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Ciena Reviews

Updated 7 May 2017
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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  1. "Smaller Company in Big Corporate Clothing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    they pay pretty well and generally look after their salespeople
    The company is generally doing well and under pretty good sir leadership
    The cluture is pretty good it's like being in the family when you are there

    Cons

    North American centric, can be less understanding of European Markets
    Can be massively over optimistic on sales targeting (like many companies)
    Highly political environment and can be a bit clickey you have to manage upwards well
    Process and red tape can stifle innovation - too much red tape and legal/commercial governance from the Nortel MEN acquisition can stifle innovation. Like working for hege global corporate
    Commercial and legal rule the roost

    Advice to Management

    sort out your GTM in strategic new areas and start listening more to what is coming up from the coal face


  2. Helpful (1)

    "As a maturing start up they are trying too fast to be more mature by acquiring more mature companies."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anon in London, England
    Former Employee - Anon in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    opportunities for career progression, internal and external training, strive to improve work/life balance, compensation,

    Cons

    work/life balance for some, leadership negatively influenced too much by former acquisitions, some decisions by senior management have been very unpopular.

    Advice to Management

    too much concentration on saving on budgets at the expense of work/life balance, making uninformed decisions that affect lower management and employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Plaisant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career progression - great benefits - friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Management and hierarchy can be an issue


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "A Company in Flux, but some good people and great ideas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The People and the drive to be innovators. Ciena have a sound offering to the marketplace, that is shown by their success in winning major contracts.

    Cons

    The Politics, post merger .. people kept on by cronies. Pay could be better, but the benefits aren't bad.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people and look out for empire builders.


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  7. "asasasa"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance is near perfect

    Cons

    management should treat people like employees

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  8. "Overall Okay - mixed reviews"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Perkasie, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Perkasie, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working Remote, great benefits package

    Cons

    Management in FP&A has become like the breakfast club. If your friends, you are in and it does not benefit the company. Poor management on lower levels. Poor work life balance and salary advancements.


  9. "Not a bad company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    People are genuine and smart. They care about each other.

    Cons

    No new technology. Most of the things are rather old technology, except the SDN group.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Easy to Get By, Need to Ask for Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - easy to slack as long as you get your tasks done every month
    - nice benefits

    Cons

    - salary (I make way less than my friends who have the same title as me at companies in the same area)
    - hard to get a promotion even if you work your butt off

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut costs and reward the talent that is already at the company. Promote from within. People shouldn't have to leave and even come back in order to get a bump in title / salary. Full-time employees shouldn't be demoted to contractors in order to save money...


  11. "Former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    certain positions can work from home

    Cons

    rather not reveal at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep better track of employees


  12. "Good place to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good wellness and medical benefits
    People are co-operative
    Good campus
    Great place for engineers with a background in networks & communications

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth
    Pay is less
    Preference to education given over experience
    Work from home available only to most senior staff


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