Ciena Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Excellent work environment, great products

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to Management

    You have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.


  2. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is no micro-managing. VERY diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pays less than average for position

    Advice to Management

    Give more performance raises


  3. Helpful (4)

    Ciena is a terrible place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Field Eng in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Field Eng in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is absolutely no good reason to be employed here. They treat their employees horribly and have taken nearly their entire workforce off-shore, calling themselves "a U.S. based company". Decietful liars.No bonuses to those that tow the line.

    Cons

    Selfish management, no work life balance, slave-like atmosphere. Management takes care of only themselves. I have been dragged all over the planet performing my job above expectations and I have not received a raise or bonus in two+ years of employment here. This place is absolutely horrible and I do not recommend emplyment here. I came over from Nortel Networks where employees were treated with dignity and respect. Ciena is selfless and selfish.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Optical vendor, state of the art technology in long haul and metro DWDM optical solutions for telecommunications.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Big 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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Accounting Department

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  7. Good company to work for if your not back office employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Back Office Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Back Office Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, casual atomosphere

    Cons

    Not much thought or care for back office employees just show up and do your job 100%, high stress over staying employed.

    Advice to Management

    If 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.


  8. One of the few North American based successful Telecom companies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    No 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 Management

    Watch out how high level management personalities and actions affect corp culture.


  9. Ciena

    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Focus 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 Management

    Be competitive.


  10. Great place to work, Good Career growth

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. I worked at Ciena

    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.



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