Ciena Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
133 Reviews

3.4
133 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 19 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth plan for employees (in 6 reviews)

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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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  5.  

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

    • 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

    Good Work. Good ideas. Good Technology

    Cons

    Telecom. Living quarter by quarter.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great teamwork environment, forward thinking, innovative

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative, collaborative, salaries and bonuses competitive. Corp policy 2 days remote work, if job permits. I never work over 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Bonuses lacking, raises subpar, management top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a manager if you have people under you. There are too many upper managers with no subordonates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Ciena full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and good work environment. People respect each other. We all have friends at work place.

    Cons

    Company does not provide a lot of work related trainings. Also there have been too many layoffs due to the big environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lead Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Very good place to work

    Cons

    Lately there has been some layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible, fulfilling, but still acts like a start-up which is sometimes not a good thing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible, good salary, ok benefits, nice offices in Linthicum MD,

    Cons

    Lack of processes/systems cause many manual and therefore time-consuming, error-prone activities. Lots of non-value add work due to lack of investment in infrastructure/processes. Lack of financial analysis. Accounting refuses to provide financial analysis to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT/infrastructure and FP&A. Mandate policies. Man-up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, not bad

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Some VERY smart people work here - learn a lot
    Everyone does strive to resolve issues and lots of laughter on most conference calls

    Cons

    Long hour days
    Too many meetings and "cooks in the kitchen" at times
    Struggle with the tight budgets given to build products
    Too many acquisitions and opinions on how to do things
    Forward progress is frustrating to achieve, nothing happens fast
    95% communication via email

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't procedure us to death - what used to take a day now takes a week.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work but mediocre pay & advancement opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible 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

    Cons

    Mature 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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