Ciena Reviews

Updated Mar 4, 2021

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  1. "Great environment to learn"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Test Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff, continuous growth, great learning experience, great salary, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not any really. The company is really good.

  2. "good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    good to work in this company

    Cons

    nothing, everything is good here


  3. "Ciena experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good learning experience, good mentorship, great benefits

    Cons

    Less or slow growth within the org. Salary about 5% below market prices

  4. "Great company to work at!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - SVT/PV Engineer I in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Unclear per-defined goals at beginning of career

  5. "Great culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, State of the art labs, Talented people

    Cons

    Nothing i have noticed so far

    Ciena Response

    February 17, 2021Ciena

    Thank you for your review!

  6. "Solid Company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Verification in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of tools available for learning Lots of knowledgeable co-workers willing to help Interesting field

    Cons

    Salary was below industry standard Work was sometimes rote and uninteresting Role wasn't well defined, so advancement opportunities were difficult to discover

  7. "Open culture"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    HR policies are employee friendly

    Cons

    Can be hectic and demanding

  8. "Excellent company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance great performance oriented culture

    Cons

    so much talent, hard to grow

  9. "Not the best or the worst experience"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock shares benefit, annual bonus, decent work environment.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to move within the company, managers put obstacles, so you can get stuck on a position you don't like for years. Only manager's favorites gets promoted. Most managers are working here since Nortel times, 80s management style.

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  10. "Good company to start your career"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Flexible work hours. Interesting projects/tasks.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better especially when promotions are awarded.

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