Ciena Reviews

Updated 26 September 2014
Updated 26 September 2014
144 Reviews
3.3
144 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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85 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Slow and steady company, okay recognition

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    Current Employee - Development  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Development in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    leading edge product development. Small company so you have a chance to help it grow

    Cons

    Middle heavy, lots of dinosaurs. Small company but this stifles innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire your middle managers that don't do anything. There are plenty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company. Chaotic merger

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Engineers. Skilled and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Under staffed in some areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ciena was an okay career growth position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and challenging product testing with L2-L4 protocols.

    Cons

    Demoralizing management strategy which includes threatening your job security if you can't meet deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and grow the talent you have beneath you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A fun ride while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Operations  in  Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Operations in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company was a very successful Optical Networking start up in mid nineties. Great culture, good people focused on getting things done with can do attitude.

    Cons

    As the company grew with acquisition the culture changed....lots of politics. No longer a fun place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Will work you into the ground and then lay you off

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The other engineers you work with are great. Management I worked for were hard to work with but other departments had really food managers.

    Cons

    Management will lie to you constantly! They denied our department was getting laid-off until the very last moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ethics and integrity are sadly lacking in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Other than paying the bills, my time at Ciena was a complete waste.

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Spokane, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    You can pay your bills.

    Cons

    Incompetent and wothless management in the PN department.
    0 chance of advancement.
    Dead end job full of promises that never pan out.
    Lack of ethics.
    Long hours with no reward.
    Outsourcing to India.
    Lies upon lies.
    If your department is over budget in Q1, expect to be fired by Q3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect instead of property or slaves. Take the time to plan ahead for the long term instead of quick profits. Fire both directors and replace then with people who have people skills, management skills, and basic common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mediocre pay and very limited advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Mediocre or average pay perks and benefits,
    Not much exciting work,
    Low motivation levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tries to show off that they are doing a lot for career development of the employees, but in reality nothing much has been done on this front. If you keep doing what you are doing you might lose some valuable resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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