Ciena Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Nice place with classic management

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MA
    Current Employee - IT Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MA

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, good opportunity to work on new technologies with so many projects in pipeline for next 5 years. Professional employees relationship across company. Decent benefits and very flexible with work location (remote or on site). Global exposure and healthy planning

    Cons

    Most of the management is loyal (or well established for retirement) and has been in same position for more than a decade which leaves limited or no growth in career. Not much rotation policy across the company if you need to growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May be a rotation policy for Directors or above management every two can do wonder and help back-up management in crisis

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. nice place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    the pay is not so well

  3. Very positive so far.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good (top end for our area), and environment is generally healthy. The company has been very good at compensating top performers and hard workers. Lots of average employees whine because they don't get treated like royalty... this company's philosophy is simple: you work hard, you'll be rewarded accordingly. If you're an average producer, you'll see average compensation... and if you don't cut the mustard, you won't last. Simple as that.

    Can work from home if desired, and the work schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Workloads are very heavy at times, and the technology is very complicated. Can be overwhelming. Need to hire more people to accomplish all the initiatives in the pipeline.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good company

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible work hours in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Could have better stock options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Overall Good Experience so far

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great infrastructure (cab service), facilities, recreation facilities.
    Outdoor indoor / activities are great.
    Friendly culture.

    Cons

    Technical growth is self dependent. One needs to go out of job requirements for the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    It was a pleasure working at Ciena where people are valued for their skills.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flex time, telecommute (work from home occasionally), everyone starts with 3 wk vacation, weeklong xmas holidays, full medical, dental, vision benefits.

    Cons

    Understaffed and with recent round of layoffs, more understaffing in North America. Jobs going increasingly to Mexico.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice place maintaining smooth work life balance but lacks challenging environment

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

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

    Pros

    Food and Cab facility
    Healthy work environment
    Nice people, nice culture

    Cons

    Not much motivation in the team.
    Lacks in enhancing personal knowledge and growth

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    I have grown throughout my time here and had the chance to try on a variety of roles; I love my company. Hard work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Ciena has allowed me to take risks and has rewarded me. The company has good values and wants to encourage personal growth and achievement.

    Cons

    The job needs to get done regardless of what is going on in your life. Your personal time will suffer for the "deal". Having said that, my experienxce is that management recognizes those sacrifices and rewards will come (as long as you aren't whiny about it. Just take your licks and move on like a professional. This is not the place to work if you want 40 hours week, mon to fri only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to your "red" roots--you are starting to look a little too "blue" lately. Flexibility and nimbleness is what got you to the dance. Don't start acting like a large cap company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Employee friendly, good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work with. Work life balance. Career growth.

    Cons

    There are always some cons if you talk about the pros. We may negate the cons overs the pros.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. AR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working from home, environment. Flexibility

    Cons

    Salary could be more. Location

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