Ciena
3.3 of 5 118 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.3 118 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(68 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "This allows employees to have a great work-life balance"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Flexible work schedule and good work environment"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No career growth plan for employees"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Senior Management inherited from the Nortel Era in Montreal"
    in 5 reviews
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Ciena is a collection of mediocre acquisitions struggling for relevance in the carrier networking market.

Engineering (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood benefits, good people, and lots of room to explore different career avenues.

ConsCompensation is not competitive in some markets. The future is always in doubt.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop throwing good money after bad projects. Cut your losses, figure out where your greatest strengths lie and aim for the fence for once.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lead Engineer (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery dedicated and talented people, flexible workplace, challenging environment

ConsGoing through lot of reorg, uncertainty! Ok benefits

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

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

ProsGood work, great people. Flexibility, good technology, good work and life balance, communication and compensation for NCR. Recommend this place to work for.

ConsCareer planning,

Not sure what more to say but have to match the requirement of 20 words minimum so hence this spurious statement.

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

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nothing exciting

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

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

Prosgood pay
free food
free cab
lots of insurance goodies
work life balance

Consunexciting work ,mediocre people ,no onsite

Advice to Senior Managementnothing in particular,in any case they are least bothered

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not a place to build a career

Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at Ciena full-time

Pros- Some people are very knowledgeable in their area
- Good technology if you're actually let to work on it
- Good place to go after school if you don't have a better offer, develop some marketable skills, then look for a better job where you can build a career

Cons- Terrible compensation
- Bonuses are a joke
- No career development especially for new grads
- Not enough room for new grads to prosper
- Too many layoffs (2 or 3 times per year at times) - if you're a new grad they will try to make you think that you are safe from layoffs and that they're trying to make the company younger, but the truth is they have a deal with the government of Ontario to hire new grads (it's basically free for them) then if you're not a top performer or even if you're a top performer but your manager hasn't developed you and given you ownership then they will lay you off. As a new grad you may even get laid off in less than 6 months! Beware!!
- Very team dependent. Your team may be really good or it may be terrible - In general, if they haven't been able to tell you what your role is clearly before they give you an offer, then chances are they don't even know what your role is. You don't want to be in that situation.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the management.

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

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Network Transformation Solutions Engineer (Former Employee)
Mexico City (Mexico)

I worked at Ciena as a contractor for less than a year

ProsBecause is a small company, it gives the opportunity to move easy and resolve soon internal issues

ConsThere are many power groups that does n´t contribute to teamwork

Advice to Senior Managementto be more sensitive with low levels organization´s

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

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Focused company with competent people

Component Engineer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

ProsDecent health benefits.
Stock option terms almost guarantee 15%+ profit every 6 months
Great teamwork corporate culture

ConsLow operating margin due to telecom market. Promotion, raise, and bonus are hard to come by.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It has been good working here.

Module Lead (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

ProsBest facilities, good salary and flexi timing.

ConsVery few on site opportunities.

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

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Overall good experience.

Lead Engineer (Current Employee)
Alpharetta, GA (US)

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

ProsFlexible work schedule and good work environment. People respect each other. We all have friends at work place.

ConsCompany does not provide a lot of work related trainings. Also there have been too many layoffs due to the big environment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice place to work at

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

ProsWork life balance is great

ConsThe salary structure is a bit non favorable

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

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