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Not a place to build a career

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Former Employee - Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at Ciena full-time

Pros

- Some people are very knowledgeable in their area
- Good technology if you're actually let to work on it
- Good place to go after school if you don't have a better offer, develop some marketable skills, then look for a better job where you can build a career

Cons

- Terrible compensation
- Bonuses are a joke
- No career development especially for new grads
- Not enough room for new grads to prosper
- Too many layoffs (2 or 3 times per year at times) - if you're a new grad they will try to make you think that you are safe from layoffs and that they're trying to make the company younger, but the truth is they have a deal with the government of Ontario to hire new grads (it's basically free for them) then if you're not a top performer or even if you're a top performer but your manager hasn't developed you and given you ownership then they will lay you off. As a new grad you may even get laid off in less than 6 months! Beware!!
- Very team dependent. Your team may be really good or it may be terrible - In general, if they haven't been able to tell you what your role is clearly before they give you an offer, then chances are they don't even know what your role is. You don't want to be in that situation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the management.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Ciena

  1.  

    It has been good working here.

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    Current Employee - Module Lead  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Module Lead in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Best facilities, good salary and flexi timing.

    Cons

    Very few on site opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Sr. Engineer Post-Sales

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    Former Employee - Network Transformation Solutions Engineer  in  Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Network Transformation Solutions Engineer in Mexico City (Mexico)

    I worked at Ciena as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Because is a small company, it gives the opportunity to move easy and resolve soon internal issues

    Cons

    There are many power groups that does n´t contribute to teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be more sensitive with low levels organization´s

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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