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Ciena Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
132 Reviews

3.5
132 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.  

    It is full of ups and down

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work 2012 for "Seniors"

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

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do some full time management course

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

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

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

    Pros

    1. Good Work culture
    2. Decent facilities.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should be more empathy and affinity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lot 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ciena need more transparency in every management decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer @Ciena

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

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

    Cons

    limited domain work.
    Focus on Ethernet only .

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

    Perfect balance between professional life and personal life.

    Cons

    Kind of work is not too challenging

    Recommends
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Lesser growth opportunities. And sometimes work gets very boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Module Lead  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Module Lead in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

    Good 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

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    Pros

    Cool work good salary good culture.

    Cons

    A bit of over work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too much emphasis in keeping jobs in Canada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Linthicum, MD (US)

    Pros

    Lots of very capable people in the Hanover/Linthicum MD area.

    Cons

    Major management decisions coming from Ottawa. Decisions rarely based on long term outlook...very concerned with Quarterly results. Management commitment to product quality is questionable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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