At Ciena Corporation, 84 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 646 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.57. It was published on Oct 31, 2018. 31134 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked Ciena Corporation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Ciena is a networking systems, services, and software company providing solutions for clients to create adaptive networks that respond to constantly changing demands. Through consultative relationships, Ciena people deliver best-in-class technology and build the world’s most sophisticated networks with automation and scale.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Telecommunications
US Headquarters: Hanover, Maryland, 21076 US Sites: 9
Major Locations: San Jose, California, 95134; Petaluma, California, 94954; Alpharetta, Georgia, 30009; RTP- Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 27709; Miami, Florida, 33027; Denver, Colorado, 80111; Dallas, Texas, 75082; Spokane, Washington, 99216; Austin, Texas, 78731 US Employees: 1,760
US Revenues: $1,630 million Worldwide Revenues: $2,801.7 million
Employees Worldwide: 5,961 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: CIEN Founded: 1992

Ciena Cares

Perks and Programs

We asked Ciena Corporation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Flexible Working: Ciena offers three classifications of work arrangements to meet employees' preferences for structure or flexibility. "Office Workers" are individuals who primarily work from a Ciena office and may work from home 2-3 times per month. "Flexible Workers" are office-based individuals who work from home on a regularly scheduled basis (typically 1 to 3 days per week)--most Ciena employees fall into this category. Lastly, individuals are classified as a "Remote Worker" if they work full-time from home and come into a Ciena office 2-3 times a month for meetings. 75% of Ciena employees utilize a Flex Schedule and 70% use Telecommuting options.
  • Ciena Cares: Ciena Cares, the company's community engagement program has been updated during the past year. The program is built on four focus areas--flexible volunteering, matching treasure-with-treasure, matching time-with-treasure, and supporting disaster relief efforts). The focus areas reflect the passions of our people for giving back to under-served communities and charitable causes. The program is supported by 32 Ciena Cares Champions at main sites around the world who inspire and lead community outreach activities in their local communities. More details are available at Ciena is proud of what our people do in the community and how they are inspired to do more each year. 
  • Global Family Leave: Ciena offers a global family leave program that provides 18 weeks fully paid, and helps mothers return to work by allowing a reduced working week, with full pay for up to 6 months. Fathers receive 4 weeks paid leave, helping both parents to enjoy bonding time with their newborn child. For those who are adopting, 4 weeks paid leave are provided any time during first 18 weeks from date of adoption. For Carers, 2 weeks of paid leave (per year) are provided to help look after a spouse, child or parent who has serious health conditions. Where statutory provisions exceed Ciena’s global family leave program, Ciena’s global family policy is integrated with statutory requirements.
  • Women@Ciena: Women@Ciena hosts a Global Women’s Council that includes women and men from across the company--all levels, regions, and disciplines are represented--to ensure broad leverage of talents and insights. The council's aim is to grow the company’s diversity program globally, with local action in each of the regions in which we operate. It involves the creation of smaller, regional groups to meet once a quarter as a ‘diversity team’ to share activities and develop best practices in grassroots programs. Leaders of our Global Women’s Council initiate local projects and initiatives every quarter. As well, they connect, communicate, and participate with other regional councils as an inclusive global team.
  • Black & African Heritage@Ciena: The Black & African Heritage@Ciena Council focuses on attracting, developing, retaining and increasing the contributions of black people and those of African heritage to enhance Ciena's business outcomes. Bringing like-minded people together strengthens the voice of employees and enables the power of diverse thinking to influence business decisions and results. We believe that diversity and differences make us stronger, more competitive, more innovative, and creative. Inclusion occurs when we successfully leverage our differences. With that in mind, the council extends our cultural reach, and creates opportunities for internal and external connections where employees can interact, learn, support one another, and explore shared interests.
  • Distinguished Engineer Awards: The company proudly sponsors a program designed to celebrate and recognize outstanding technical contributions within Ciena and build a network of our most-valued, esteemed, and influential experts. Consistent with other programs in our industry, we confer two designations--Ciena Fellow and Ciena Distinguished Engineer. Both designations are prestigious lifetime honors that recognize employees for exceptional technical contributions, exemplary leadership, and significant technical influence.
  • Bravo Employee Recognition Program: bravo! is a way for Ciena employees to recognize the outstanding contributions of colleagues. With the company's core values as a foundation, employees publicly acknowledge others for achieving exceptional customer outcomes and creating rewarding experiences. The Ciena recognition program provides effective ways to thank and reward others for exemplifying our company values and beliefs. We are proud to foster an inclusive environment and value everyone's perspectives, ideas, and solutions to meet the needs of our customers globally.
  • Collaboration: Ciena widely invests in, and promotes, innovative technology that supports cross-functional collaboration among all employees worldwide (e.g., Sharepoint Online, Zoom Video, MS Teams, Yammer).
  • Vectors Annual Summit: For five weeks each year, Ciena invites customers from around the world to visit its R&D Labs in Ottawa to interact with engineers and developers. This exclusive, invitation-only event provides customers with opportunities to meet face-to-face with the men and women who painstakingly design and develop the  products that fuel our networks. The access we provide them during this unique event is unmatched in the industry. We also offer industry analysts and press chaperoned experiences at the event, and we open the event to our employees as well including hosting a global employee webcast by our CEO from the site.
  • SMKO: An annual event, the Ciena Sales & Marketing Kickoff (SMKO) brings regional sales and marketing teams together to align for customer success in the year ahead. This year, SMKO will be hosted in Orlando, Florida.


$3200 Average salary match company contributes to 401(k)/403b per employee80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Restricted stock units
Ciena Lunch


Unlimited Vacation Paid time off 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (75% use it)
  • Telecommute option (70% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Cafeterias, gym access, yoga room, collaboration areas, and technology bars are among amenities available at various locations.)


90 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
90 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit20 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
20 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

QMS Director Leads environmental impact team Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit
4 LEED certified building(s) Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Senior Director of Internal Communications and Diversity oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women
  • 3 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery
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How to Get Hired

We asked Ciena Corporation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We take our culture and values seriously and identify and select candidates based on these criteria. Primarily we are looking for openness, honesty and a strong sense of team. Much of our work is very matrixed so having that as a background skill is a plus. Due to this matrixed format many times employees are expected to be able to work with minimum guidance and work on teams that cross multiple time-zones and geographies. Technical skills are also highly valued at Ciena so we make sure that our candidates are experts in their fields.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

First and foremost, "get us". We believe our history and ways-of-working set us apart from many other companies. Prospective hires get a peek into this at the beginning of the recruiting process and opportunities to learn about the company continue through interviews and the onboarding process. Ciena recruiters look for new ideas, innovative thinking, and demonstrated ability to effectively work in team settings.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Being an optical networking company, we are always interested in meeting optical engineers as well as individuals with general engineering backgrounds (software and hardware) for our R&D organization.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Ciena loves to stay connected with talented individuals, so check out our LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram pages to learn more. Go to to hear from senior executives, clients, and employees. Most importantly, we believe in the power of connection--strike up a conversation with a Ciena recruiter when you see a position that is a good fit for you.

hiring Outlook

38 Average applicants per opening 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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