Ciena

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  1.  

    Great place to work but mediocre pay & advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Flexible work environment (relationship with immediate manager is key)
    Highly intelligent and productive people; peers & managers included
    Plenty of responsibility, task diversity, high level of influence
    No tolerance for poor performance or bad interpersonal skills

    Cons

    Mature management & staff; (few opportunities for role advancement)
    At or below market salary (you'll want to negotiate everything going in)
    Limited pay increase potential (annual raises are not very common)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up pay for performance initiatives;
    Hire new grads to get new perspectives and long term growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Quality People

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Ciena has quality people who care about their company and their jobs. They have flexible work arrangements and compensation is fair.

    Cons

    As compared to other companies I have worked in Ciena has few "con's". As I have to say something I would say those typical of a technical company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I choose not to answer this question as I can't presume to know the best way to run a company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Ciena (then Wavesmith) had some interesting projects going on. Overall I was very impressed with the quality of my team members.

    Cons

    I have to say there weren't too many downsides. Management had their act together, and I had a great boss. I was pushed when deadlines approached, but otherwise was left to my own devices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't really think of any advice I would give anyone at Ciene. They are a world class organization and I was happy to be an employee there.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a great place to work, but now questionnable due to Nortel acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Linthicum Heights, MD

    I worked at Ciena

    Pros

    Ciena had a great work/life balance with perks such as telecommuting plans, flexible work hours, health club reimbursements, and company wellness plans. The benefits package was quite lucrative, and the salaries were on par with other companies in the telecommunications industry. Management had an open door policy, and employees were empowered to work autonomously to achieve their assignments. The people are great to work with and sincerely want to help you when you ask - there truly is a sense of being a huge family.

    Cons

    Ciena is still an organization where it is important as to who you know rather than what you know in order to advance. The internal systems are very archaic and disjoined, and a silo mentality exists within certain groups. Gary Smith and upper management really sold out Ciena during the Nortel acquisition - who purchased who? Most Nortel management remained while Ciena management will most likely soon be shown the door. Many employees were very loyal to Ciena, and put forth a tremendous amount of effort to build the organization over the years. However, now they anxiously wait for severance packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You had a very strong team who sacrificed to make Ciena the successful telco it is today; however, you have just lost the most important resource to any organization since the trust factor has now disintegrated. Even though the Nortel acquisition supposedly launched Ciena 2-3 years into the future, what indirect price is Ciena going to pay? Gary used to stand up to Wall Street and not worry about what was thought or said about Ciena with respect to shorter term performace. Why did he not do it this time? Slower with much planning and thought is what drove Ciena to what is is today, but the Nortel deal was rapid and hasty.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ciena is a great place to grow as an engineer.

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

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    The exposure to new technology in telecom and fiber optics is unmatched. The engineers are brilliant and very good at teaching younger engineers about the tricks of the trade. There is a great sense of cameraderie and people will go out of their way to help out others.

    Cons

    There is an awful lot of red tape. Engineers are constantly hampered by paperwork requirements, which obviously results in less time designing and testing. There is a sort of struggle between departments, even when working towards the same goals. For example, there is a constant struggle between software and hardware engineers to accomplish their respective goals if toes are getting stepped on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let engineers spend more time in the lab and designing new products, rather than constantly doing status updates.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place maintaining smooth work life balance but lacks challenging environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Employee friendly, good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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.  

    good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

    Pros

    work from home, good colleagues, technology leader, benefits are OK, pay is OK

    Cons

    very little pension, very low margin business, not very profitable if at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    additional pension benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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