecom, IT is not sophisticated. Its just about building something overnight, approving/managing/maintaining poor quality offshore solutions; depending on the title of your profile. No growth. Internal politics, favoritism, grapevines rampant. Quite a few of the managers who have been at Ciena for long, are very unprofessional, reviews on how you accept/adapt to management decisions and offshores, rather than on quality of your work.

    Advice to Management

    Internal IT is strength to any company. Respect their observations, facilitate their growth. Offshores can be an operational advantage, but need to be directed/reviewed properly. Giving full control, including Design and Architecture to them, comes at a very expensive cost. Be professionals with corporate ethics. Stick to the positive plans you promise.

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  5. Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Balance work and life work environement

    Cons

    Not leading edge technological products

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. Overall Good Experience so far

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great infrastructure (cab service), facilities, recreation facilities.
    Outdoor indoor / activities are great.
    Friendly culture.

    Cons

    Technical growth is self dependent. One needs to go out of job requirements for the same.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  7. Helpful (3)

    CIENA Corp

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great managers, great hours, flexible use of vacation or time-off allowed.

    Cons

    foreign owned company, cares more about the "bottom-line" than the future of it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    I thought when I came on-board 4 and a half years ago I had found a job that I could retire from. Always played that scenario out in my head. Now, with lay-offs around the corner, I'll have to start over, AGAIN.

  8. Software engineer

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance great, good salary in delhi/ncr

    Cons

    Quality of work depends on project to project

  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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance .

    Cons

    Salary is a little lower than in industry

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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

  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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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