Ciena

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  1.  

    As a maturing start up they are trying too fast to be more mature by acquiring mature companies.

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    opportunities for career progression, internal and external training, strive to improve work/life balance, compensation

    Cons

    work/life balance, leadership negatively influenced too much by former acquisitions,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too much concentration on saving on budgets at the expense of work/life balance, making uninformed decisions that affect lower management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My first bad job, hope this review helps others, from making a drastic career mistake.

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    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexibility. Training, if manager approves. Nice enough posh buildings.

    Cons

    Polite and candid way, of explaining the poor quality of work here, on the IT segment, gets tricky. There are few witty ones, not that. But overall, IT architecture, enterprise systems sucks. Surprisingly for a telecom, IT is not sophisticated. Its just about building something overnight, approving/managing/maintaining poor quality offshore solutions; depending on the title of your profile. No growth. Internal politics, favoritism, grapevines rampant. Quite a few of the managers who have been at Ciena for long, are very unprofessional, reviews on how you accept/adapt to management decisions and offshores, rather than on quality of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal IT is strength to any company. Respect their observations, facilitate their growth. Offshores can be an operational advantage, but need to be directed/reviewed properly. Giving full control, including Design and Architecture to them, comes at a very expensive cost. Be professionals with corporate ethics. Stick to the positive plans you promise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Balance work and life work environement

    Cons

    Not leading edge technological products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Ok company if you like working under constant stress

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    Current Employee - Office in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Office in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours , salary , benefits , paid time off ,

    Cons

    under valued , treated as a number , on going layoffs after each quarter end .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep an eye out on your employees that get paid the big bucks and do not know what they are doing . on location IT is a total joke and nowhere to be found most of the time .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It's not a bad company, but it's in love with analytics, which is impacting the work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary.
    Some flexibility in work hours and work at home
    Good bonus plan

    Cons

    Raises are sporadic and very small
    There is too much process and HR seems to be running the company.
    Analytics is putting pressure on employees and it relies on non-experts trying to determine how long experts should take to do their jobs. It's not accurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Curb the big data implementation - it takes time away from the work and non-experts telling an expert how much time it should take to do their job is ridiculous.
    Reduce the role of HR in determining the resources on important projects - it should be driven by R&D
    Less process and analytics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    CIENA Corp

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    great managers, great hours, flexible use of vacation or time-off allowed.

    Cons

    foreign owned company, cares more about the "bottom-line" than the future of it's employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I thought when I came on-board 4 and a half years ago I had found a job that I could retire from. Always played that scenario out in my head. Now, with lay-offs around the corner, I'll have to start over, AGAIN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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