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Ciena Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
151 Reviews
3.3
151 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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88 Ratings

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.  

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

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Cool work good salary good culture.

    Cons

    A bit of over work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to stay relevant.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits. Some smart people. Pretty buildings.

    Cons

    Company can't get to the next level. Struggles to break even each quarter. Very political. Weak, outdated, inconsistent management styles. Consistently penny-wise and pound-foolish. Run like a 50s era company despite a lot of happy talk. RIFs and layoffs poorly managed. Fear and discontent ripple throughout beat up staffs "happy" to be employed. Infrastructure not kept up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be cheap. Hire a COO. Walk the walk, management. Stop the rampant cronyism and nepotism. Building for the future means sometimes not hitting your numbers for a couple of quarters.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Company in Flux, but some good people and great ideas

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The People and the drive to be innovators. Ciena have a sound offering to the marketplace, that is shown by their success in winning major contracts.

    Cons

    The Politics, post merger .. people kept on by cronies. Pay could be better, but the benefits aren't bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people and look out for empire builders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for while it lasts. Have moved most product development to India and Canada.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, good people. Cutting edge technology in the optical networking space.

    Cons

    Aging employee base. A significant amount of overhead in R&D, which increased when Nortel merged with Ciena and took ownership of some of the product lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    They let me work from home

    Cons

    They moved the whole department to India

  10.  

    good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

    Pros

    work from home, good colleagues, technology leader, benefits are OK, pay is OK

    Cons

    very little pension, very low margin business, not very profitable if at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    additional pension benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall average

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Product technology is leading edge. Market position. Partnership with Ericsson opens up opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Ciena needed infusion of new more mature and savvy talent. Nortel MEN acquisition provided some of that, but also brought with it a culture that had, over the years during the Nortel downturn, self-selected managers, directors and IC's that were too readily compliant with the direction some execs took. The culture had placed a higher value on compliance ("alignment") over real debate and transparency - this lead to very real situations where the company's ability to achieve its goals were undermined.

    My experience was that the issues with culture and transparency went beyond the former Nortel exec leadership to in some specific cases to the senior exec's as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First phase of the company post-integration was to grow revenue, attack costs and try not to die.
    Next phase needs to be centered around a strong people-first approach to push the culture in a direction that effectively identifies and nurtures talent, provides an environment for growth and allow more effective work/life balance.
    Would add that a selective culling of the ex Nortel leadership is probably necessary to drive the level of change that is required for the company to thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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