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Ciena Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Good company. Chaotic merger"

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

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Engineers. Skilled and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Under staffed in some areas.


  2. "Industry Leader"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Career direction seems to be an after thought


  3. "Enlightening"

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

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

    Pros

    With a minute exception, the leadership team is solid and focussed. If you are in need of support, you can find the right person(s) or get pointed in the right direction. The company is supportive of growth and individual development towards a career goal.

    Cons

    Too many "rocks" that slows the company's growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders and not bosses


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  5. "Excellent work environment, great products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineerenior Account Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong technical team, great sales support, great earnings potentail

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, good ol' boy network at corporate

    Advice to Management

    You have some deadwood that adds little value but earns big salaries. Housecleaning is long overdue.


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no micro-managing. VERY diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pays less than average for position

    Advice to Management

    Give more performance raises


  7. "Ciena"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in North Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, great engineers and healthy work culture, more like a startup type of setup in North Atlanta. The productivity is very high.

    Cons

    Focus on one technology and not much variation over the years. Due to lack of technical culture in North Atlanta, there is not much happening besides Ciena.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive.


  8. "Great teamwork environment, forward thinking, innovative"

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative, collaborative, salaries and bonuses competitive. Corp policy 2 days remote work, if job permits. I never work over 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Bonuses lacking, raises subpar, management top heavy

    Advice to Management

    You're a manager if you have people under you. There are too many upper managers with no subordonates.


  9. "Lead engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Very dedicated and talented people, flexible workplace, challenging environment

    Cons

    Going through lot of reorg, uncertainty! Ok benefits


  10. "Overall good experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and good work environment. People respect each other. We all have friends at work place.

    Cons

    Company does not provide a lot of work related trainings. Also there have been too many layoffs due to the big environment.


  11. "Lead Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good place to work

    Cons

    Lately there has been some layoffs


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