JDSU
2.8 of 5 149 reviews
www.jdsu.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

JDSU Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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2.8 149 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter

Thomas Waechter

(89 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great people, too many management layers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than a year

ProsBright colleagues, flexible working, cool office, reasonable autonomy

ConsToo many layers of management, don't have a clue what is going on back at the floor so make decisions in isolation. Decision making really slow, with no value having to go thru. Work life balance not great. While flexible working it means you work long hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop making decisions which impact people doing the role without knowing what it really means. Can't keep relying on those left to pick up the pieces. Why so many directors, vp and svp and do they all need to be involved in every decision. Get your top management lean.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not recommend for recent graduate. Recommend for people who get married & has a child.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork life balance. If you want your life easier, come here. You don't need to have much skills but can earn average salary. And you can stick at one position for 10 years+ and don't need to worry someone will replace you.

ConsRecent graduate please stay away from this company, they do not offer any career development here. Management positions are occupied by people who worked here by 5 years or more. And I am sure they won't give up their position.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs JDSU is keep expanding and acquiring other companies, please hire someone who can do the real management. Please care or at lease show your respect the staff's idea.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe people - many are really gifted, wonderful people to work with.
There are really good products coming out of this company with R&D investment (though company seems fearful to commit that to customers.)
Seeing the possibilities for improvements.
Hopeful that upper management is putting plans forward in response to annual employee surveys that will help move us forward.
This is a company that doesn't have everything 'figured out', and they know it. Lots of great managers that are open to new ideas. If you like to be able to shape and influence, this is a good place to be.

ConsConcerned that the annual employee survey is only for management to hit a metric. The survey is no longer as detailed nor as probing for complete info. Makes me think the survey is designed to help upper management hit whatever target they want to reach instead of truly probing for info that will help the company.
Are we really done with layoffs yet - or will the next quarter be another round?
Getting a promotion doesn't necessarily mean you get a raise.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember people are working really hard and stretched thin. Please plan your deadlines and communicate that out in a timely manner. At least two-four weeks notice would be a gift. People are on planes, visiting customers and hopefully having a personal life.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Rosa, CA (US)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits are great. Future growth is positive. If you work the 12 hour shifts, having three and four days off is unbeatable.

ConsManagement needs an overhaul. Difficult to get promotions as well as moving up to higher positions. Very little recognition for positive contributions.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to bring in new supervisors to get a fresh view of employees.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Portfolio Company/Mixed Results

Senior Director (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

I worked at JDSU full-time

ProsJDSU was a hot item in the dot-com era and used a lot of it's cash to acquire various businesses over the past 15+ years. It now operates as a "portfolio company" with 3 fairly different business segments. JDSU is a leader in each of the 3 segment's industries. JDSU is a medium sized company ($1.7B revenue, approximately 5,000 employees worldwide) where individuals can still make an impact on the overall results. Executive management strives for innovation to outpace the competition.

ConsAs a portfolio company, the theory is that when one business struggles the other 2 might have better results to offset the downside and create a more stable company. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. In recent years, the 2 largest segments have usually moved in the same direction (i.e., lower or higher revenue in a given quarter), so financial results were highly variable. One of the business units has a very complex business model, which drives a lot of overhead in both the unit and in the corporate functions.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake some hard decisions about simplifying the business model.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Typical international corporation going through changes.

Order Management (Former Employee)
Germantown, MD (US)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

Prospredictable hours, friendly atmosphere, education reimbursement; mostly nice people; expected to perform the job you are hired for

Consoffice politics; constant layoffs, competition between departments; mandatory overtime; expectation to be at work when the weather is so bad that you are advised to be off the roads

Advice to Senior Managementremember that people are people with families and lives - not just numbers that can be sliced away when the bottom line doesn't look like you want; safety is number one; cut out the dead wood

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Senior Desktop Support (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA (US)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

ConsHorrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove one-on-one communication with each person on your team, define specific expectations, don't play favoritism with team, always get your facts straight from both sides of the story before delegating information

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Colorado Springs, CO (US)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than a year

ProsGood people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

ConsNot sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify and focus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Up and down

Security Pigment Recon (Current Employee)
Santa Rosa, CA (US)

I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

Prosbenefits are ok
like who I work with

Consmanagement seems lost and way to busy for be so top heavy here in Santa Rosa

Advice to Senior ManagementLets layoff more six figure staff the ratio of management to employee is tilted heavily toward management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a good place for women

Finance (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCompany has fairly good benefits, quite old HQ office in Milpitas. Good work / personal life balance, had chance to work from home when had to. If you negotiate upfront, salary is at par with market. On-site cafeteria, very small gym. Very nice colleagues, smart people you can learn from.

ConsGood ol' boys club. Working in Corporate is highly political, women are promoted very rearly. Everything depends on the fact if you have an executive sponsorship - friendly VP who will put in a word for you, otherwise, you will die waiting for promotion.

Negotiate your salary upfront, salary raise is not happening there either. Merit happens once in a while. Bonuses promised, but after bonus calculation you get a small portion of what was promised to you. High attrition.

 If you are an assertive smart woman with career aspirations, you are seen as threat to your male colleagues, given a hope for promotion and loaded with extra work (temporary as promised); however promotion never happens and temp assignments stay with you forever. Some senior managment is clearly lacking experience, you are expected to train them. Be aware of annual reviews: nitpicking and back stabbing is a norm.

Going to review meetings with executive management is seen as an opportunity to show that you are a part of the decision making, therefore is being coveted and reserved for directors and above only. Even if they can't explain details of your work due to lack of understanding.

Corporate vanity fair at it worst.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean up the house.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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