Ciena
3.3 of 5 126 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Ciena Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.3 126 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith

Gary B. Smith

(74 ratings)

70% 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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    Lead software developer in ciena

    Lead Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsNice people to work with

    ConsPlanning is not theremneed more employee comeunication

    Advice to Senior ManagementEverything is base don events

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Changing times

    Sales Director (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsTechnology innovation; leader in Optical transport

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSack Business Ops bean counters who are basically clueless and add no value .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a ok place to work

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementsimplify management structure

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Much Growth Opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Alpharetta, GA

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

    ConsNot 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sub-par Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    Pros- Good salary and benefits
    - Good opportunites
    - Decent time off policies
    - Decent working environment
    - Some opportunities for growth (if the company grew)

    Cons- Terrible top management. Same senior management and Board of Directors for at least 10 years. Golden parachutes (for what?) are abundant. That is the main reason for all the "one-time charges".
    - Layoffs, acquisition, layoffs, acquisition, layoffs, acquisition
    - Titles are out of whack. Directors, Senior Directors, VP are flying around everywhere. Who actually works there?

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some folks (and not the cronies that started with the original Ciena organization) in there and run it as "real company". CEO Gary Smith's previous job was as Vice President of Sales at the semi-public entity Intelsat. Time to change (even if it will cost the CEO's 3 million dollar exit agreement).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting

    Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    City of Spokane Valley, WA

    ProsCiena pays among the leaders.

    ConsWork/life balance could use improvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employee, ask for feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    lots to catch up to be world class in Optical business

    Supply Chain Leader (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    Prospeople are great to work with. very professional

    ConsLittle career development or advancement

    Advice to Senior Managementfocused on company growth

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    Flexible, fulfilling, but still acts like a start-up which is sometimes not a good thing.

    Director (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsFlexible, good salary, ok benefits, nice offices in Linthicum MD,

    ConsLack of processes/systems cause many manual and therefore time-consuming, error-prone activities. Lots of non-value add work due to lack of investment in infrastructure/processes. Lack of financial analysis. Accounting refuses to provide financial analysis to management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in IT/infrastructure and FP&A. Mandate policies. Man-up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Use to be a lot more fun

    Accounting and Finance (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

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

    Consmassive 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 Senior Managementmake the changes necessary to processes to get them working more efficiently

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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