Ciena Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management does not know what they are doing (in 7 reviews)

  • Work/life balance could use improvement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to work and accomplish goals with any micromanaging Management works with employee on goals and lets them go after them. Forward looking product marketing. Good acquisitions over past 8 years.

    Cons

    Individual is on his own to figure out how to accomplish goals.


  2. Graduate Intern at Ciena

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a nice experience to graduate at Ciena as it is a pioneering company in optical fiber telecommunications.

    Cons

    The location is a little far from downtown so having a car is recommended.


  3. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Worked with cutting edge hardware technology. Great team of people to work with.

    Cons

    Culture is changing with latest aquisition of Nortel. Not much career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries should be adjusted for at least the rate of inflation on an annual basis.


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  5. Project Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Project Manager in Ballwin, MO
    Former Employee - Field Project Manager in Ballwin, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere. Outstanding benefits

    Cons

    No bad experiences working there


  6. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented people. Executive team has a good strategy. Nice compensation / benefit and vacation plans.

    Cons

    Some areas are understaffed and employees are working all through the day and night.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at resource management.


  7. Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance .

    Cons

    Salary is a little lower than in industry

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  8. Great place to work, Good Career growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Build the team within the company to best preserve skillsets.


  9. Pros

    Independence, 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

    Cons

    I 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Amazing place to work! Excellent career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They employ brillant people, the best in the industry. Great work environment! Excellent support & they truely thrive on innovation. Can work closely with upper managment & customers.

    Cons

    None really, I'm very pleased.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work & focus.


  11. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is so friendly and supportive. Full of very smart people, the best at what they do. Ciena only hires the best. Everyone around you helps you succeed.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many level of senior management. IT department is somewhat incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and empower them to make change without so many levels of approval.



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