Ciena

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  1.  

    Its a ok place to work

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
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    Use to be a lot more fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Accounting and Finance in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    work life balance
    work from home
    company allows for good accomodation for travelers
    decent pay

    Cons

    massive changes due to aquisition
    market forces not necessarily in favor of the company
    lot of compitition
    no longer have the big cash cusion that sustained the company through rough times
    bonus payouts are spotty at best
    raises have been slim in last 3 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the changes necessary to processes to get them working more efficiently

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty Good

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    great work/life balance
    great people to work with
    products are impressive
    good opportunities for new grads
    company that tries to keep things global

    Cons

    it's unclear what the future holds, even the immediate future
    little communication on what to expect
    health care plan could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more with the employees
    encourage employees to make decisions and maybe even make mistakes
    think about the true talent pool

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ciena used to be a nice place to work, but poor management decisions have led to its decline.

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

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    1. Compensation is competitive to the industry
    2. Work-life balance was fine - flexible hours
    3. Immediate working peers were fantastic - team environment

    Cons

    1. Limited to no career growth
    2. After every merger, the keys were handed to execs in the new company in favor of existing employees (e.g. NT now owns majority of eng. development)
    3. No loyalty to employees
    4. Indecisive management
    5. Constantly changing long term vision
    6. Clickish environment - it matters who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should reward loyalty to your employees who have been there for the long term vs. favoring new acquisitions and their employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    As a maturing start up they are trying too fast to be more mature by acquiring mature companies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    opportunities for career progression, internal and external training, strive to improve work/life balance, compensation

    Cons

    work/life balance, leadership negatively influenced too much by former acquisitions,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too much concentration on saving on budgets at the expense of work/life balance, making uninformed decisions that affect lower management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ok company if you like working under constant stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Office in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours , salary , benefits , paid time off ,

    Cons

    under valued , treated as a number , on going layoffs after each quarter end .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep an eye out on your employees that get paid the big bucks and do not know what they are doing . on location IT is a total joke and nowhere to be found most of the time .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's not a bad company, but it's in love with analytics, which is impacting the work environment.

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

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary.
    Some flexibility in work hours and work at home
    Good bonus plan

    Cons

    Raises are sporadic and very small
    There is too much process and HR seems to be running the company.
    Analytics is putting pressure on employees and it relies on non-experts trying to determine how long experts should take to do their jobs. It's not accurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Curb the big data implementation - it takes time away from the work and non-experts telling an expert how much time it should take to do their job is ridiculous.
    Reduce the role of HR in determining the resources on important projects - it should be driven by R&D
    Less process and analytics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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