Ciena Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
149 Reviews
3.3
149 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 20 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 13 reviews)


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

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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
  2.  

    It has been good experience working at Ciena so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    An honest opinion

    • 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

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (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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  5.  

    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

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

    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
  6. 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

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

    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
  7.  

    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

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

    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
  8.  

    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

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than an year)

    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
  9.  

    Software Engineer @Ciena

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

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (less than an year)

    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
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Perfect balance between professional life and personal life.

    Cons

    Kind of work is not too challenging

    Recommends
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at Ciena

    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
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