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Ciena Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
154 Reviews
3.3
154 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
Gary B. Smith
90 Ratings

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.  

    AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Other than paying the bills, my time at Ciena was a complete waste.

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

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

    Pros

    You can pay your bills.

    Cons

    Incompetent and wothless management in the PN department.
    0 chance of advancement.
    Dead end job full of promises that never pan out.
    Lack of ethics.
    Long hours with no reward.
    Outsourcing to India.
    Lies upon lies.
    If your department is over budget in Q1, expect to be fired by Q3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect instead of property or slaves. Take the time to plan ahead for the long term instead of quick profits. Fire both directors and replace then with people who have people skills, management skills, and basic common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre pay and very limited advancement opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Mediocre or average pay perks and benefits,
    Not much exciting work,
    Low motivation levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tries to show off that they are doing a lot for career development of the employees, but in reality nothing much has been done on this front. If you keep doing what you are doing you might lose some valuable resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Industry Leader

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Career direction seems to be an after thought

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A change in attitude

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

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

    Pros

    Good technology and strong revenues.

    Cons

    The open door policy from the past is closed. No career path. Plenty of politics for everyone. Management is getting rich. Zero work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't you being back the team spirit? Make Ciena a place that people want to work.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Opportunity for a Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enlightening

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

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

    Pros

    With 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be leaders and not bosses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent work environment, great products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Strong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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