Ciena Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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661 Ratings
Pros
  • "Implements good work-life balance(in 163 reviews)

  • "Good work environment flexible working environment(in 78 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work/Life balance can be difficult(in 30 reviews)

  • "Growth is primarily in India so career growth is very limited in NA(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best place to develop your career

      May 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Learning, and contribute. Good technology and people.

      Cons

      No stock options for entry level engineers.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good

      May 4, 2021 - Software Developer in San Jose, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I enjoy working here a lot

      Cons

      Nothing I can complain about

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      No career growth / low comp

      Apr 11, 2021 - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting problems and good tech stack. You’ll get exposure to industry standard technologies and tackle challenging problems.

      Cons

      Below average compensation and no career growth. No matter how hard you work everyone will receive very small raises (company has a low ceiling on the allowable yearly raise) and will need to wait 5-6 years for promo. Therefore there’s no motivation to work hard and high turn over after 2/3 years. Company rarely promotes from within choosing to hire instead creating a lack of knowledge among teams.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Learning Experience

      May 5, 2021 - Project Manager Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone is helpful when you reach out to them

      Cons

      Part-time internship is not the best learning experience especially with school going on side by side. You need to give a 100% to the internship

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing company to grow career

      Apr 20, 2021 - Software Engineer II 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Team structure is great and people too

      Cons

      Number of daily meetings can be reduced

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing place to work!

      Apr 2, 2021 - Senior Associate Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great pay, awesome coworkers, friendly and team oriented sales teams.

      Cons

      Technical documentation could be better, sometimes hard to find what you're looking for internally.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Place to Work

      Mar 31, 2021 - Executive Assistant in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      International Company, flexible work environment, great benefits, stability, opportunities

      Cons

      there are no cons for me.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company!

      Mar 31, 2021 - Human Resources 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      forward thinking, progressive, cares about employees

      Cons

      resources stretched thin, overworked, work-life balance

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Good working environment

      Mar 25, 2021 - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team. Excellent engineering and development environment

      Cons

      Compensation is not as competitive as FAAMG in the bay area

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent company with good work environment

      Apr 22, 2021 - Principal Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lot of good work in the field of networking

      Cons

      Company struggles with software projects

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