Ciena Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
133 Reviews

3.4
133 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth plan for employees (in 6 reviews)

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Software developer(Engineer)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Evident from the cons.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with good exposure

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Mumbai
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Mumbai

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

    Pros

    Have a lot of roles to play . Easy to learn

    Cons

    Hectic work and work culture is dictated by team

    Approves of CEO
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    Review

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer P&T  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Pros

    Good work, great people. Flexibility, good technology, good work and life balance, communication and compensation for NCR. Recommend this place to work for.

    Cons

    Career planning,

    Not sure what more to say but have to match the requirement of 20 words minimum so hence this spurious statement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    nothing exciting

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

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

    Pros

    good pay
    free food
    free cab
    lots of insurance goodies
    work life balance

    Cons

    unexciting work ,mediocre people ,no onsite

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing in particular,in any case they are least bothered

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It has been good working here.

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    Current Employee - Module Lead  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Module Lead in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Best facilities, good salary and flexi timing.

    Cons

    Very few on site opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Nice place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    The salary structure is a bit non favorable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Work Place

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    Former Employee - Data Management  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Data Management in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I worked at Ciena as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Environment with lovely management

    Cons

    I had not encountered any bad thing about the Company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All is Good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 2B  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 2B in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It has been good experience working at Ciena so far.

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    Current Employee - IT Service Desk/IT Support  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk/IT Support in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Ciena as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Less Work Pressure, Independence in terms of vacations and holidays, Good processes and technology to learn from. FOOD dominantly plays important role. Good food.

    Cons

    Growth is limited, Sudden and instant terminator from job, Salary is less Keep most of the employees on contract thus keeping us biased from EMPLOYEES in terms of facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employee satisfaction as a key strategy to get best out of a employees, as you have in a past couple of years, sustain it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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