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Ciena Reviews

Updated Aug 23, 2019

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  1. Featured Review

    "Senior Architect"

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

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best flexible hours as well as management for improvement and promotions.

    Cons

    People are so great so to get promoted amongst the best is definitely a serious challenge but the quality of the management and colleagues is such that you still want to stick around...

    Advice to Management

    Have more senior management having periodic jobs for opportunities to grow further.

    Ciena2018-12-05
  2. "Great experience!"

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    Current Employee - Student in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    I am finishing my student internship with Ciena in Ottawa and I am honestly very sad to leave. This organization is full of wonderful people who truly care about the development of students. I am so impressed with the team atmosphere, culture and challenge that I have had. My manager is a great leader and I have had the chance to work closely with other teams including HR. I have felt welcome since the very first day...

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    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Ciena2019-08-14
  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Otter, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary is fair. Work is interesting. Stable employment with few layoffs. Great team. Successful company, successful product and successful team

    Cons

    Outsourcing is increasing every year

    Ciena2019-08-13
  4. "Flexible company"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Ottawa, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good & flexible hours, benefits, positions, facilities. Management cares that what people are doing is meaningful/worthwhile.

    Cons

    Reorganization can cause teams to be headless & without direction

    Advice to Management

    Communicate frequently with your team in order to maintain a consistent vision

    Ciena2019-08-08

    Ciena Response

    August 12, 2019Ciena

    Hi there, we sincerely thank you for a writing a review. We are a large, growing and global company and recognize that having flexible hours and benefits is important to our employees. We are working on our internal recognition system to help support teams and showcase our top team ...

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  5. "Good stable company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable company with steady growth. Very few layoffs.

    Cons

    Raises are consistent with inflation.

    Ciena2019-08-08

    Ciena Response

    August 12, 2019Ciena

    Hello, we take the time to look at all of our reviews and appreciate you taking the time to write one. Thank you for your commitment and loyalty to Ciena! We plan to have continued growth as we enter 2020.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Huge company with beneficial work opportunities"

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    Current Employee - UI-UX Designer in Ottawa, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexibility of working remotely is a big matter besides the reasonable deadlines and benefits.

    Cons

    No regular investment for growing and performance enhancement, especially for UI/UX designers!

    Ciena2019-07-31

    Ciena Response

    August 7, 2019Ciena

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback and agree that the flexibility offered is a great bonus.

  7. "Thrilled each day to work with and be surrounded by consummate professionals."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Kanata, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, as long as the work gets done to a level where we wow our customers. Good opportunities to evolve .

    Cons

    Long hours. Limited time for development.

    Ciena2019-07-28

    Ciena Response

    August 7, 2019Ciena

    We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We agree that depending on the time of year, it can be a very busy environment at Ciena as we always try and wow our customers and put their needs first. We appreciate your hard work and putting in the extra time.

  8. "Great learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Quebec, QC
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Ciena for less than a year

    Pros

    Facility is high class, coworkers are knowledgeable and friendly, hours flexible.

    Cons

    High pace environment, not to everyone's liking.

    Ciena2019-07-19
  9. "Not a bad place but there is space for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Good work balance, flexible hours. New building with an ample cafeteria, good coffee machines in the kitchens. Computer equipment is modern, facilities good in general.

    Cons

    Do not offer equal job opportunities for everyone, advancement is slow. Managers and team leaders choose their favorite people, who get promoted and the best and challenging work the team has to offer, while the rest had to be content with the least interesting work. Old employees form impenetrable cliques, and sometimes treat newcomers with arrogance and contempt. Still lots of people from the Nortel times, reflected...

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    Advice to Management

    Promote more equality within your teams. Better results may come from getting the best that each individual has to offer.

    Ciena2019-07-21
  10. "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The business is growing fast

    Cons

    Lots of re-orgs happened in the last two years I was there, keeping people in fear of losing jobs and bringing team morale down. IMHO, building relations were valued over technical knowledge or work well done. I did not feel that there was room for growth for new or ambitious employees.

    Ciena2019-07-22
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