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Updated January 17, 2018
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Pros
  • The Work / Life Balance is very good (in 97 reviews)

  • And the ability to work from home occasionally is also great (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good work environment

    Cons

    No much careen growth


  2. "Business Operations Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment, my manager was one of the best I've worked with, good company culture for women

    Cons

    A lot of employees work remote, the office was empty a lot, difficult to form working relationships

    Advice to Management

    have more employee activities/outings to create experiences

  3. "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good opportunities for new graduates.
    - Good culture.
    - Great job stability.
    - For the most part, the company goals are aligned across organizations.
    - Very innovative, in areas.

    Cons

    - The corporate strategy is not very growth-oriented, but is aimed for stability.
    - Considering the quality of the products, the sales teams don't have their act together.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the sales and give more power to local HR.


  4. "Needs staffing in all departments, always short staffed upper management doesn't listen and don't seem to care."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay & insurance ok some of managers are nice most care about patients nothing else to add to this review

    Cons

    No communication always short staffed. Working very long hours with no time off, working all holidays being shown no respect.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to check and see what is going on when people are put in positions.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent coworkers, Good benefits, Flexible hours

    Cons

    Career growth can be an issue for some


  6. "Market Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Leadership, Strong Values, Transparency, Flexibility

    Cons

    Tough industry segment, Needs to scale growth from traditional markets


  7. "Lead Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advanced technologies years ahead of other companies especially in optical communication, good management, friendly co-workers, decent benefits, competitive pay, chance to telecommute, good benefits,

    Cons

    Appears to be in a continuous reduction in force, many different locations including overseas if you aren't into work travel, 401k match and work/life balance could have been better.

    Advice to Management

    No complaints, keep it up ! There is no doubt in my mind that this company will go far.

  8. "Human Resource Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people and customers and atmosphere

    Cons

    I enjoy working at Ciena and the people and environment was great.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Stay away from this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, and benefits are decent. Opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    Horrible/weak management at all levels, No culture period!! you are in a nomads land.

    Advice to Management

    management training at all levels, hiring practice , treat people with dignity.


  10. "Go work at Ciena"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great technology, great vision.

    Cons

    I don't have any negative things to say at this time.


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