Ciena
3.4 of 5 117 reviews
www.ciena.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Very Vertical, Poor Communication

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Alpharetta, GA

I worked at Ciena

ProsSome of the technology is complex and interesting, there is a strong pool of talent in coworkers, and select team managers do an excellent job with their team members.

ConsManagement style is very vertical and often micromangement, Compensation changes and promotions seem to be about playing favorites rather than work ethic or performance, HUGE communication issues between departments and teams, some employees who have been there for a very long time have not learned new technology and are very resistant to change.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if senior management looked more into the actual workings of the company on a day to day basis. Because of how vertical the company is there's a thick layer of middle management that basically spend their time competing, playing politics, and masking what really goes on from senior level management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was a great place to work, but now questionnable due to Nortel acquisition

Senior Quality Engineer (Former Employee)
Linthicum Heights, MD

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Pros: Ciena had a great work/life balance with perks such as telecommuting plans, flexible work hours, health club reimbursements, and company wellness plans. The benefits… Cons: Ciena is still an organization where it is important as to who you know rather than what you know in order to advance. The… Advice to Senior Management: You had a very strong team who sacrificed to make Ciena the successful telco it is today; however, you have just lost the most important… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Great place to work

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Linthicum, MD

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Pros: Everyone is so friendly and supportive. Full of very smart people, the best at… Cons: Sometimes there are too many level of senior management. IT… Advice to Senior Management: Listen to your employees, and empower them to make change… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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