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Ciena Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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  1. "Warm and friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    I only worked for Ciena for a short period of time. The time I was there, I was treated just like the full-time staff. The atmosphere was friendly and engaging.

    Cons

    I have no cons about Ciena


  2. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good technology, mostly good people

    Cons

    Top heavy management, narrow market range

    Advice to Management

    Less chiefs, more warriors

  3. "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent technology. Located in the Greater Baltimore-Washington area near BWI Airport. Global Company with decent name recognition. Treats people fairly from a compensation and benefits perspective.

    Cons

    Technology limited to a specific strength in optical networking. Limited upward mobility if you are in sales or sales engineering. Very conservative slow moving company. (the anti-google)

    Advice to Management

    Make acquisitions that will increase product portfolio. Keep to timelines on product development so as not to fall behind.


  4. "Software Engineer I"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good teams, work is challenging, opportunities for innovation

    Cons

    Strange management environment, heavy layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Very friendly, need more structure and enforce expectations


  5. "Revenue"

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    Current Employee - Senior Revenue Analyst in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Revenue Analyst in Hanover, MD

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

    Pros

    Good place to work for people who live in the area

    Cons

    N/A. here are a few more words


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    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are mostly amazing. I've made many lifelong friends there.
    Fantastic culture of work flexibility. I work both from the office and remotely, and set my own schedule.
    Very competitive salaries.
    Culture of innovation.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover lately, especially in Marketing leadership.
    Emphasis on hiring senior-level roles from outside, rather than promoting from within. This leads to people getting stuck at a certain level, and they end up leaving the company.
    The hardest, most valuable workers are recognized in some ways, but typically not with promotions and raises.

    Advice to Management

    Take stock of the high performers and do what it takes to keep them, or else the wave of people leaving will only get bigger.


  7. "Good and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and new technology

    Cons

    Became Nortel and top down strategy

  8. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good friendly people great compensation

    Cons

    location relocation people and amenities

    Advice to Management

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  9. "Sr. Sales Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    My job is quite flexible.

    Cons

    Career development not as fast as I would like.


  10. "Celebrating my 2 year anniversary at Ciena"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People and work/life balance flexibility

    Cons

    Sometimes still acting like a "start up"...

    Advice to Management

    Continue this amazing culture of a working life and don't be quick to judge new talent with new ideas for driving the business forward.


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