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

Ciena Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 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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Pros:
  • "This allows employees to have a great work-life balance"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Flexible work schedule and good work environment"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No career growth plan for employees"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Very little communication between senior management and employees"
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Great Place to work 2012 for "Seniors"

Lead Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

Pros1. Casual Work Environment
2. No need to inform your supervisor for Leaves, just take and then say "unplanned leave"
3. Full of extra curricular activities, nothing technical.
4. Informed (not Mock) Fire Drill every 6 months
5. Annual Party thrown at Five Star Hotel
6. Developes everything in software viz. DSP, drivers, embedded applications, user interface in india center only, but you won't get everything to learn because you will be tied up with just one module for years, after all they want to develop expertise for themselves.
7. Very Good in hand salary

Cons1. No career growth
2. Either No or very high work pressure
3. Every hour verbal reporting, email reporting is additional
4. Management hardly knows people managment, just puppets of their foreign counterpart.
5. No defined criteria for promotions, may get based on your criticality
6. Reward program is extremely poor, basically management does not know when to reward an employee, for them it is always expected performance.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo some full time management course

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

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

ProsGood work culture.
No overwrite.
Good for girls as they are not allowed to stay beyond 7:30

Conslimited domain work.
Focus on Ethernet only .

Yes, I would 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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Nice work place, good infrastructure with lot of benefits and facilities beside fair salaries.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

I have been working at Ciena

ProsGood work life balance. Tightly knitted team so person is familiar with most of the people around him. Good recreation and health center within the company premises.

ConsLesser growth opportunities. And sometimes work gets very boring.

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Waste of time

Module Lead (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

I have been working at Ciena

ProsGood work-life balance (can maintain 9-5 job)
Good benefits
Free food
Good infrastructure
Good for people coming at Manager or above level - life is easy and money is good

Cons- No technical knowledge gain
- No good work - most done in US
- Some people are favored - they get promotions and hikes
- HR is useless
- Management is pathetic
- Roles are not defined

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very good exp. Cool work..good salary..good culture

Lead Engineer (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana

I worked at Ciena

ProsCool work good salary good culture.

ConsA bit of over work

Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena

Prosflexible hours, friendly, technology leader. Ciena is a good place to work and offers competitive vacation days.

Consdistributed teams across many countries, office space is cramped and overcrowded

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Major part of the quality work is Off-shored,

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Hanover, MD (US)

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

ProsFlexibility. International Presence. Company seems to be growing

ConsCiena is not a place that will enhance your technical skills. Its a place to do some legacy ownership, and light work. The technical teams are Disorganized, disconnected. This mainly happens because most of the quality work is off-shored, with major control given to off shore teams. The vibes hence is on buying specialized skills from outside rather than build technical expertise, within, but in reality these specialized skills have little experience, and quite little tendency to share the work, or transfer knowledge to those internal to team. Less transparency and reliability witnessed on the culture of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuilding internal skills always helps long run. But if outsourcing is the path chosen by company, it maybe a better idea to hire internship managers who can manage this team. Technical people would obviously expect an enhancement of their technical skills, and its only fair hence not to hire them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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