Ciena Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
Gary B. Smith
47 Ratings

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. Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    we need more streamlined processes


  2. Dynamic and growing company slowed by internal bickering and politics

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer, P&T in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer, P&T in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable professionals
    Suitably equipped facilities
    Work/life balance - just be honest and do your job
    Opportunities to learn
    Benefits are very reasonable
    Pay is above market but not overly generous

    Cons

    Middle management is either not empowered or is constantly embroiled in meaningless unproductive politics ... or both
    Career advancement comes by favor or outside recruitment not usually hard work, dedication and proven results ... so ambitious and talented stalwarts leave
    Many of the managers have not been trained and do poor to fair jobs managing effectively

    Advice to Management

    Reward the talent you have - try to understand what they want and how they want to contribute
    Reduce the bickering and petty politics in mid-management and encourage them to be more honest, genuinely respectful and forthright


  3. Great Company, Great Products

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD

    I worked at Ciena (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Really good/experienced/smart people in the technical support functions and product development. They are on the right track with software development strategies. Fun and up beat environment

    Cons

    Systems don't always facilitate reporting, quick access to logistic data and order status. issues with service delivery causing customer issues

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing the software development to enable more SaaS delivery


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  5. Software engineer 2

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    Current Employee - Ontario in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Ontario in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with good work/life balance.

    Cons

    They don't increase salary for big tome


  6. Awesome Place for work

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good HR policy
    Good learning and chance to do lot of coding
    Friendly team environment

    Cons

    After some time Learning curve is low.


  7. Good pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    $$ stock small company feel and the engineering work I do is intersection

    Cons

    Can be hard to move up. Bonus unpredictable ivory tower


  8. Engineer P1

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good people.

    Cons

    Not many window offices. Small break room.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more competitively.


  9. Network Engineer in Solution Consulting & Engineering group.

    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, challenging environment that makes me smarter every day.

    Cons

    Too long of a commute, too unpredictable a schedule.


  10. manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were the best

    Cons

    Sr management. Did not have aclue

    Advice to Management

    They need to listen.


  11. Nice place with classic management

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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



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