Ciena

  www.ciena.com
  www.ciena.com

Ciena Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
157 Reviews
3.3
157 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
Gary B. Smith
93 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • No career growth plan for employees (in 6 reviews)

  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 7 reviews)

More Highlights

53 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    QA Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    not enough work in Atlanta

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rebuild Atlanta

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere, nice colleagues, good attitude

    Cons

    Employees are tired, little recognition of achievement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay raises to engineering employees when their section is profitable

  3.  

    Ciena is a collection of mediocre acquisitions struggling for relevance in the carrier networking market.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, and lots of room to explore different career avenues.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive in some markets. The future is always in doubt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing good money after bad projects. Cut your losses, figure out where your greatest strengths lie and aim for the fence for once.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    its good and bad, but not getting any better

    Current Employee - Senior Engineer GTS in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer GTS in Linthicum, MD

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

    Pros

    The Ciena can do attitude, just get the job done. Good benefits and pay. Good people and a commitment to training and learning

    Cons

    Bureaucracy introduced since the Nortel deal is breathtaking- no wonder Nortel went bust !
    Middle management are mostly Nortel and its hard to workout who took over who.
    A huge change in the way customers are supported - an arrogant like it or lump it approach.
    Metrics a big focus, but CSAT & ESAT pretty much ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the Bureaucracy before we all go the same way Nortel did. Cant you see adopting the working processes of a failed company is a mistake.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lead software developer in ciena

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Planning is not theremneed more employee comeunication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is base don events

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Changing times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology innovation; leader in Optical transport

    Cons

    Too many ex Nortel personnel in middle management roles, stifling innovation
    Terrible HR personnel and unprofessional practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack Business Ops bean counters who are basically clueless and add no value .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Its a ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule and good working environment
    Good work and life balance, ok compensation and benefits
    There are some intelligent people

    Cons

    Management is the problem, too many layers of middle management
    not much career opportunities, sometimes unreasonable project schedules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify management structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not Much Growth Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Good benefits and mediocre pay for entry level engineers.
    Free water and restrooms are nice.
    Most people are friendly.
    Interesting to learn various telecom technology.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunity.
    There are barely raises and bonuses are nearly none existent.
    Promotions don't seem to come and a good amount of incompetency in the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    people are great to work with. very professional

    Cons

    Little career development or advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focused on company growth

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    lots to catch up to be world class in Optical business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Leader in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Leader in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    learning opportunities are available; good place to work closely with teams from different functions;global presence; focus on customers and relationships

    Cons

    poor systems; weak in integration; feels like you are always playing catch up to meet deadlines or quarterly revenue targets;no salary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in tools for engineering teams;motivate personnel with annual salary increase;reduce number of layers and senior executives with meaningless titles

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Ciena? Share Your Experiences

Ciena

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.