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Ciena Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.3 128 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(75 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance(in 18 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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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Great place to work

    Software Engineer 1b (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood work culture, good learning

    Conssome times no work. but good for learning

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of smart people to work with.

    ConsProduct direction changes a lot.

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    Major part of the quality work is Off-shored,

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) Hanover, MD (US)

    ProsFlexibility. International Presence. Company seems to be growing

    ConsCiena is not a place that will enhance your technical skills. Its a place to do some legacy ownership, and light work. The technical teams are Disorganized, disconnected. This mainly happens because most of the quality work is off-shored, with major control given to off shore teams. The vibes hence is on buying specialized skills from outside rather than build technical expertise, within, but in reality these specialized skills have little experience, and quite little tendency to share the work, or transfer knowledge to those internal to team. Less transparency and reliability witnessed on the culture of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuilding internal skills always helps long run. But if outsourcing is the path chosen by company, it maybe a better idea to hire internship managers who can manage this team. Technical people would obviously expect an enhancement of their technical skills, and its only fair hence not to hire them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent work environment, great products

    Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsStrong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    ConsLimited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Software Engineer 1b (Former Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood culture, awesome facilities, very good hike they give when join them.

    ConsBad appraisal systems, some teams have more politics due to people who are staying for long time in company but will start saying bad about company as they afraid of losing there jobs.

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate good culture. Do not promote politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Electronics Technician (Former Employee) Linthicum Heights, MD (US)

    ProsThere is no micro-managing. VERY diverse workforce

    ConsPays less than average for position

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more performance raises

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood benefits,compensation,work/life balance and growth

    Consneed to innovate and be open to new ideas

    Advice to Senior Managementbroaden horizons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome place to work.. Lots of HR activities to keep you busy..Free Food amazing infrastructure

    Lead Engineer P&T (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsAwesome place, lovely people..Very Active HR, free food, Gym.. Billiards, TT..

    ConsNo stock options, not much work from home options..some dead weights sitting as everywhere..

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work.. bring ESPP, RSUs for India employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ciena is a terrible place to work

    Senior Field Eng (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsThere is absolutely no good reason to be employed here. They treat their employees horribly and have taken nearly their entire workforce off-shore, calling themselves "a U.S. based company". Decietful liars.No bonuses to those that tow the line.

    ConsSelfish management, no work life balance, slave-like atmosphere. Management takes care of only themselves. I have been dragged all over the planet performing my job above expectations and I have not received a raise or bonus in two+ years of employment here. This place is absolutely horrible and I do not recommend emplyment here. I came over from Nortel Networks where employees were treated with dignity and respect. Ciena is selfless and selfish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet over yourselves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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