Ciena
3.4 of 5 117 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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3.4 117 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(68 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to work but mediocre pay & advancement opportunities

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

ProsFlexible work environment (relationship with immediate manager is key)
Highly intelligent and productive people; peers & managers included
Plenty of responsibility, task diversity, high level of influence
No tolerance for poor performance or bad interpersonal skills

ConsMature management & staff; (few opportunities for role advancement)
At or below market salary (you'll want to negotiate everything going in)
Limited pay increase potential (annual raises are not very common)

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up pay for performance initiatives;
Hire new grads to get new perspectives and long term growth

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sales (Current Employee)
Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

ProsCiena has quality people who care about their company and their jobs. They have flexible work arrangements and compensation is fair.

ConsAs compared to other companies I have worked in Ciena has few "con's". As I have to say something I would say those typical of a technical company.

Advice to Senior ManagementI choose not to answer this question as I can't presume to know the best way to run a company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Ciena

ProsCiena (then Wavesmith) had some interesting projects going on. Overall I was very impressed with the quality of my team members.

ConsI have to say there weren't too many downsides. Management had their act together, and I had a great boss. I was pushed when deadlines approached, but otherwise was left to my own devices.

Advice to Senior ManagementI can't really think of any advice I would give anyone at Ciene. They are a world class organization and I was happy to be an employee there.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Was a great place to work, but now questionnable due to Nortel acquisition

Senior Quality Engineer (Former Employee)
Linthicum Heights, MD

I worked at Ciena

ProsCiena had a great work/life balance with perks such as telecommuting plans, flexible work hours, health club reimbursements, and company wellness plans. The benefits package was quite lucrative, and the salaries were on par with other companies in the telecommunications industry. Management had an open door policy, and employees were empowered to work autonomously to achieve their assignments. The people are great to work with and sincerely want to help you when you ask - there truly is a sense of being a huge family.

ConsCiena is still an organization where it is important as to who you know rather than what you know in order to advance. The internal systems are very archaic and disjoined, and a silo mentality exists within certain groups. Gary Smith and upper management really sold out Ciena during the Nortel acquisition - who purchased who? Most Nortel management remained while Ciena management will most likely soon be shown the door. Many employees were very loyal to Ciena, and put forth a tremendous amount of effort to build the organization over the years. However, now they anxiously wait for severance packages.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou had a very strong team who sacrificed to make Ciena the successful telco it is today; however, you have just lost the most important resource to any organization since the trust factor has now disintegrated. Even though the Nortel acquisition supposedly launched Ciena 2-3 years into the future, what indirect price is Ciena going to pay? Gary used to stand up to Wall Street and not worry about what was thought or said about Ciena with respect to shorter term performace. Why did he not do it this time? Slower with much planning and thought is what drove Ciena to what is is today, but the Nortel deal was rapid and hasty.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ciena is a great place to grow as an engineer.

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Linthicum, MD

I have been working at Ciena

ProsThe exposure to new technology in telecom and fiber optics is unmatched. The engineers are brilliant and very good at teaching younger engineers about the tricks of the trade. There is a great sense of cameraderie and people will go out of their way to help out others.

ConsThere is an awful lot of red tape. Engineers are constantly hampered by paperwork requirements, which obviously results in less time designing and testing. There is a sort of struggle between departments, even when working towards the same goals. For example, there is a constant struggle between software and hardware engineers to accomplish their respective goals if toes are getting stepped on.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet engineers spend more time in the lab and designing new products, rather than constantly doing status updates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ciena

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

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

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Great place to work

Software Engineer 1b (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

ProsGood work culture, good learning

Conssome times no work. but good for learning

Advice to Senior Managementnothing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for

Software Engineer 1b (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

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

ConsBad 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 Senior Managementcreate good culture. Do not promote politics.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

ProsGood benefits,compensation,work/life balance and growth

Consneed to innovate and be open to new ideas

Advice to Senior Managementbroaden horizons

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Lead Engineer P&T (Current Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

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

ConsNo stock options, not much work from home options..some dead weights sitting as everywhere..

Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work.. bring ESPP, RSUs for India employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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