Ciena Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
137 Reviews
3.4
137 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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79 Ratings

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.  

    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
  2.  

    A fun ride while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Mediocre pay and very limited advancement opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Too much emphasis in keeping jobs in Canada

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

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

    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
  6.  

    A change in attitude

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Good technology and strong revenues.

    Cons

    The open door policy from the past is closed. No career path. Plenty of politics for everyone. Management is getting rich. Zero work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't you being back the team spirit? Make Ciena a place that people want to work.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent, flexible, employee friendly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to work and learn about the telecom industry. It is a working hours flexible company. Environment is amicable and has good benefits.

    Cons

    Very fragmented, silos of power are noticeable and not much team work among different departments. Mid management is old with long tenure. That makes them outdated and very difficult to implement new ideas and methodologies, leading to inefficiencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work environment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Most positions and managers have a balanced work ethic. Great technology, though not implemented well, too splintered.

    Cons

    Non-test positions and managers have a better grip on reality. Many ex-cisco test employees and managers, who brought along their 'drag-me-down' mentality that ruined Cisco's work environment. Training is not so great, always behind the curve. Upper management is not involved in the trenches, thus they are mis-lead. HR does NOT want to hear what you really have to say!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees. Listen and follow your employees advise on improving the work atmosphere.
    Get into the trenches!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    network company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    network company surviving after Nortel

    Cons

    Very limited benefit in the market

  10.  

    Industry Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Support  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Career direction seems to be an after thought

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ciena Review

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Latest Optical Transport Technology
    Good benefits
    Excellent work environment

    Cons

    No much training
    Lack of good leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership
    Training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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