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Ciena Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
167 Reviews
3.1
167 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 14 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 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 a 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
  2.  

    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 a 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    It was a pleasure working at Ciena where people are valued for their skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flex time, telecommute (work from home occasionally), everyone starts with 3 wk vacation, weeklong xmas holidays, full medical, dental, vision benefits.

    Cons

    Understaffed and with recent round of layoffs, more understaffing in North America. Jobs going increasingly to Mexico.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Good work life balance .

    Cons

    Salary is a little lower than in industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It has been a good company so far but change in management does impact the employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ciena (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance..
    Though it is not a startup, a starter gets a chance to dive deep into work and is given good credibility.

    Cons

    Traditional style of working ... management is not open minded .
    Ok benifits, not comparable to other companies in the area.
    Zero perks
    Zero Raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out good but went downhill as the company got bigger and slower.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible and the engineers are great people to work with.

    Cons

    Little to no career development.
    IT terrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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