Ciena

  www.ciena.com
  www.ciena.com
There are newer employer reviews for Ciena

1 person found this helpful  

Ciena is a great place to grow as an engineer.

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

I have been working at Ciena

Pros

The exposure to new technology in telecom and fiber optics is unmatched. The engineers are brilliant and very good at teaching younger engineers about the tricks of the trade. There is a great sense of cameraderie and people will go out of their way to help out others.

Cons

There is an awful lot of red tape. Engineers are constantly hampered by paperwork requirements, which obviously results in less time designing and testing. There is a sort of struggle between departments, even when working towards the same goals. For example, there is a constant struggle between software and hardware engineers to accomplish their respective goals if toes are getting stepped on.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let engineers spend more time in the lab and designing new products, rather than constantly doing status updates.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

157 Other Employee Reviews for Ciena (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1.  

    supply chain

    • 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

    Good job to start after you finish university. Good salary

    Cons

    constant layoffs and changes. Not enough possibilities to do a career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marginal Products, Political Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Commute to work is good. Salary is on the low end for the local area but options outside of Gov't contract work in this area are very limited.

    Cons

    SW is weak, not a differentiator in the market. I feel this opportunity to capture market share is slipping away because Exec Leadership has not acted aggressively. Customer satisfaction with some of the larger carriers has become a significant problem and will likely limit sales growth - this impacts a significant portion of Ciena's revenue stream.

    Politics seem especially virulent among the execs. Probably because we have not hit our margin goals and stock is way down. Reorgs happen pretty regularly, VPs disappear without explanation. Trust level feels low among execs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address SW issues with transparency and leadership.
    Gary Smith should take a bigger role in developing a positive culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Ciena

Work at Ciena? Share Your Experiences

Ciena

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.