Ciena Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 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 20 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 13 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.  

    Great place to work, Good Career growth

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work culture with practical deadlines. Excellent training and innovative projects. Pays at the higher end than most. Great team to work with. Company is always improving with better business plans over time.

    Cons

    Company is expanding and future path a bit unsure. Team maybe expanded within or outside, to match the business expansion plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Independence, I got to pace my work. Co-workers were very helpful. There was always an encouragement to implement my ideas. I got to work on current projects and contributed while learning

    Cons

    I wasn't there long enough to be able to point out glaring cons. I would probably be able to comment better on it if I got to work more.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work! Excellent career growth

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They employ brillant people, the best in the industry. Great work environment! Excellent support & they truely thrive on innovation. Can work closely with upper managment & customers.

    Cons

    None really, I'm very pleased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work & focus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Everyone is so friendly and supportive. Full of very smart people, the best at what they do. Ciena only hires the best. Everyone around you helps you succeed.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many level of senior management. IT department is somewhat incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, and empower them to make change without so many levels of approval.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ciena is a good employer to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow. Management is not micro.

    Cons

    Very focused in growth in MD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Few acquisitions turned out to be successful. Need to be more careful before jumping to the next one.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ciena - A great Place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    One of the best company to work for. Best work environment. One can easily maintain his personal & professional life. Good Pay if you consider the companies in NCR region.

    Cons

    Nothing as such, May be technology wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unitech office has more facility than DLF.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    network company

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    network company surviving after Nortel

    Cons

    Very limited benefit in the market

  9.  

    Great growth company.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading solutions that are helping drive the future of communications, cloud and the Internet.

    Cons

    Quick to cut employees without notice or providing an opportunity to move to a new role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. I can work from home. This allows employees to have a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Many engineers with many years of experience. It is very difficult to get ahead but you'll learn a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide comprehensive career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, Ample opportunities and very good culture, Free Cab and Free Food

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good package and hike,Work life balance,Awesome food,One of best and highly paid company in Delhi NCR.
    Very good in hand salary, Very Co-operative seniors
    One of best company I have worked so far

    Cons

    You wont get that much which keeps you busy for whole day :-p

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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