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Ciena Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Focus on work-life balance, competitive pay (in 73 reviews)

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

Cons
  • work life balance might not be as good as u want (in 11 reviews)

  • No real career growth/progression opportunities (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "uneven distribution of work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable environment(at least appears so)

    Cons

    Those who work are rewarded with more work and eventually get into trouble
    Those who don't work are allowed to get by.
    Compensation is not performance based but based on seniority and level of experience

    Middle management does not convey issues brought out by engineers to upper level management

    Advice to Management

    Man up and reward performers. Don't reward people just for having more years of experience. Distribute work evenly, do not over burden performers


  2. "Account Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented people, continuous product development, true customer-first mentality

    Cons

    Very few come to mind now that old school Nortel processes have mostly been overcome

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do


  3. "Former employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    certain positions can work from home

    Cons

    rather not reveal at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep better track of employees


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  5. "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


  6. "Ciena is a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at Ciena. Ciena has Great People and provides Great Benefits and Flexible Working that really works for single parents.

    Cons

    For me "Traveling", only because I dont like to travel.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate ALL levels of employees with comparable salaries.


  7. "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. ESPP, Bonus, flexible work schedule and work life balance.

    Cons

    Big company reliance on excessive meetings

    Advice to Management

    Delegate


  8. Helpful (3)

    "I'ts an 'okay' place, great benefits, but a lot of knife throwing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely and without being micro managed.

    Cons

    I was laid off one day before I would have been eligible to receive my annual bonus. Nice, huh? Lack of communication and a lot of disconnect within the team.


  9. "Sr. Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome people - Some of the best I've ever worked with...Benefits are great, compensation is on above average, executive management team are approachable, and there are plenty of opportunities to advance if you have the desire and right attitude.

    Cons

    Speed to market is slow. Network Virtualization and open software are disrupting their business. Carriers are their primary customer base and that is cause for concern.

    Advice to Management

    Need to penetrate new markets outside of the carrier community. Accelerate software development and get them to market quickly. Stop being just a product company


  10. "Packet Network Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  11. "Great culture, smart people, visionary CEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for...one of the pioneers in the industry. Flexible.work from home is encouraged. Most importantly the executive are very very accessible!

    Cons

    Leave and come back to command a better salary...that is just ridiculous that people have to do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! It's working



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