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Nice place to work. The workload is not too much. The topic is interesting. Hope I could be the official employee there. Working from home is great..
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12 September 2022
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Content de l'experience

Belle collaboration et méthode mis en oeuvre pour l'integration de l'equipe.
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Official response from Ciena

11 May 2023
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Good company

I learned a lot when I was working at Ciena taught me a lot which is really nice. It was a very good time to work there, and the company has a very good environment.
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12 September 2022
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Avoid if you can

Flexible vacation means no vacations you could take. Full of fake peoples, pretend to care but not at all. Once you are utilized, you will be disposed of being useless. You need lip your manager feet to get a promotion otherwise you will stay at where you are. No one cares!!!!
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Very Stressful work environment

- Ciena is doing lot of lay offs in Ottawa in last 2-3 years. Work is being shifted to India for cheap labor.- Employees are asked to Work on weekends with, so don't expect any work life Balance.


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- Long Work hours
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Great environment and team collaboration

-Great support from management and HR -Very competitive pay -Continuously growing company -Flexible work-life balance, work from home, and time off -Available positions within the company for any skill
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Medium paced and casual with a good work environment

Managers are often friendly and personable people who genuinely care about their employees. A typical day is not stressful and the work environment encourages productivity but in a relaxed manner
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it is a very good and welcoming place to work. You have opportunities move in the company

Fast agile working environment. Lots of new technologies to learn, ranging from high level to low level technology. The working hours is not 9-5 as in other high-tech companies. You have to meet with tight deadlines.
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Innovative technology and fun place to work at

It is a great place to work at Ciena. there are lots of challenges and learning opportunities. Management and other professional engineers are very helpful and willing to guide if help is needed.
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Fall from grace

Ciena went from a collaborative innovation engine to a boottom line driven margin chaser with a US centric protectionist bent in short 7 years after taking over the Nortel MEN division.
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Was a great place to work...but...

In my position I was basically on call 24/7. Sales drive everything and you are expected to meet the obligations sold. Expect to travel a lot. Your quarterly results will make or break you. The company has the moto ONTG or One Neck To Grab. If you are in charge of something, you are the ONTG. Everything is based on this. Lots of room to move within the company, but it is really more about who you know than what you know. A lot of really good people to work with but watch your back. That said, I'd do it all again.
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Flexible work environment with a supportive team

Ciena's great. If you can work there, do so. The level of flexibility is fantastic, the cafeteria is great, and the environment is really friendly and relaxed.
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Fantastic place to work

Amazing work culture at Ciena. Everyone was super supportive from the day you start. Small teams with big tasks allows an individual to learn a lot in a short period of time. Great people and fun environment.
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Opportunities to grow

Low turnover and internal mobility make this company perfect for anybody seeking job security and opportunities to learn. There is a strong emphasis on the company culture.
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Great place to stabilize your career

There are lots many departments & many more things to learn. Hard to be a permanent employee but once in might be chances to return to work again but some times end up work & having breaks by your self, nice management
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Good people

I like the poeple at the company very experienced and friendly.
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Interesting technology with opportunity to learn

I had the opportunity to learn about industry leading technology while working with the management interface team. The company offers work from home solutions and a good work-life balance with decent salary.
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Productive and fun workplace

Productive and fun workplace. Leading company in optical telecommunication industry. Good job culture. Bonus, Health plan, Pension. Paid time off Vacation
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Productive and Nice enviornment

Productive and Nice environment. Excellent work culture. Great place to work.Good place to improve your skills and learn more new technologies. Excellent place to work!
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Productive work

The work is fast paced and interesting, they are always open to you trying something new. The workplace promotes friendship but keep to the 9-5 schedule (in a good way)
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You always have to be on your toes

I've been part of several "re-structures" within this company and you're always left feeling nervous. Management does not support you. They expect you to take on more work than possible without complaining and just accept it. Great co-workers however management in procurement tend to run the company lean and there's nothing you can do about it. I enjoyed my time there because of the people. This company uses and abuses you until they get what they want from you and then they throw you to the curb.


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Based on 331 reviews

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3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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