Ciena Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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. Senior Director of Global Trade

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High Technology Company with global operations. This company allows you to expand your experience into many jurisdictions around the world. They continue to develop new technology and acquire new companies and technologies

    Cons

    No interest in improving operations. This company begins very large business change projects but never executes on them properly. Each department works very independately and there is not couherent cross functional work.

    Advice to Management

    Control Operations. Work on one transformation project at a time and do not allow scope creep. Keep the department heads working together with he same corporate goal and not individual goals of their departtment.


  2. Engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training, access to product managers for help, some great managers to work with (if you are lucky)

    Cons

    nothing stands out particularly, but you might see some politics playing out "against" you.

    Advice to Management

    it is good to have a team but at times team needs to be lead in direction by people who know ground reality.


  3. Helpful (1)

    leader in niche market, hard to sustain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    leader in optical telecom market can increase change speed to adapt to market

    Cons

    compensation should increase promotion is not transparent


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, friendly work environment with very accomplished technology. They openly use acquisitions to broaden the product portfolio and integrate those technologies into their core competencies.

    Cons

    Very political for such a small-ish company in a competitive landscape of giant corporations, and therefore slow to address glaring issues. Products, and therefore resources are in distinct silos. Cooperation and collaboration is therefore up to individuals to reach across the silos to create solutions for a given customer. Executive management is isolated.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the reality of what is transpiring in the every day competitive landscape. Your lieutenants are working diligently, and effectively to isolate you from very critical needs and strategic errors.


  6. Small enough to easily make an impact, big enough to matter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Ideal sized company that gives you lots of flexibility and autonomy. Has been a great experience. Friendly people. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Growing into a larger, more process-oriented company, so losing some of that start up mentality and culture. Inconsistent leveling from team to team. Too easy for dead weight to linger.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to maintain the Cienaness that makes the place special. Don't be afraid to make the tough call. It's too easy to coast at Ciena, and a not-insignificant number of people are doing so.


  7. Great entry level career

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people and working environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    no transparency into career progression


  8. Good people, not much growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good people, ok pay, flexible

    Cons

    Work balance is too big, they need stuff done asap and now..

    Advice to Management

    Manage workload more smartly, have raises even small ones yearly to keep motivation


  9. Not bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ciena (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High compensation, challenging technology, high profile projects

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a good job


  10. Decent work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Jobs become stale after awhile.


  11. Services Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    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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