JDSU Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
175 Reviews
2.9
175 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always at the mercy of financial performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technology and products. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Always felt threatened by layoffs if the company financial performance was not pleasing Wall Street. And it did not matter how good a job you did since it does not effect the stock price in the short term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk that the employees are valuable but demonstrate that you are committed to them through thick and thin. JDSU's culture of shedding employees to please Wall Street means that employees have no real loyalty to JDSU and will jump ship if they have the opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    JDSU can be your oyster...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and environment to work in - challenging but open and forgiving
    Constantly changing
    Flexibility on working time/taking time off
    Competitive benefits and salaries
    Career progression (if you put in the effort) - it will not get handed to you on a plate
    Create your own opportunities vertically/horizontally and across different functions and regions
    If you're a dedicated and committed employee you will be valued
    If you want to be heard you need to speak up, but you will be listened to
    Come with a resolution, not an issue and you will be respected and appreciated

    Cons

    Challenging - can be hard to work in this environment if you're used to a more traditional hierarchy and way of working (e.g. things are clear and obvious)
    Historical cultures and processes stick around too long which creates negative energy and illogical/inefficient working
    Communication - not always great between different functions and from management down
    Global vs Local - can create conflicts and difficulties with working practices and expectations
    Can work you hard/long hours if you let your job take over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more timely and effectively
    Admit when you've made the wrong decision
    Respect and understand local practices and working cultures, not just global

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great co-op student experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at JDSU as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The team was small and agile with very competent people. Received good feedback from manager and always knew how to adjust to better meet goals, flexible work environment, a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    Felt there was lack of training at the start. Communication between marketing versus engineering often conflicted in terms of my targets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More involvement with co-ops, allow students to network with each other and larger team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Innovative environment, nice people and very good work culture. Work place is nice in singapore.

    Cons

    I found that Salary growth rate is on lower side. Also some strategies for future are not very clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hi-Tech company leading in difficult markets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milano (Italy)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milano (Italy)

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    leading company with leading portfolio of solutions that cover all markets, strong management and teams very skilled and professional.

    Cons

    As a global company they used to globally set up same organization, this is hardly working with little offices and massive business centralization causes weakness in local organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategies requires plan and time to execute, too often management change too quickly, no time to build.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Support Services Technician in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at JDSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits and lots of friends. There are training opportunities but you've got to ask for it.
    My position involves lots of traveling for business so I have the opportunity to travel round the country.

    Cons

    JDSU is involved in a lots of outsourcing, acquisition and mergers resulting in department and employee lay offs. Also not enough raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company grew through acquisitions, so really depends on which site/group you are a part of.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Current CEO has done a good job over the past 5 years integrating all of the different sites to be more unified - one culture, improved communication, common goals.
    Pretty reasonable/flexible work schedule - heavy when critical deadlines, more relaxed when things are slower, not constant sweatshop.
    Diverse in terms of products/technology and sites/locations - opportunity to move around if you want to try something new by moving internally.

    Cons

    HR is unimpressive - no real concept of employee development/career paths, managers a lot of times on their own to handle their reports, have seen improvements over past couple of years though.
    Saw a lot of hiring from outside at higher management levels, rather than promoting/growing leaders from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of people who care and want to do well for themselves and the business unit.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU

    Pros

    Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions.

    Cons

    New management can't harness talent of existing team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people and you will be successful

  10.  

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    Small office environment, everyone knows everyone well.

    Cons

    Nothing much to complaint except they decided to close down the office in Penang.

  11.  

    Well managed and structured sales organization - desire to be great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brand recognition, invested in providing sales force with resources to succeed (demo equipment, expenses, training, etc) , sales management. Solid comp plans.

    Cons

    Product quality dipping in places. Top line management making some questionable roadmap decisions. Lot of outsiders coming in and long term talent departing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NSE: Don't lose sight of our core competency for designing and selling top quality telecom instrumentation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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