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Ciena Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
167 Reviews
3.1
167 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Slow and steady company, okay recognition

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    • 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.  

    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 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Excellent work environment, great products

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great teamwork environment, forward thinking, innovative

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    • 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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Lead Engineer

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good place to work

    Cons

    Lately there has been some layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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