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You always have to be on your toes
Procurement Specialist (Former Employee) –  Kanata, ON26 February 2019
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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Great co-workers
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Management
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Great
Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON23 February 2019
Great work culture / awesome company

fair interview process

worked one summer for them

good stock

good leadership

good telecommunications industry player
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poor pay stuck on contract rotating puppet managers no job review no raises
Technologist (Former Employee) –  Kanata, ON4 February 2019
Nice friendly people but managerment is clueless as to what you do,,,always stuck on contract no raises,,,overtime expected....clique like mentality so god help you if you don't fit in
Pros
nice people
Cons
terrible pay
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3.0
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Good benefits, flexibility
Global Commodity Manager (Former Employee) –  Saint-Laurent, QC19 December 2018
Overall good, has its ups and downs with regards to different management styles. Management changes almost every year, so you need to adapt to each new style and each one has his own preferences and requirements, not always in the best interest of the organization as a whole. Year end every year always brought layoffs which made it very unsettling to do an effective job.
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work from home
Cons
long hours
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Excellent opportunity to grow professionally.
Consultant - Engineering Operations, Customer Care (Former Employee) –  APAC31 October 2018
There is a lot of opportunity to grow and learn leading edge technology. The management is very supportive on training and in your acquiring advance learning. Cool people to work with.
Pros
Travel, projects, managing own time
Cons
None for the company
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productive and fun workplace
Software Developer (Co-op) (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON17 April 2018
productive and fun workplace, nice surroundings, nice colleagues, I've learned a lot of skills both working and social skills in the company. My supervisor is really nice.
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Fun Place to Work
Software Developer (Former Employee) –  Montreal, QC18 March 2018
Ciena has very interesting and challenging project in hand right now, All colleagues are very supportive and helpful. Overall it is a fun place to work. Highly recommend Ciena.
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True Industry Leader
Agile Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Kanata, ON13 March 2018
Cutting edge innovation and technology, both from the perspective of the product lines and R&D environment. A place full of energy and striving for excellent.
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Never a dull moment - Dynamic Telecommunication provider
Director, Business Operations, Learning Services (Former Employee) –  Saint-Laurent, QC17 February 2018
Ciena is always evolving and staying in step with market trends. Its promotes an environment that integrates cultural diversification and has outreach to virtually all geographies.

A typical work day will include some form of a video conference call with attendees from across the globe. It makes for very inspiring engagements. An excellent IT infrastructure offers high grade work-from-home experiences.

Regular quarterly communication sessions allow the entire company to receive updates from the Senior Executives/leaders of the company.
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awesome experience, you will learn many cutting edge technologies in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Software engineer Intern (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON15 January 2018
was an intern for one year at the new ottawa campus (kanata) and overall it was a great experience, so much stuff to learn from very talented and knowledgeable persons. Managers always try to find the best fit for your talents and what you eager to learn about. As a con I would say that people over there really work long hours (it was usual for me to be connected at 11 PM or so and see many of my team members online) and the salary doesn't necessarily takes that into account.
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Work from home
Cons
Long hours
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Good place to work, poor career advancement opportunities
Lead Engineer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON18 December 2017
The work environment is great, smart people and flexible hours. However, the opportunities for career advancement are limited.

The immediate management team was great. They really cared about their employees and provided support where needed. However, upper management is more concerned with the bottom line to the detriment of other aspects of the company.
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4.0
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Opportunity to learn new skills
Software Developer (Former Employee) –  Kanata, ON5 December 2017
Opportunity to acquire new skills in group I was working with. Had chance for both on site and online training, but generally with focus of training for areas that you were or would be working in.
Pros
Decent coffee, training opportunities.
Cons
Busy work cycles every 3 months (per quarter)
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A good company to work for if you get in
Unix Support (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON12 June 2017
It is a good company to work for if you get a job there as an employee. I work as contractor, I am in to do my work and out to go home. So, not really much to say ....
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Relaxed environment
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Great place to work
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Montreal, QC17 May 2017
Great place to work.
God Job work life balance. Flexibility and remote work.
Always learning new technologies, great team members.
Good management staff.
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Work & life balance is good
Software Engineer II (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON13 April 2017
C embedded software development
Work & life balance is good
Salary is not competitive
Promotion is limited
Flexible work time and WFH
Benefit package is good
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Nice place to work
Electronics Repair Technologist (Former Employee) –  Kanata, ON4 February 2017
Nice place to work, interesting technology.
Office was fantastic, they provided food and had a nice gym.
People working there were very helpful and friendly.
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Excellent Company to work for.
Benefits Associate (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON23 December 2016
Great work life balance, lots of opportunities for training and personal development.
Great Benefits. Love my co workers, every one works well together.
I love helping the employees who need support and understanding about their personal leave requirements for various reasons.
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Good people, questionable leadership
Software Engineering Manager / Software Designer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON9 December 2016
Aggressive expansion (hiring, new programs, new buildings) based on exaggerated market forecasts leading to eventual layoffs. Lack of advancement leads to good people leaving, those that remain often not motivated. Ridiculous sick day policy.
Pros
good people, new equipment, interesting work
Cons
lack of training, little advancement, questionable leadership
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good company and product
Waveserver Product development (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON16 November 2016
Job Work/Life Balance: good
Salary/Benefits: good
Job Security/Advancement: average
Management: poor
Job Culture: good

Good product and executives. low level managers are not good.
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Good product
lead software engineer (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON16 November 2016
- good work balance
- co-works are very friendly
- schedule is reasonable
- vacation plan is very good
- company culture is good
- no job training
- too many meetings
- no sick day pay
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