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Ciena Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Great place to start or end your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leader in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Leader in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, benefits, perks, lots of flexibility, and nice location

    Cons

    no room for career advancement unless someone leaves or retires, which is rare.

    Advice to Management

    Provide additional pay or benefits as there is not much room for growth in order to retain talent


  2. "Overall Okay - mixed reviews"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Perkasie, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Perkasie, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working Remote, great benefits package

    Cons

    Management in FP&A has become like the breakfast club. If your friends, you are in and it does not benefit the company. Poor management on lower levels. Poor work life balance and salary advancements.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "software developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay work environment. Good salary and bonus

    Cons

    Core business concentrates on areas that is not growing


  4. "Level 3 Lead Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Field Service Technician III in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Lead Field Service Technician III in Lawrenceville, GA

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

    Pros

    Pay an bonus
    Travel expense is paid by company
    Work

    Cons

    Layoff
    Travel
    Management treated workers like meat

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees and find out who is best suited for the future of the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middle River, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middle River, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits if you are you with a family or planning a family

    Cons

    As with many companies depending on what department you work in there may or may not be growth potential

    Advice to Management

    None, a group of them would find something to joke about instead of giving it an ounce of consideration.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr, Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work Remotely, opportunity to take on new responsible, global experience

    Cons

    NO ability to advance career, no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to middle management


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Ciena employee."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in America, OK
    Current Employee - Employee in America, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Healthcare package, Estable job, Good work environment, Result oriented evaluation.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, No training, No clear intercompany communication, mid level leadership team is clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing the organization. Define once and for all the path of the company.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a paying job.

    Cons

    Very political. Whether your team does well.

    Advice to Management

    Get into a new market.


  9. "general"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tech good office space

    Cons

    Slow pay raise slow growth

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. "Working as SE"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very nice company and very flexible working hours. Nice team as well. Good training and career plan.

    Cons

    management team change too fast. I have 4 different manager within less than 1 year. Even worse I have never chance to meet either one of them!

    Advice to Management

    solid ate the management team and promote from inside instead of hiring outside.


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