Ciena Reviews

Updated 20 September 2014
Updated 20 September 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 13 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.  

    Ciena was an okay career growth position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and challenging product testing with L2-L4 protocols.

    Cons

    Demoralizing management strategy which includes threatening your job security if you can't meet deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and grow the talent you have beneath you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A fun ride while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Operations in Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Operations in Linthicum, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    The company was a very successful Optical Networking start up in mid nineties. Great culture, good people focused on getting things done with can do attitude.

    Cons

    As the company grew with acquisition the culture changed....lots of politics. No longer a fun place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mediocre colleagues and mediocre managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    flexible time of course why not when u have no project to work on,
    decent salary ,the only +ve

    Cons

    old enterprisey monolithic dinosaur java project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire ur managers,hire more advanced cutting edge techies..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mediocre pay and very limited advancement opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Mediocre or average pay perks and benefits,
    Not much exciting work,
    Low motivation levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tries to show off that they are doing a lot for career development of the employees, but in reality nothing much has been done on this front. If you keep doing what you are doing you might lose some valuable resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too much emphasis in keeping jobs in Canada

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of very capable people in the Hanover/Linthicum MD area.

    Cons

    Major management decisions coming from Ottawa. Decisions rarely based on long term outlook...very concerned with Quarterly results. Management commitment to product quality is questionable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent, flexible, employee friendly.

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    • 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 (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
  8.  

    good facilities, bad quality of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good facilities, work life balance

    Cons

    Not much challenging work don in India R&D center. mostly support and maintenance ....scope of technical growth less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get good projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    Good Opportunity for a Time

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    • 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 (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.  

    Worked one term as an Intern

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    • 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 (less than an 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

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