Ciena Employee Reviews in United States

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Productive and fun place to work
Human Resources (Former Employee) –  Hanover, MDJanuary 16, 2016
Nice people to work with. Lots of learning opportunities. CEO is awesome. If you like working in a matrixed environment this is a good company to work for. Good starting company for Interns and New Grads.
Pros
Work/Life Balance and compensation is good.
Cons
Lots of learning opportunies, but not a lot of growth opportunities.
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Not Technical - No Career
Procurement Lead (Current Employee) –  New HampshireNovember 4, 2015
Ciena is a good company if you just want to exist. There is no career advancement possible, even internal job postings are filled by the friends and family network. Very poor leadership at middle management level.
Pros
Flexible working
Cons
Poor leadership
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good
Ciena - Lead to Quote (Current Employee) –  Hanover, MDNovember 14, 2015
I am very much happy to work here. good management and good work culture and flexible timings.good place to learn new things.
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Oracle Fusion Functional Consultant
Principal Consultant (Current Employee) –  Hanover, MDMay 20, 2016
• Reading the business process documents of business and drafting the same to oracle terminology.
• Well versed and providing the directions to team and executing the pre and post upgradation steps for 11i to R12.
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great company to work for
Electronic Technician (Former Employee) –  Linthicum, MDJuly 19, 2016
Testing High Tech equipment, using electronic equipment. This company treat you like family. We all work as a team to accomplish the success to the company
Pros
like family
Cons
none
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Cutting Edge
Senior Network Engineer (Current Employee) –  RemoteApril 11, 2016
Ciena is definitely on the cutting edge of technology and leading the way in the telecommunications industry. They have the foresight into the future of fiber optic networking.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Disengaged culture.
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Good place to work
Oracle data entry contract worker (Former Employee) –  Glen Burnie, MDAugust 7, 2015
Not heavy work. Ciena sells telecommunication equipment which are small circuit boards and cables. Nice people to work with and helpful. The work is detailed and every thing is done according to serial numbers as well as a part number. You have to be able to read very small print at times. You get a 45 minute lunch break 15 minutes of which is paid. Some overtime but not to the point that it is too much. The management is good and cares about employees and contract workers as well. I enjoyed working there.
Pros
Nice pay and good inviorment
Cons
Contract workers could wait up to a year or more to be hired on
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Mock IT department
Lead, IT applications (Current Employee) –  Hanover, MDFebruary 20, 2015
Business model is not bad. But IT? I am surprised at those who say its challenging.. Yah, guarding the poor quality solutions by easily available less prices specializations, by offshores, can get challenging. Internal IT is a mockery. Only one way for advancement is by being a manager, approving the poor solutions. And some of these managers who have been with Ciena for long now, think they own the company. They don't have basic professionalism, openly threatening employees, who comment on the quality of the product. Ratings are based on manager opinions, than actual work. Quality people, if hired by chance, make sure they escape soon.
Pros
flexibility, global presence
Cons
offshore management, grapevines, quality of work
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sweat shop
Sn (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAJune 11, 2014
Autmated max config parameters. Run test logged in HP Quality Center, our test case database. Verified discovered defects and filed defects for non-compliance of Ciena 5410 machine Operating system. Created test cases to verify the same.
Pros
pay is ok
Cons
ciena, on the west coast anyway is the worst company i've ever worked at in 40 years of career., they management is very political, they run overly aggressive and unrealistic schedules, they have top heavy managment who don't listen to their engineers, then blame engineers for missed schedules, blame engineers for missed defects found customer found defects
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Offshore Hub
IT Analyst (Former Employee) –  Alpharetta, GADecember 4, 2014
Watch out, This is a strong offshore hub. You can find your niche, culture is good enough. But don't expect standards.
Compensation, flexibility, training are pros. Overall company business model not bad. IT , tho, is heavily decided by manager. hence unpredictable.

If you do not mind working with more control with offshores, and just want legacy on your name.
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Challenging, competitive, and enjoyable
OSMINE TL1 Tester (Former Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAJune 3, 2015
Some elements of the job were truly challenging and competitive; but, most of the time, the work environment was enjoyable as well. I will miss this job - sometimes.
Pros
It was truly a great place to work.
Cons
Sometimes, it was difficult to find the original sources.
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Fun place to work with an interesting laboratory
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAApril 13, 2014
As an engineering intern, I did not have a "typical day" at work as my responsibilities would change on a day-to-day basis. I learned a lot about the electrical engineering industry in terms of design, testing/debugging, and final release of products. My co-workers were very nice and fun people to be around. The hardest part of the job was the debugging phase, as that could become a long and tedious process. The most enjoyable part of the job is getting to work with very high-tech and complex circuitry.
Pros
company picnics
Cons
temporary position
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Great atmosphere to work in
Database Admin / Order Management (Current Employee) –  Linthicum, MDJanuary 16, 2014
Everyone works well together. Very relaxed environment. Managers looks out for your advancement.
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Lacks clear stable direction at the worker bee level
Senior System Test Automation Engineer (Former Employee) –  Spokane Valley, WANovember 14, 2014
Worked with a great group of people.
But, important work shouldn't be scheduled to be done in the cracks.
Pros
pay was okay
Cons
projects and plans leave no real time for complete coverage
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Productive and fun work environment
senior technician (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDJuly 22, 2012
liked working with the company. alot of growth in the beginning. Worked on past, present and new products to keep up with the companies demands. Loved my co-workers. Very team oriented
Alot of hands on training through the years which i loved
Alot of multitasking which was great
Pros
worked without alot of supervision daily
Cons
laidoff twice
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Good Place to Work
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Linthicum, MDMay 29, 2013
This position was only temporary. Ciena was a good place to work. This is a large company. Always room to grow.
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Great job with wonderful benefits and security
Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) –  Linthicum Heights, MDJanuary 1, 2014
Wonderful Co-workers and teams.
Had great Training on the latest product and systems.
Paid Travel expenses.
I really enjoyed my experience at Ciena.
Pros
could work from home some days
Cons
n/a
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Challenging and dynamic work environment
Senior Compensation Analyst (Lead) (Current Employee) –  Hanover, MDNovember 23, 2013
My experience at Ciena has been very challenging and dynamic.
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Great place to work. Unfortunately deployments were hit or miss at the time.
Lightwave Tester (Former Employee) –  VariousFebruary 13, 2012
Great place to work. Unfortunately deployments were hit or miss at the time.
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