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Ciena Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
154 Reviews
3.3
154 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
Gary B. Smith
90 Ratings

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.  

    Nice work place, good infrastructure with lot of benefits and facilities beside fair salaries.

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    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marginal Products, Political Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Commute to work is good. Salary is on the low end for the local area but options outside of Gov't contract work in this area are very limited.

    Cons

    SW is weak, not a differentiator in the market. I feel this opportunity to capture market share is slipping away because Exec Leadership has not acted aggressively. Customer satisfaction with some of the larger carriers has become a significant problem and will likely limit sales growth - this impacts a significant portion of Ciena's revenue stream.

    Politics seem especially virulent among the execs. Probably because we have not hit our margin goals and stock is way down. Reorgs happen pretty regularly, VPs disappear without explanation. Trust level feels low among execs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address SW issues with transparency and leadership.
    Gary Smith should take a bigger role in developing a positive culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology & good people but terrible middle management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment (work from home), best networking technology in industry, decent benefits, visionary CEO. The working level is very collaborative and supportive but that spirit doesn't make it to the senior leadership.

    Cons

    Dead end jobs, zero people development, jerky-herky reorganizations, inexplicable lay-offs, 0% raises in record-brekaing revenue years, little recognition of accomplishments, some horrible senior executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the deadwood, not those that produce. Stop using a dart board to make staffing decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Plaisant

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career progression - great benefits - friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Management and hierarchy can be an issue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Company in Flux, but some good people and great ideas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The People and the drive to be innovators. Ciena have a sound offering to the marketplace, that is shown by their success in winning major contracts.

    Cons

    The Politics, post merger .. people kept on by cronies. Pay could be better, but the benefits aren't bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people and look out for empire builders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  11.  

    Good company to work for while it lasts. Have moved most product development to India and Canada.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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