Ciena Reviews

Updated July 7, 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. Small enough to easily make an impact, big enough to matter

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Great entry level career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people and working environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    no transparency into career progression


  3. 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


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  5. Not bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Decent work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Services Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. It was better company to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    - Excellent People to work - Leading Technology - Some flexibility of work-time (if you are not overloaded)

    Cons

    - Workload - lack of private-business life balance; unfortunately it is caused by reductions made by company over last few years, same time the number of projects is just increasing, company is too much focused on savings that forgot about people... - Reorganizations every year are just causing a lot of mess and frustration internally and externally - Number of "new processes/procedures" - Ciena is still mid size company, but the processes set is like in huge organization; unfortunately most of them were introduced within last 12-24 months... there is a of situations, that processes are not allowing to smoothly run the business.

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your people, you have got really great team of committed experts; reduce the number of processes and procedures - that company cannot be run by financial advisers/analysists


  9. Hidden cold war

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

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

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

    Pros

    Small size Organization that you have chance to see and sit with CEO even so easy.

    Cons

    Cold war between London and rest of EMEA, lake of empowerment, cover all UK mistakes at cost of reputation of others....Company is full of managers but not leaders

    Advice to Management

    Current decision makers at London office, should be changed...all of them


  10. Join if you want work life balance.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Ciena

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -> Decent pay. -> Ultimate work life balance. -> Employee friendly policies. ->Free cab , Free food.

    Cons

    -> All projects are on outdated technologies. -> Almost no onsite.(Max 1 month, once ) -> Manager driven company. -> Unchallenging work

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and give recognition to the potential candidates.


  11. Estable company, no growth opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Ciena

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits.time management, infraestructure, work environment.

    Cons

    No training nor carreer development, lot's of politics involved at the moment, poor people management, Poor leadership.



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