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Ciena Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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Ciena President, CEO, and Director Gary B. Smith
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Pros
  • Focus on work-life balance, competitive pay (in 75 reviews)

  • certain positions can work from home (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Feels like a family run business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very little politics. Execs are accessible and down to earth. Everyone pulling in the same direction. We play to win - and do so the right way.

    Cons

    Merit increases and bonus pool don't always match success or propects


  2. "Great People, Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, solid leadership, great products, global in scope and thought. Benefits among the best I've come across in my career. Very people-focused culture.

    Cons

    Can be a bit siloed and fragmented organizationally. Geographic dispersion and functional alignment is largely the culprit. Not really a serious negative.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to encourage cross-functional teaming.


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    "Awesome/Innovative Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring leadership, the employees are highly motivated and efficient. It's a pleasure to work with people who are dedicated to always improving and high productivity. Their is a spirit of collaborative that is unmatched. Work/life balance is encouraged and they are dedicated to not only improving the customer experience, but also the employee experience. Very flexible

    Cons

    Could improve in diversity of leadership


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  5. "Ciena Corporation review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't praise this company enough. Everything from their onboarding to their benefits package and work/ life balance is extraordinary. Ciena has a diverse culture and we all embrace and learn from our global coworkers. The opportunity to advance within the company is very much encouraged. I am honored to be a part of the Ciena family.

    Cons

    There aren't any that I have come across.


  6. "Corporate review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Focus on work-life balance, competitive pay

    Cons

    No cons at this present time.


  7. "Hardware Design Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Hardware Design Intern in Norcross, GA
    Former Intern - Hardware Design Intern in Norcross, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gained lot of knowledge from the seniors and my coworkers. Learned how to test different line modules boards, etc...

    Cons

    Nothing I can find.


  8. "Packet Network Architect"

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

    Pros

    Great leadership from top management, and overall good working environment, with room to participate, contribute and make a difference.

    Cons

    I guess this is part of corporate America, politics, where at times people get aligned to ideas based on the title of the person presenting the idea, rather than the value of the idea being presented

    Advice to Management

    Processes could be simpler and more relaxed; this would result in more flexibility and agility, while promoting more accountability and empowerment


  9. "Embedded Software"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clena provides the opportunity to work on cutting edge ethernet network switching software. The work environment is flexible and supportive with competitive compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Ciena continues to maintain a high pressure startup atmosphere which requires each engineer to perform at a very high level of productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to maintain a challenging and exciting work environment which supports the career development aspirations of engineers. Flexibility and support of personnel is important.


  10. "Hiring Process"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The process was very professional, the HR group always responded on a timely and professional manner. Every time I had a question they responded immediately.

    Cons

    I have no cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great job


  11. "Excellent company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ciena has a great corporate culture based on trust, customer focus and informality. While being a mid-sized company with thousands of employees it still is very much like a large family where everybody knows each other and everybody is helping others and working together.

    Cons

    Could use occasionally some more outside perpective

    Advice to Management

    Keep rolling


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