Ciena Reviews

Updated 9 April 2015
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  1. Software engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana

    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

  2. Its nice company to work for, work culture is good for experience people, not for freshers .low work pressue

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    No fixed time shifting, nice food, low work pressure, nice work culture, peolple help to work in.better to come here after gaining experience.

    Cons

    there is nothing to challenge here

    Advice to Management

    Do give work to freshers also.

  3. Mediocre colleagues and mediocre managers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Ciena (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. good facilities, bad quality of work

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good facilities, work life balance

    Cons

    Not much challenging work don in India R&D center. mostly support and maintenance ....scope of technical growth less

    Advice to Management

    get good projects

  6. Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Good Salary

    Cons

    Quality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work in transport technologies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I worked at Ciena full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good tax benefits scheme like car rental, fuel reimbursements,driver salary, medical reimbursements

    Cons

    No much onsites opportunities here

    Advice to Management

    Short term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

  8. Software developer(Engineer)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool culture, Great people, Gym, Table Tennis and Snooker. Good work depends on which team you are in and what are your preferences. You can get work in Java or C++ or networking.

    Cons

    The appraisal structure, I guess, is the biggest con. I guess, because the two years I was there, only a few elite got any appraisal. Rest of us had to be satisfied with so meager a bonus that it was all spent on a single treat.

    Advice to Management

    Evident from the cons.

  9. Good company to work with. Don't forget to negotiate well before joining. Usually it's nof yers X 2/2.5

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 2B in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 2B in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compnay, good work. good compensation, good environment, excellent facility, good life balaance.

    Cons

    If you fail negotaite well then you will feel bad for the entire tenure, if you are a process oriented guy then this might not be the company for you.

  10. Helpful (2)

    An honest opinion

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    1. Saturday morning you can be @ your native place if you are in 0-700 km radius from Delhi
    2. Enjoy weekend with wife/family/girlfriend or liquor ..no office-office in weekend
    3. Work - No Rocket Science, if you are an average performer this is the right place for you
    4. If you know how to talk well, kudos..!! believe me you are among 1% of the total employees of Ciena india !
    5. There is a big lucrative after you successfully complete the project/release. A mail of appreciation from Mgr with few spelling mistakes, couple of forwarded mail and e-APPLAUSE - worth 0 INR

    Cons

    1. If you know technology, you might never get a chance to use it.
    2. A lot of closed door zero transparency meetings ! Mind it.. doors are with zero transparency too :)
    3. You saw managers smiling ? will happen only when they are with their peers !
    4. Ciena India got a mention globally ..come on...it must be community outreach/best workplace/diwali-dhamaka or cricket

    Advice to Management

    1. Managers please start acting smart. Your dull faces create further antipathy.
    2. Please get technical sessions conducted across the teams.. let them feel it is technology industry.. not a coding only factory !
    3. Get few people in the management with strong communication skills (even if they lack on technical front) so that in the meetings across sites they can defend their employees view rather accepting/agreeing on everything.
    4. Inspire your employee with awards/recognitions, you will get 200%out of them
    5. Managers please speak in english in meetings to create professional atmosphere

  11. It is full of ups and down

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    facilities - A very good office, though as number of employee are growing avg space of an employee is reducing. But I will rate is very high, given the fact that I have worked in 4 more companies.
    Lunch at office - It is one of the hidden reasons why people are not leaving the company :)
    Salary - Best at least among the peers in NCR
    Work - Work is average. Although on cutting edge technology but low in value chain.

    Cons

    first line managers, communication with employees. Too many senior people and no relevant work for them. This has created huge problem in organizational growth. Even for junior engineers growth has stopped. A great rift between managers and engineer. A technology company should respect its engineer more than its manager but in Ciena it is just opposite more like a manufacturing company.
    Promotions here are less celebrated because there are more controversy than general acceptance

    Advice to Management

    Take people in confidence. Explain to them current scenario rather than giving unreasonable excuses. Be transparent in your decision. Make an environment where we feel proud to work in.

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