Ciena Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Small enough to easily make an impact, big enough to matter

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

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Ideal sized company that gives you lots of flexibility and autonomy. Has been a great experience. Friendly people. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Growing into a larger, more process-oriented company, so losing some of that start up mentality and culture. Inconsistent leveling from team to team. Too easy for dead weight to linger.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to maintain the Cienaness that makes the place special. Don't be afraid to make the tough call. It's too easy to coast at Ciena, and a not-insignificant number of people are doing so.


  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. Helpful (2)

    another lay-off

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    Current Employee - Delievry Driver/Forklift Operator in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Current Employee - Delievry Driver/Forklift Operator in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great management team. better than average salary ranges. flexible hours available. plenty of OT.

    Cons

    company is moving the division that I am currently employed in to Mexico in 2016, forcing a drastic reduction in work force numbers. After the notice of the pending lay-offs, corporate still sent out company e-mails telling ALL employees how good the quarter was going, how profits were higher than expected. Very poor ethical treatment of it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    STOP sending out corporate e-mails informing employees how GREAT the company is doing. How much money(via sales %) the executives will be making in bonuses in 2015.


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  5. Good pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Columbia, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    $$ stock small company feel and the engineering work I do is intersection

    Cons

    Can be hard to move up. Bonus unpredictable ivory tower


  6. Not bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ciena (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High compensation, challenging technology, high profile projects

    Cons

    Layoffs -> hiring -> outsourcing -> layoffs -> hiring

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a good job


  7. Decent work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Decent coworkers. Good pay.

    Cons

    Jobs become stale after awhile.


  8. Services Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with some great people, especially the network engineering people.

    Cons

    No work/life balance in the org I worked in. Way overloaded with work, approximately 60+ hours/week.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the scope of work involved and staff accordingly. Learn how to manage your customers so that they don't bleed you.


  9. Great company to work for

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    • 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.


  10. Engineer P1

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good people.

    Cons

    Not many window offices. Small break room.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more competitively.


  11. Project Manager

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    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



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