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Ciena Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
112 Reviews
3.3
112 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 14 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.  

    Very positive so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good (top end for our area), and environment is generally healthy. The company has been very good at compensating top performers and hard workers. Lots of average employees whine because they don't get treated like royalty... this company's philosophy is simple: you work hard, you'll be rewarded accordingly. If you're an average producer, you'll see average compensation... and if you don't cut the mustard, you won't last. Simple as that.

    Can work from home if desired, and the work schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Workloads are very heavy at times, and the technology is very complicated. Can be overwhelming. Need to hire more people to accomplish all the initiatives in the pipeline.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible work hours in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Could have better stock options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My first bad job, hope this review helps others, from making a drastic career mistake.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications
    Current Employee - Lead, IT Applications

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexibility. Training, if manager approves. Nice enough posh buildings.

    Cons

    Polite and candid way, of explaining the poor quality of work here, on the IT segment, gets tricky. There are few witty ones, not that. But overall, IT architecture, enterprise systems sucks. Surprisingly for a telecom, IT is not sophisticated. Its just about building something overnight, approving/managing/maintaining poor quality offshore solutions; depending on the title of your profile. No growth. Internal politics, favoritism, grapevines rampant. Quite a few of the managers who have been at Ciena for long, are very unprofessional, reviews on how you accept/adapt to management decisions and offshores, rather than on quality of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal IT is strength to any company. Respect their observations, facilitate their growth. Offshores can be an operational advantage, but need to be directed/reviewed properly. Giving full control, including Design and Architecture to them, comes at a very expensive cost. Be professionals with corporate ethics. Stick to the positive plans you promise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Balance work and life work environement

    Cons

    Not leading edge technological products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    CIENA Corp

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Glen Burnie, MD

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

    Pros

    great managers, great hours, flexible use of vacation or time-off allowed.

    Cons

    foreign owned company, cares more about the "bottom-line" than the future of it's employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I thought when I came on-board 4 and a half years ago I had found a job that I could retire from. Always played that scenario out in my head. Now, with lay-offs around the corner, I'll have to start over, AGAIN.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    It has been a good company so far but change in management does impact the employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance..
    Though it is not a startup, a starter gets a chance to dive deep into work and is given good credibility.

    Cons

    Traditional style of working ... management is not open minded .
    Ok benifits, not comparable to other companies in the area.
    Zero perks
    Zero Raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have grown throughout my time here and had the chance to try on a variety of roles; I love my company. Hard work.

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Ciena has allowed me to take risks and has rewarded me. The company has good values and wants to encourage personal growth and achievement.

    Cons

    The job needs to get done regardless of what is going on in your life. Your personal time will suffer for the "deal". Having said that, my experienxce is that management recognizes those sacrifices and rewards will come (as long as you aren't whiny about it. Just take your licks and move on like a professional. This is not the place to work if you want 40 hours week, mon to fri only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to your "red" roots--you are starting to look a little too "blue" lately. Flexibility and nimbleness is what got you to the dance. Don't start acting like a large cap company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow and steady company, okay recognition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Development in Hanover, MD

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

    Pros

    leading edge product development. Small company so you have a chance to help it grow

    Cons

    Middle heavy, lots of dinosaurs. Small company but this stifles innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire your middle managers that don't do anything. There are plenty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Leadership Role in Hanover, MD

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

    Pros

    Product technology is leading edge. Market position. Partnership with Ericsson opens up opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Ciena needed infusion of new more mature and savvy talent. Nortel MEN acquisition provided some of that, but also brought with it a culture that had, over the years during the Nortel downturn, self-selected managers, directors and IC's that were too readily compliant with the direction some execs took. The culture had placed a higher value on compliance ("alignment") over real debate and transparency - this lead to very real situations where the company's ability to achieve its goals were undermined.

    My experience was that the issues with culture and transparency went beyond the former Nortel exec leadership to in some specific cases to the senior exec's as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First phase of the company post-integration was to grow revenue, attack costs and try not to die.
    Next phase needs to be centered around a strong people-first approach to push the culture in a direction that effectively identifies and nurtures talent, provides an environment for growth and allow more effective work/life balance.
    Would add that a selective culling of the ex Nortel leadership is probably necessary to drive the level of change that is required for the company to thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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