Ciena
3.3 of 5 126 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.3 126 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(74 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood people working with, easy office culture

    Consindustry limit, low earning margin

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    Good Opportunity for a Time

    Accounting and Finance (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsSalaries are good, bonuses are getting there, time-off

    ConsHR is horrible, do not expect support or career advise from this group. Procedures are put into place without training to those will be required to carry out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not preach party-line to the masses who know better, provide training opportunities for All employees. The company does not run on the backs of engineers and sales alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked one term as an Intern

    Test Automation (Former Employee)
    Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat Place to work at. Very friendly and extremely helpful co-workers. Lots of opportunities to learn new stuff. Would recommend a friend to apply.

    ConsNeed appropriate training and guidance for interns and co-ops. Should be immensely independent and be willing and skilful to manage tasks on our own.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of smart people to work with.

    ConsProduct direction changes a lot.

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance, Good Salary

    ConsQuality of work not good for freshers, low appraisal

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    Good company to work for if your not back office employee

    Back Office Employee (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsBenefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

    ConsNot much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have any hesitation about a process or practice before it is implemented, seek input from employees who will be performing them, managers are telling you what you want to hear which will always be, yes, but they have no ready solutions when things start going awry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsGood Team culture at the working levels. Good back office support by Marketing, Operations, and Professional Services teams for customer facing jobs. No layoff worries for solid contributors.

    ConsNo raises for expanding experience or skill set. Can be political at the higher management levels with strong egos prevailing. common to limit or reduce commission once targets have been met. VPs and up make way too much money for the value provided but that's the norm in today's business culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work in transport technologies

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood tax benefits scheme like car rental, fuel reimbursements,driver salary, medical reimbursements

    ConsNo much onsites opportunities here

    Advice to Senior ManagementShort term onsite visits gets good co operations with global teams

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "O.K"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Helpful coworkers that supported me

    Cons-Boring atmosphere, just an average office
    - Always really quiet

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    It was decent, but I wish I could have worked on more relevant projects.

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsCurrently working on next generation technologies. Working hours are flexible. Friendly and amicable colleagues. Medium sized company with a few sites.

    ConsThe environment is somewhat lackluster. Seems very fragmented. I was working when the company was in a transition period (physically). Has not been doing well as of late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think more involvement is necessary.

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