Ciena
3.3 of 5 127 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.3 127 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Industry Leader

    Tech Support (Current Employee)
    Hanover, MD

    ProsGood people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    ConsCareer direction seems to be an after thought

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

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    Good Opportunity for a Time

    Accounting and Finance (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsSalaries are good, bonuses are getting there, time-off

    ConsHR is horrible, do not expect support or career advise from this group. Procedures are put into place without training to those will be required to carry out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not preach party-line to the masses who know better, provide training opportunities for All employees. The company does not run on the backs of engineers and sales alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    Hanover, MD

    ProsWith a minute exception, the leadership team is solid and focussed. If you are in need of support, you can find the right person(s) or get pointed in the right direction. The company is supportive of growth and individual development towards a career goal.

    ConsToo many "rocks" that slows the company's growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe leaders and not bosses

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

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    Major part of the quality work is Off-shored,

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)
    Hanover, MD

    ProsFlexibility. International Presence. Company seems to be growing

    ConsCiena is not a place that will enhance your technical skills. Its a place to do some legacy ownership, and light work. The technical teams are Disorganized, disconnected. This mainly happens because most of the quality work is off-shored, with major control given to off shore teams. The vibes hence is on buying specialized skills from outside rather than build technical expertise, within, but in reality these specialized skills have little experience, and quite little tendency to share the work, or transfer knowledge to those internal to team. Less transparency and reliability witnessed on the culture of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuilding internal skills always helps long run. But if outsourcing is the path chosen by company, it maybe a better idea to hire internship managers who can manage this team. Technical people would obviously expect an enhancement of their technical skills, and its only fair hence not to hire them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent work environment, great products

    Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsStrong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    ConsLimited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.

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

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    Ciena is a terrible place to work

    Senior Field Eng (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsSelfish 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 Senior ManagementGet over yourselves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for if your not back office employee

    Back Office Employee (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsBenefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

    ConsNot much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have any hesitation about a process or practice before it is implemented, seek input from employees who will be performing them, managers are telling you what you want to hear which will always be, yes, but they have no ready solutions when things start going awry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work, Good Career growth

    Lead Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsVery 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.

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

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    Energetic company. Good ideas. Good Technology. Living quarter by quarter.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Work. Good ideas. Good Technology

    ConsTelecom. Living quarter by quarter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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