Ciena
3.3 of 5 127 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.3 127 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(75 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "This allows employees to have a great work-life balance"
    in 18 reviews
  • "Flexible work schedule and good work environment"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "No career growth plan for employees"
    in 6 reviews
  • "The upper management does not know what they are doing"
    in 6 reviews
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    Optical vendor, state of the art technology in long haul and metro DWDM optical solutions for telecommunications.

    Lead Engineer P&T (Former Employee)
    Alpharetta, GA

    ProsBest in their niche, one of the few of it's kind that survived the tech bubble

    ConsBig H1-B visa house, slave labor for a few years till they get their green card. About 90% Indian at the Alpharetta location. Not a diverse workforce.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the majority of your employees from US citizens graduating college, with less that 10% H1-B candidates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsDecent benefits, work life balance, good people to work with

    Consvery bureaucratic, still struggling to get back to been a profitable company after the nortel acquisition, layoffs are a common place

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for if your not back office employee

    Back Office Employee (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsBenefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

    ConsNot much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have any hesitation about a process or practice before it is implemented, seek input from employees who will be performing them, managers are telling you what you want to hear which will always be, yes, but they have no ready solutions when things start going awry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsGood Team culture at the working levels. Good back office support by Marketing, Operations, and Professional Services teams for customer facing jobs. No layoff worries for solid contributors.

    ConsNo raises for expanding experience or skill set. Can be political at the higher management levels with strong egos prevailing. common to limit or reduce commission once targets have been met. VPs and up make way too much money for the value provided but that's the norm in today's business culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lead Engineer (Former Employee)
    North Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsFocus 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 Senior ManagementBe competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, Good Career growth

    Lead Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good work culture with practical deadlines. Excellent training and innovative projects. Pays at the higher end than most. Great team to work with. Company is always improving with better business plans over time.

    ConsCompany is expanding and future path a bit unsure. Team maybe expanded within or outside, to match the business expansion plans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I learnt a lot more than I expected to and in spite of being an intern, I had freedom to try out my own ideas.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIndependence, I got to pace my work. Co-workers were very helpful. There was always an encouragement to implement my ideas. I got to work on current projects and contributed while learning

    ConsI wasn't there long enough to be able to point out glaring cons. I would probably be able to comment better on it if I got to work more.

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    It was decent, but I wish I could have worked on more relevant projects.

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsCurrently working on next generation technologies. Working hours are flexible. Friendly and amicable colleagues. Medium sized company with a few sites.

    ConsThe environment is somewhat lackluster. Seems very fragmented. I was working when the company was in a transition period (physically). Has not been doing well as of late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think more involvement is necessary.

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    QA Engineer (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    Prosgreat people to work with

    Consnot enough work in Atlanta

    Advice to Senior Managementrebuild Atlanta

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Energetic company. Good ideas. Good Technology. Living quarter by quarter.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Work. Good ideas. Good Technology

    ConsTelecom. Living quarter by quarter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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