Ciena Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 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. 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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    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 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
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    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

  6.  

    good experience

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    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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Engineers. Skilled and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Under staffed in some areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ciena was an okay career growth position

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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