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Ciena Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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  1. A friendly atmosphere, minimal politics and a market leader in large scale data networking.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New offices in Baltimore, good benefits, progressive telecommute policy for many employees. Convenient location in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area and easily accessible from major highways.

    Cons

    There is a inconsistent track record of bonus payouts and merit increases. Weak management discipline and operational leadership. Unrealistic workload expectations in many departments.

    Advice to Management

    Provide growth opportunities for mid-senior leaders. Executive leadership, commitment and focus to meeting business plan objectives should drive improvement in shareholder value and profit sharing with employees.

  2. Company is no longer growing..

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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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent culture but is eroding due to decline in the marketplace

    Cons

    Poor collaboration and little trust of management

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to grow the company

  3. Was a great company but are slowing loosing talent and experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Vacation days and great compensation for the work

    Cons

    Continue to place people in management jobs that have no experience in that area, then teams suffer and talent walks.

    Advice to Management

    Quit adopting all Nortel ideas and people, keep in mind they were bankrupt and we purchased them. Canada is not the answer.

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  5. Principal Test Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ciena

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn new things

    Cons

    low salaries, no RSUs given only to few people.

    Advice to Management

    should identify real performing people and reward them. Internal candidates should be preferred for vacant positions before opening to external .

  6. Very positive so far.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good (top end for our area), and environment is generally healthy. The company has been very good at compensating top performers and hard workers. Lots of average employees whine because they don't get treated like royalty... this company's philosophy is simple: you work hard, you'll be rewarded accordingly. If you're an average producer, you'll see average compensation... and if you don't cut the mustard, you won't last. Simple as that.

    Can work from home if desired, and the work schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Workloads are very heavy at times, and the technology is very complicated. Can be overwhelming. Need to hire more people to accomplish all the initiatives in the pipeline.

  7. Not a great business to be in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, Salary, WFH, Good people below management level.

    Cons

    always in fear of being laid off. Not about people first. No room for advancement, people always in fear.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect!!!!!!!

  8. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Could have better stock options.

  9. Micro managed and no room for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Management Co-op in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Network Management Co-op in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Company does not promote from within. Does not try to develop and motivate employees. Moral is low. Compensation is low. Micro managed by management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. This motivates employees

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications

    I have been working at Ciena

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Balance work and life work environement

    Cons

    Not leading edge technological products

    Advice to Management

    None

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