Ciena Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
133 Reviews

3.4
133 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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76 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.  

    network company

    • Career Opportunities
    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

  2.  

    Industry Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    A change in attitude

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Decent, flexible, employee friendly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    good people working with, easy office culture

    Cons

    industry limit, low earning margin

  8.  

    Ciena Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    Great product, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Alpharetta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Innovative product with rich feature set and high reliability.

    Cons

    Poor management. Politics not productivity determine employment status, bonus and raises. Constant demand to work weekends for show, not need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate performance with actual performance information.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Opportunity for a Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good, bonuses are getting there, time-off

    Cons

    HR is horrible, do not expect support or career advise from this group. Procedures are put into place without training to those will be required to carry out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not preach party-line to the masses who know better, provide training opportunities for All employees. The company does not run on the backs of engineers and sales alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hardware Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Linthicum, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive. Good co-works. New technology

    Cons

    The upper management does not know what they are doing. Short term focused and all are about making themselves rich.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board is not doing the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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