Ciena Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 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.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  2.  

    PLM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Product direction changes a lot.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Major part of the quality work is Off-shored,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Hanover, MD (US)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Hanover, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. International Presence. Company seems to be growing

    Cons

    Ciena 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 ManagementAdvice

    Building 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 1b in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 1b in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, good learning

    Cons

    some times no work. but good for learning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent work environment, great products

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 1b in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 1b in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    create good culture. Do not promote politics.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,compensation,work/life balance and growth

    Cons

    need to innovate and be open to new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    broaden horizons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is no micro-managing. VERY diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pays less than average for position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more performance raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ciena is a terrible place to work

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

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Selfish 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No stock options, not much work from home options..some dead weights sitting as everywhere..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.. bring ESPP, RSUs for India employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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