Ciena Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
137 Reviews
3.4
137 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 19 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work in transport technologies

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good tax benefits scheme like car rental, fuel reimbursements,driver salary, medical reimbursements

    Cons

    No much onsites opportunities here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good Team culture at the working levels. Good back office support by Marketing, Operations, and Professional Services teams for customer facing jobs. No layoff worries for solid contributors.

    Cons

    No raises for expanding experience or skill set. Can be political at the higher management levels with strong egos prevailing. common to limit or reduce commission once targets have been met. VPs and up make way too much money for the value provided but that's the norm in today's business culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enhanced my technical skill and its implementation in the real world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Release Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ciena as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment, consistent growth, fast paced development, bright future.

    Cons

    no cons as such that i observed during my 1 year term of internship in ottawa, carling campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Ciena

    Former Employee - Lead Engineer  in  North Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Ciena full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work environment, great engineers and healthy work culture, more like a startup type of setup in North Atlanta. The productivity is very high.

    Cons

    Focus on one technology and not much variation over the years. Due to lack of technical culture in North Atlanta, there is not much happening besides Ciena.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Ciena was a great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Management Co-op  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Management Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ciena as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Helpful colleagues
    -Relaxed and professional environment
    -Loads of learning oppurtunities

    Cons

    -There was absolutely nothing negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, Good Career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst

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

    Pros

    Very good work culture with practical deadlines. Excellent training and innovative projects. Pays at the higher end than most. Great team to work with. Company is always improving with better business plans over time.

    Cons

    Company is expanding and future path a bit unsure. Team maybe expanded within or outside, to match the business expansion plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Independence, I got to pace my work. Co-workers were very helpful. There was always an encouragement to implement my ideas. I got to work on current projects and contributed while learning

    Cons

    I wasn't there long enough to be able to point out glaring cons. I would probably be able to comment better on it if I got to work more.

  9.  

    "O.K"

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    -Helpful coworkers that supported me

    Cons

    -Boring atmosphere, just an average office
    - Always really quiet

  10.  

    Great potential

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Great, sales focused company. Great technical prowess.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be challenging to overcome division silos.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was decent, but I wish I could have worked on more relevant projects.

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I worked at Ciena as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Currently working on next generation technologies. Working hours are flexible. Friendly and amicable colleagues. Medium sized company with a few sites.

    Cons

    The environment is somewhat lackluster. Seems very fragmented. I was working when the company was in a transition period (physically). Has not been doing well as of late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think more involvement is necessary.

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