Ciena Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    It was a good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    They let me work from home

    Cons

    They moved the whole department to India


  3. Good company to work for while it lasts. Have moved most product development to India and Canada.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Ciena as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, good people. Cutting edge technology in the optical networking space.

    Cons

    Aging employee base. A significant amount of overhead in R&D, which increased when Nortel merged with Ciena and took ownership of some of the product lines.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box more.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Slow and steady company, okay recognition

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

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

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

    Pros

    leading edge product development. Small company so you have a chance to help it grow

    Cons

    Middle heavy, lots of dinosaurs. Small company but this stifles innovation.

    Advice to Management

    fire your middle managers that don't do anything. There are plenty


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company. Chaotic merger

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great Engineers. Skilled and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Under staffed in some areas.


  7. Industry Leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Hanover, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Career direction seems to be an after thought


  8. Enlightening

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

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

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

    Pros

    With a minute exception, the leadership team is solid and focussed. If you are in need of support, you can find the right person(s) or get pointed in the right direction. The company is supportive of growth and individual development towards a career goal.

    Cons

    Too many "rocks" that slows the company's growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders and not bosses


  9. Excellent work environment, great products

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Strong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to Management

    You have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.


  10. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD

    I worked at Ciena full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is no micro-managing. VERY diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pays less than average for position

    Advice to Management

    Give more performance raises


  11. Ciena

    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, great engineers and healthy work culture, more like a startup type of setup in North Atlanta. The productivity is very high.

    Cons

    Focus on one technology and not much variation over the years. Due to lack of technical culture in North Atlanta, there is not much happening besides Ciena.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive.



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