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Ciena Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Columbia, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    $$ stock small company feel and the engineering work I do is intersection

    Cons

    Can be hard to move up. Bonus unpredictable ivory tower


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Services Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Services Project Manager in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I worked with some great people, especially the network engineering people.

    Cons

    No work/life balance in the org I worked in. Way overloaded with work, approximately 60+ hours/week.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the scope of work involved and staff accordingly. Learn how to manage your customers so that they don't bleed you.

  3. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Worked with cutting edge hardware technology. Great team of people to work with.

    Cons

    Culture is changing with latest aquisition of Nortel. Not much career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries should be adjusted for at least the rate of inflation on an annual basis.


  4. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Project Manager in Ballwin, MO
    Former Employee - Field Project Manager in Ballwin, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ciena (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere. Outstanding benefits

    Cons

    No bad experiences working there


  5. Helpful (4)

    "No growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours.
    good and mature team members.
    Releases are planned appropriately.
    work-life balance is very good.

    Cons

    divide and rule culture,
    information hiding culture so that non-technical management can show they power.
    low or average pay perks and benefits,
    Not much exciting work,
    Low motivation levels
    All 401k management candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Management tries to show off that they are doing a lot for career development
    of the employees, but in reality nothing much has been done on this front.


  6. "Network Engineer in Solution Consulting & Engineering group."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, challenging environment that makes me smarter every day.

    Cons

    Too long of a commute, too unpredictable a schedule.


  7. "Nice place with classic management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MA
    Current Employee - IT Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, good opportunity to work on new technologies with so many projects in pipeline for next 5 years. Professional employees relationship across company. Decent benefits and very flexible with work location (remote or on site). Global exposure and healthy planning

    Cons

    Most of the management is loyal (or well established for retirement) and has been in same position for more than a decade which leaves limited or no growth in career. Not much rotation policy across the company if you need to growth.

    Advice to Management

    May be a rotation policy for Directors or above management every two can do wonder and help back-up management in crisis

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Principal Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn new things

    Cons

    low salaries, no RSUs given only to few people.

    Advice to Management

    should identify real performing people and reward them. Internal candidates should be preferred for vacant positions before opening to external .


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very positive so far."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good (top end for our area), and environment is generally healthy. The company has been very good at compensating top performers and hard workers. Lots of average employees whine because they don't get treated like royalty... this company's philosophy is simple: you work hard, you'll be rewarded accordingly. If you're an average producer, you'll see average compensation... and if you don't cut the mustard, you won't last. Simple as that.

    Can work from home if desired, and the work schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Workloads are very heavy at times, and the technology is very complicated. Can be overwhelming. Need to hire more people to accomplish all the initiatives in the pipeline.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Micro managed and no room for growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Management Co-op in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Network Management Co-op in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Company does not promote from within. Does not try to develop and motivate employees. Moral is low. Compensation is low. Micro managed by management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. This motivates employees


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