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Ciena Reviews

Updated 14 October 2017
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Pros
  • The Work / Life Balance is very good (in 84 reviews)

  • And the ability to work from home occasionally is also great (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Network Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    free to explore different topics.
    decent work and life balance.
    exposure to different technologies

    Cons

    underpaid
    minimal recognition for your work


  2. "Good products and people terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (More than a year)

    Pros

    Product quality and individual talents

    Cons

    HR (mainly) and management in general. Engineers that talks with engineers only. No strategy and lack of future vision.

    Advice to Management

    Believe and give a chance to everyone to talk. You can´t have different results doing always the same.


  3. "Ciena"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and Solutions around core competencies. When focused they win.

    Cons

    Transformation efforts need better ( executive level focus and executive level accountability ). Need to avoid unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Break up the log jam. Let people excel...have them work their strengths. Do not chase unicorns with peoples careers.
    Let plans develop... not just Quarterly view but long term.
    Stay in the lane and execute.


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  5. "Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice company to work with with best in class facilities and remuneration

    Cons

    Job is not secure! Any time you can be asked to leave!

    Advice to Management

    Need to have continuous dialogue with mid management to get them more engaged and motivated.


  6. "Great place to work at."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people and comfortable company culture.

    Cons

    No red flags at this company.


  7. "Decent"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    hire quickly as a full time or contract.

    Cons

    quick to pass blame, very replaceable

    Advice to Management

    spend more time actually listening and training


  8. "Good Benefits, Political Swamp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits, work setting.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Less a meritocracy than a little girls and boys club. Management talks a good game - "it's all about the people, no really, blah, blah, blah." Then suddenly entire groups vanish without warning. Lots of churn in management. The rank and file punch the clock, nod vigorously, and keep mute - and survive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treading water, at least you won't drown right away.


  9. "Great place to work - except for IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry's smartest people, very collaborative environment - you can learn a ton and people are very willing to teach you. The benefits are great and the executives are very capable. The company brings in a lot of new grads every year in Ottawa. There is an ice cream machine and a Starbucks in the building, and the cafeteria has good food at cheap prices. The biggest benefit is the brilliant people you get exposed to.

    Cons

    The IT group needs a complete overhaul. They are old school and make it more difficult to do your job instead of the other way around. They seem to have forgotten that they are a support group there to make our lives better, not worse. They keep bringing in more and more VPs but the worker bees don't see any improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in IT - get some progressive thinkers in that group and the rest of us will be a formidable force with IT that can keep up with the talent here.

    Gary Smith and the executives - keep doing what you're doing. You make it a great company to work for.


  10. "IT at Ciena"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off policy

    Cons

    constant change and little employee loyalty


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good people, interesting and evolving technologies

    Cons

    Some lack of direction and long term vision for some products


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