Ciena Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
138 Reviews
3.4
138 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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80 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Stable but dead-end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Global Product Support Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - If you're lucky, you'll end up with colleagues you want to spend weekday and some weekends with!
    - Work/Life balance & benefits (health, DCPP, etc)
    - Ottawa/Carling campus is beautiful
    - Ever-growing; New challenges always around the corner to keep your mind stimulated
    - The company is on a growth trajectory currently which means new projects, more customers which ensures job stability/security
    - Growth also gives way for [hopefully] more frequent & larger bonuses and opportunity to move within firm

    Cons

    - Unpredictable work volume
    - The number of new challenges you must overcomes grows everyday; You need a wicked memory
    - Unspoken rules, "mandatory" 44 hour work week BS!
    - No raises, no compensation aside from base salary and overtime if you qualify
    - Bonuses and raises are a joke/non-existent
    - Very few opportunities for new-grads to progress in terms of career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should not ignore current employees, especially those who are relatively new (2-4 years) when it's time to award compensation/raises. This does not promote loyalty and leaves very little incentive to stick around.

    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
  6.  

    Enlightening

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    With a minute exception, the leadership team is solid and focussed. If you are in need of support, you can find the right person(s) or get pointed in the right direction. The company is supportive of growth and individual development towards a career goal.

    Cons

    Too many "rocks" that slows the company's growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be leaders and not bosses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Worked one term as an Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Automation  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Test Automation in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ciena as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to work at. Very friendly and extremely helpful co-workers. Lots of opportunities to learn new stuff. Would recommend a friend to apply.

    Cons

    Need appropriate training and guidance for interns and co-ops. Should be immensely independent and be willing and skilful to manage tasks on our own.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    flexible hours, friendly, technology leader. Ciena is a good place to work and offers competitive vacation days.

    Cons

    distributed teams across many countries, office space is cramped and overcrowded

  11.  

    PLM

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Product direction changes a lot.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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