Ciena Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
147 Reviews
3.3
147 Reviews
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This allows employees to have a great work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and good work environment (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth plan for employees (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    Former Employee - Research Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Ciena as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    I think more involvement is necessary.

  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Good Work. Good ideas. Good Technology

    Cons

    Telecom. Living quarter by quarter.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great teamwork environment, forward thinking, innovative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Hanover, MD

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

    Pros

    Innovative, collaborative, salaries and bonuses competitive. Corp policy 2 days remote work, if job permits. I never work over 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Bonuses lacking, raises subpar, management top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a manager if you have people under you. There are too many upper managers with no subordonates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    QA Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    not enough work in Atlanta

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rebuild Atlanta

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere, nice colleagues, good attitude

    Cons

    Employees are tired, little recognition of achievement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay raises to engineering employees when their section is profitable

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demotivating work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Work Life balance is very good.
    Good HR policies
    Good pay
    Good place if you are just looking to take life easy.

    Cons

    The bonus pool is a joke.
    No positive cross-team communication.
    In-fighting among team members fostered by the upper management.
    Poorly managed release schedule.

    Interview process is a joke. People are hired willy-nilly based on who they knoe rather than how much they know. And the process itself is not regulated - sometimes they have group interviews and sometimes individualized.
    No respect for employees and future employees. I have seen interview candidates made to wait for hours in the lobby, while they bring in other candidates for interviews.

    Not enough senior members in the engineering teams. The less experienced Engineers are not able to handle the major design changes. Not enough work for all the Engineers. Right now the all the Engineering teams are in hiring mode but this is just so that the management can get promoted. Loads of people are just sitting around doing their own personal work/training etc. People have been working on the same technologies for years - this is good as they have great knowledge of that one technology but the bad thing is they have no idea about the others and refuse to work on other technologies.

    One BU rides on the shoulders of the other. This will not work long term and will lead to lay-offs if no new revenue stream is generated.

    No long term planning. Work is done on a day to day basis leading to mismanagement of time.

    NO RSUs/Stocks till you are at a much higher grade.

    Research more about the company culture before accepting a job and take the recruiters words with a pinch of salt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out why people are so demotivated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work! Excellent career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work & focus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ciena is a collection of mediocre acquisitions struggling for relevance in the carrier networking market.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, and lots of room to explore different career avenues.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive in some markets. The future is always in doubt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing good money after bad projects. Cut your losses, figure out where your greatest strengths lie and aim for the fence for once.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lead engineer

    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Ciena full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very dedicated and talented people, flexible workplace, challenging environment

    Cons

    Going through lot of reorg, uncertainty! Ok benefits

  11.  

    Overall good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and good work environment. People respect each other. We all have friends at work place.

    Cons

    Company does not provide a lot of work related trainings. Also there have been too many layoffs due to the big environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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