Ciena
3.4 of 5 117 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(68 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena full-time

ProsGood work life balance, Good Salary

ConsQuality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

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Good place to work in transport technologies

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

I worked at Ciena full-time for less than a year

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

ConsNo much onsites opportunities here

Advice to Senior ManagementShort term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked at Ciena for more than a year

ProsCool 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementEvident from the cons.

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

Senior Engineer 2B (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

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

ConsIf 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An honest opinion

Lead Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

Pros1. 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

Cons1. 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 Senior Management1. 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It is full of ups and down

Lead Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

Prosfacilities - 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.

Consfirst 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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One of the good places to work in Delhi NCR region (but not the great)

Lead Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

Pros1. Good Work culture
2. Decent facilities.

Cons1. No career growth plan for employees.
2. Discrimination.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should be more empathy and affinity.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for people who have some experience in telecom industry....Certainly not good for freshers or people from other in.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

ProsFacilities provided by the company to an individual employee are good
Infrastructure is also good.

ConsLot of legacy code..
Challenging work is given to some specific people only.Others have just side work.
Documentation is not encouraged for their products and code as well.

Advice to Senior ManagementCiena need more transparency in every management decision.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ciena is a good company to work with as the working environment as well as people are good here.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

I have been working at Ciena

ProsPerfect balance between professional life and personal life.

ConsKind of work is not too challenging

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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PLM

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsA lot of smart people to work with.

ConsProduct direction changes a lot.

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