Ciena Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
149 Reviews
3.3
149 Reviews
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ciena is a terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Great growth company.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading solutions that are helping drive the future of communications, cloud and the Internet.

    Cons

    Quick to cut employees without notice or providing an opportunity to move to a new role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    junior hardware designer coop position.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Hardware Engineer
    Former Employee - Computer Hardware Engineer

    I worked at Ciena as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people work with great lab environment, it is a flexible time to work with enough time for assignments with other team members, weekly meeting update as nortel's style, learning more technologies via internal training course without cost, all new tools and education is provided by online and workshop. teamwork and individual work base.
    great senior engineers are working so hard in the lab and lots of learning with them for new engineering concepts and developments.

    Cons

    not too much food in cafe, each year cut off people with bad performance without notification. some people are eating food in the office and it is not enough space to take break without people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. I can work from home. This allows employees to have a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Many engineers with many years of experience. It is very difficult to get ahead but you'll learn a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide comprehensive career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Disgusting Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No Pros, only Cons if u want to make your career hell ,go to Ciena.

    Cons

    hardcore internal politics, not employees only politicians work their
    Every manager is a politician , very poor work culture, HR team sucks big time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some People development , learn some humanity .

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Small teams, work hour flexibility

    Cons

    Limited room for growth, no career mentoring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to assign tasks which align to employee's interests

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Optical vendor, state of the art technology in long haul and metro DWDM optical solutions for telecommunications.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer P&T in Alpharetta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Best in their niche, one of the few of it's kind that survived the tech bubble

    Cons

    Big H1-B visa house, slave labor for a few years till they get their green card. About 90% Indian at the Alpharetta location. Not a diverse workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the majority of your employees from US citizens graduating college, with less that 10% H1-B candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Good Salary

    Cons

    Quality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

  11.  

    Accounting Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, work life balance, good people to work with

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, still struggling to get back to been a profitable company after the nortel acquisition, layoffs are a common place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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