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Ciena Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader in the Optical space. Management does try and look at ways to continue to grow the business by branching into market adjacencies. They try to be competitive on compensation especially if you are in Silicon Valley as that is the only way to recruit from competitors (including giving RSUs). Benefits are quite good overall especially at the exec level (VP and above). Distributed geography based culture (hire best folks regardless of location).

    Cons

    For many of the pros there are equivalent cons. Because of their heritage in Optical their mgmt doesn't really understand other market areas and struggles to truly transition to new markets.Not an indictment on intelligence as all smart folks - but rather one of easier and safer to do more of the same and stay in comfort zone (perhaps a muscle memory thing as well) - sell more optical boxes. Culture is a bit mafia or rock-star like - inner circle of core people who insulate themselves and thrive on fans/groupies who don't challenge the establishment; therefore unless on the inside, can be challenging on a number of fronts to progress or truly move the ball forward. Many Nortel folks who bring a bit of that insular and political culture with long time relationships. Not a bad company, but an old world east coast company, politically charged environment with a watch-your-back culture. So if you are good at saluting the flag and clapping on cue, then you'll do just fine and fit in. Only Silicon Valley employees get RSUs - others do not. Sales driven culture, not product innovation driven - neither pro nor con on that - just the way it is.

    Advice to Management

    None, as they usually just nod politely and then do what they believe is best anyway. Though Gary Smith (CEO) seems to be gracious, thoughtful and good guy. But he has been there a long time and has a clear and obvious succession plan in mind.


  4. "director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible work schedule with work from home; virtual company culture

    Cons

    global company that requires high number of hours


  5. "Future Proof Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Ciena is an exciting company to work for. They are constantly innovating at a light speed pace and always excelling in the industry. They offer great benefits and a pretty good opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Salaries are meek compared to the industry. Raises are nearly non-existent due to their constant effort to meet Wall Street financial goals, and due to their common acquisitions of other companies.


  6. "Level 3 Lead Tech"

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    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.


  7. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good processes within its accounting department, no crazy late nights for close. good people in accounting and finance

    Cons

    was going though growth pains due to the acquisition of the nortel business, and was going through cuts to gain profitability

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for .

    Cons

    Mgt do not want to let employees grow.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Work For"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Nice benefits. No career development."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ciena full-time

    Pros

    Ample interesting and challenging work, particularly in IT. Ample opportunities to work remotely provided that role and requirements allow for it. Great time-off benefits, including the recently-added paternity leave and family leave and up to 240 hours regular time off. 401k matching. ESPP. The company is doing well within the industry and offers excellent products.

    Cons

    No career development, no visible career path. Performance reviews are a joke, based on popularity and bias rather than on actual performance. Raises are rare or tend below average. Work-life balance is more like WORK-life.

    Advice to Management

    Career development program with career path.
    Pay transparency.


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