Ciena Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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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
  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 7 reviews)

  • Work/life balance could use improvement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Not bad

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High compensation, challenging technology, high profile projects

    Cons

    Layoffs -> hiring -> outsourcing -> layoffs -> hiring

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a good job


  2. Decent work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Decent coworkers. Good pay.

    Cons

    Jobs become stale after awhile.


  3. Services Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I worked with some great people, especially the network engineering people.

    Cons

    No work/life balance in the org I worked in. Way overloaded with work, approximately 60+ hours/week.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the scope of work involved and staff accordingly. Learn how to manage your customers so that they don't bleed you.


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  5. A friendly atmosphere, minimal politics and a market leader in large scale data networking.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New offices in Baltimore, good benefits, progressive telecommute policy for many employees. Convenient location in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area and easily accessible from major highways.

    Cons

    There is a inconsistent track record of bonus payouts and merit increases. Weak management discipline and operational leadership. Unrealistic workload expectations in many departments.

    Advice to Management

    Provide growth opportunities for mid-senior leaders. Executive leadership, commitment and focus to meeting business plan objectives should drive improvement in shareholder value and profit sharing with employees.


  6. Was a great company but are slowing loosing talent and experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Vacation days and great compensation for the work

    Cons

    Continue to place people in management jobs that have no experience in that area, then teams suffer and talent walks.

    Advice to Management

    Quit adopting all Nortel ideas and people, keep in mind they were bankrupt and we purchased them. Canada is not the answer.


  7. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Balance work and life work environement

    Cons

    Not leading edge technological products

    Advice to Management

    None


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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Started out good but went downhill as the company got bigger and slower.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is flexible and the engineers are great people to work with.

    Cons

    Little to no career development.
    IT terrible


  10. Helpful (6)

    Struggling to stay relevant.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits. Some smart people. Pretty buildings.

    Cons

    Company can't get to the next level. Struggles to break even each quarter. Very political. Weak, outdated, inconsistent management styles. Consistently penny-wise and pound-foolish. Run like a 50s era company despite a lot of happy talk. RIFs and layoffs poorly managed. Fear and discontent ripple throughout beat up staffs "happy" to be employed. Infrastructure not kept up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be cheap. Hire a COO. Walk the walk, management. Stop the rampant cronyism and nepotism. Building for the future means sometimes not hitting your numbers for a couple of quarters.


  11. Ciena was an okay career growth position

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Spokane, WA

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and challenging product testing with L2-L4 protocols.

    Cons

    Demoralizing management strategy which includes threatening your job security if you can't meet deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and grow the talent you have beneath you.



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